Friday, September 08, 2006


Hmmm... Surprisingly difficult.

I feel like someone who, having scaled Everest, feels they absolutely have to stop for a cup of tea and a long lie-down 100 feet from the summit.

However, am receiving coded messages from blogger. On my most recent sign-ins the letters I have had to type in the box have been


Don't know why it doesn't go the whole hog and say what it really thinks. Something along the lines of Stop faffing around on other people's blogs and get back to your ms you lazy old trout might just do the trick.

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Blogger Eva said...

Call me indulgent, but I think you deserve a break after entertaining three little girls all summer. Why not take a much-deserved (and guilt-free) break before diving back into the manuscript!

Besides, TGIF! (How's that for a friendly coded message?!)

5:00 pm  
Blogger Annie said...

Remember, Imogen, blogger also says 'successfully published' - which is what you'll be when you've finished those revisions! Then you'll have plenty of time to climb Everest, stick your flag in its snowy white peak and have a brew. As for me, I reckon I've got more chance of scaling Everest than ever I have of getting published!

8:06 pm  
Blogger Sue aka MsCreativity said...

I just had to leave a comment to see if Blogger tells me to stop faffing around too.
I got 'rlzbnbii'. Blogger thinks it's being subtle and clever but coincidentally the interpretation for me also ends with 'lazy old trout'... Eva's right in your case though Imogen, you need to give yourself a break.

Eva, is there really such a thing as a 'guilt-free' break?

I agree with Annie about the 'successfully published' bit, but Annie, this applies to you too.

Sue :-)

4:30 pm  
Anonymous Sharon J said...

Buy yourself a bottle of wine and a huge cream cake, indulge yourself and then get on with the revisions. I've a really good feeling about this, y'know. I'm sure publication is just around the corner for you. It'd better be - I've already bought a new pair of shoes for the launch party!

12:14 pm  
Blogger Eva said...

Sharon is right, this is a sure thing. Now that it's Monday and the kids are happily at school, you have no excuses. Get to work, Imogen!

2:42 pm  
Blogger India said...

If only.

Youngest ill.

Am fiddling with the odd sentence while playing 3 different roles (the rubbish ones, of course) in a Barbie wedding. (A Barbie lesbian wedding, to be precise).

Somebody up there hates me.

9:53 am  
Anonymous Sharon J said...

A Barbie lesbian wedding? Now that's a new one on me! My daughters couldn't have had much imagination because as far as I know, they never played that one!

It is going to happen, I. Really and truly. You have to believe it in. Positive vibes and all that. You get back what you send out (no, I don't mean the manuscript in a brown paper envelope!). Think of yourself as a HMB author and a HMB author you will be!

4:37 pm  
Blogger India said...

Thank you for the lovely votes of confidence everyone. Inspired by your kind words I rose from my warm bed at 5.45 and cranked up the laptop.

It will get done. (Might still be rubbish, but it will get done.)

12:20 pm  
Blogger Brown said...

Write that down and stick it on your screen: IT WILL GET DONE.

And then count your blessings. At least at 5.45 in the morning, while your writing might be rubbish, you're not forced into the rubbish roles of a lesbian Barbie wedding.

I knew Ken as a child. Was always surprised that Barbie didn't become a lesbian sooner...Ken or GI Joe...not a whole lot of choice for a girl who's been everything from a scientist to socialite.

And now, must expose my dullness to the world and request that you translate the coded messages from the mtvate (motivate), can fathom the other two: fibil & rlzbnbii (realize and be)?

5:52 pm  
Blogger India said...

I thought 'fibil' was definitely a reference to my lack of stamina, Brown. Feeble. It certainly hit a nerve.

I'm not sure what Annie understood by 'rlzbnbii'. She's actually very clever and is fluent in five languages, so it was probably an in-joke for fellow Swahili-speakers.

Anyway, manuscript completed and sent off about ten minutes ago. Obviously, post-hideous deadline drama the first place I came was the lovely sanctuary. I'm glad I did: your comment about Barbie made me laugh for the first time in about four days!

10:31 am  
Blogger Eva said...

Way to go, Imogen! Congratulations! Keep us updated, please.

6:11 pm  
Blogger Brown said...

Good Lord, you ladies are very clever.

Now that fibil has been explained, feeling ever so dull for not catching it sooner...went to my favorite Indian restaurant las night (and if your book tours ever find you in the fair city of Edmonton, Eva, Annie and Imogen, will be pleased to take you there,) but I was looking at the sign posted on the door detailing their hours and was totally confused: 11-2, & 5-10. One said closed Saturday and Sunday, the other said 5-11...asked the owner and found out the 11-2 is their lunch hours, the other is dinner. Felt oh so smart. She was awfully sweet about it, saying, "Oh, no it's confusing. I'll get Ramesh to write 'lunch' and 'dinner' on the bottom."

As I walked away, I handed the car keys to my husband and said, "Obviously, I'm not fit to drive."

Anyway, thanks for the explanations. If Blogger is sending messages, I best log off. I don't even want to think of what it would say to me. It would probably come right off the screen, smack me in the head and say, "Right. Drop the Rice Krispie Squares, roll yourself into the gym then for God's Sake, do more than sit and fret about the damn book. Write SOMETHING, ANYTHING, but damn it! WRITE!!!

4:16 pm  

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