Monday, March 18, 2013

I Love London in the Springtime...

Happy Monday! Less than one week until my birthday, just in case you needed reminding. Last year, Mr TR and I went to Paris for the weekend. This year, well... let's just say it'll be a celebration if I make it through the day without being sprayed with spit-up/ pee/ explosive cascading poo/ drool. I do have a super-cute baby for my troubles, though, so I really can't complain (much).

This past week was a busy one! I met with my agent at a cute cafe next to the English National Opera, had an enquiry from a publishing house in Brazil, went to lunch with six other mums at the Orangery in Kensington Gardens -- you should have seen the horror on the other patrons' faces as we wheeled our prams in! -- and attended a talk by the wonderful Jane Lovering at a Romantic Novelists' Association event. And the weather, well . . . let's not speak of it; I'll let the ironic title of this post do that. Argh.

I'm now putting the finishing touches on my short story, and tomorrow I'll start plotting a new novel. I've been mulling this one over for a while and I can't wait to get started crafting the story line! A big thank-you to everyone who chimed in with nap suggestions. You'll be pleased to hear Lobster Baby is dozing as I type. Long may it last!

I'll leave you with a photo of this time last year in Paris... sigh!



Have a lovely week, everyone!

58 comments:

  1. Ah- Paris. I wish i could go there- take in some sights Parlez Francais, sighs.....
    Woohoo to getting ready to plot another novel!

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  2. I think your baby trumps Paris any day of the year. And one day, many years from now, you'll miss all the little messes your little one makes.Um, maybe not. :)

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  3. Wow is right! Awesome pic. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

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  4. It sounds as though you have everything under control, Talli, including the baby! Good luck with that new novel.

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  5. Really does sound like you are getting a handle on managing both baby and life, i.e. writing. Knew you would.
    karen

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  6. I'm so envious that you get to live in such an interesting city and that you get to travel to places like Paris. I went to France for a couple weeks when I was twelve, but I didn't fully appreciate it back then; I was just a kid. That just gives me another reason to go back, because I think it would be a different experience as an adult.

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  7. YAY, happy early birthday!!! May it be filled with lots of wine, cake, and napping from Lobster Baby!

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  8. Sounds like a wonderfully busy week! Congratulations on the short story - and hugs to Baby TR!

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  9. It's amazing what can happen in just one year, n'est-ce pas? I think you're doing really well! Good luck with your new novel:)

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  10. You've had a busy week! Good luck with your new idea.

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  11. Awwwww loving Lobster Baby more and more!!! Yay!

    Take care
    x

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  12. What a lovely week! To be honest I read the Hating Game the other day and have downloaded some more Talli tales so for me London is quite lovely in Spring ;)

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  13. I remember those looks walking in with lots of kids and strollers. Sounds like your life is full and busy. Enjoy despite the London "Spring".

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  14. This spring will be so special strolling down the lane with your little one. Awww....

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  15. Sounds like you are having fun and working hard, Talli. Hope you get the Brazil sale - that would be very exciting indeed. Meanwhile lets hope for more Spring sunshine and less snow!

    Kisses to Baby TR

    Janice xx

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  16. Happy Birthday, early. And here's hoping Brazil comes through. Spring is here in Texas, but we still need rain. The wild flowers won't be much this year.

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  17. Yay for a dozing Lobster Baby! Enjoy your time writing. :)

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  18. Happy early Birthday! I think I may have seen Baby TR post on Facebook what he was getting you. He asked us to keep it a secret though, so I cannot tell. :)

    Have a wonderful week!

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  19. Hi Talli .. oh oh life does change with a Baby TR in tow. Are you hinting at lots of birthday presents - I do that too ... but not Lobster Baby variety!!

    I do hope Spring arrives for us all ... and happy writing and plotting and marketing - fascinating about Brazil ... good market to get into ..

    Cheers and enjoy those crocuses in Hyde Park ... Hilary

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  20. Yay for nap times and novel plotting, boo for English weather. You sure had an exciting week - wishing you many more.

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  21. Hi Talli
    Happy almost birthday! How fast has this last year flown? Have fun with the new novel - series or stand-alone?
    Jules and me sending you oodles of love
    Laura x

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  22. Wowza; you're crazy busy! Hope you have an awesome birthday next week :) Remember to take a day off, fill up a glass of wine and take a load off :)

    Jamie

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  23. I can't believe how much you've been able to accomplish with little Lobster Baby! Beautiful photo of Paris! Good luck with your new novel, and have a wonderful birthday Talli!

    Julie

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  24. Don't miss those days when the diapers just don't catch those explosions! :)

    Sounds like you're doing great!!

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  25. Snowed here all day Saturday. It is snowing again now. I am over the snow. Come on Spring!!

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  27. Hi Talli. The great thing about living in London is that Paris is only a quick chunnel-ride away. Oh joy. Takes me as long to train it from Brisbane to my home on the Sunshine Coast, lol!

    All the very best for plotting your new novel. We''ll all be waiting to see if there's baby poo in it, hahahah.

    Have a great week and a wonderful birthday! Be spoilt rotten!

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  28. Y'know, the young man is going to hate you for naming him publicly as Lobster Baby, doncha? You wait. lol! Glad he's getting the timing down on naps. Sure does help you.

    Yah, you and me are singing in the choir over, cough...ahem...spring--or lack thereof! What exciting news about meeting with your publisher and a new book waiting to be given life of its own rather than living in your head. :-)

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  29. Oh, the pic of Paris is lovely...you and Mr TR can always say, while cleaning up spit and poo, we'll always have Paris...

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  30. Good luck with all that! If I can't get back here in time, here's a Happy Birthday wish in advance... Happy Birthday!

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  31. Happy birthday for next week. Paris will still be there....waiting...

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  32. Hi, Talli! You've had a busy week. HAPPY BIRTHDAY a week early. Usually I'm late on sending them, so I can actually say I'm early for once. : )

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  33. Everytime you post a photo from London I want to go back there.It's been so long since we were there mainly because it's getting so expensive but I will have to fit a trip in this year anyway. I would have loved to have seen their faces when all the prams trooped in.Happy birthday when it comes.

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  34. Aww. Happy late birthday, Talli!

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  36. Happy Birthday ahead of time, Talli. Paris for last year sounds pretty good, but you live in a pretty cool place too! Enjoy your day.

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  37. Happy belated birthday, and lovely photo! Yay! For all the great things! Love to bubs.

    ~Nas~

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  38. That is beautiful! I hope to visit Paris one day. But the special day is almost here... WAHOO! Happy, soon-to-be, Birthday!

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  39. Trust me...nap time will become your favorite time of day for several years to come! Don't worry about your weather At least you don't have sleet pinging against your windows and gale-force winds whipping across the open fields. But tomorrow is the big day, the official first day of spring! And happy birthday in advance.

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  40. Talli, I hope you have a lovely birthday. And best wishes to LB as well! In later years you'll look back and say the time all went too fast! Take care

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  41. Ah, Paris!

    Great you're having a busy and productive time.

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  45. Looking forward to your new short story and the new novel!
    Enjoy every moment of your adorable baby!

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  47. Ah, I dream of crossing the Atlantic pond. It's the whole flying thing that I can live without. I guess I have to get a prescription and get over it...eventually. Happy early Birthday!

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  48. It'll be interesting how your birthday compares this year to last year's! Minus the pee and poo, I reckon you'll have a wonderful day!

    CJ x

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