Oh hey, guys. I’m still here, just about. I’ve had drafts piling up here, but I’ve not got round to finishing them because I’m still ill. But here it is: a long-overdue update…
Well, that was 2016. Not the best year all round for current affairs and celeb deaths, eh? On balance, though, it’s been a good year for my writing, so here’s my annual State of the Laura for your delectation. Stick on the live top 250 Eurovision tracks, grab some bubbly, and read on…
I’ll be honest: Blogmas is draining my energy a bit this week. But on the plus side, all of Christmas is organised. Literally all of it. And to celebrate, I’m taking the evening off to watch the start of the festive Eurovision qualifier season, as Albania kick off their selection and I flood your timelines with hot takes.
Meanwhile, I thought I’d remind you that if you’re struggling for present ideas, why not buy a copy of my book for a friend or treat yourself? You can get it in many ways:
- Amazon as a Kindle ebook or paperback
- Smashwords as an EPUB (and a variety of other non-Kindle formats)
- Barnes & Noble as paperback
- Apple iBooks, though I can’t find a link to it without downloading iTunes and I’d rather saw my own face off
- You can also borrow it on OverDrive, an ebook lending service (not available in the UK yet, sadly – I’ll be poking libraries in the new year though!)
- And finally, you can wander into Blackwell’s South Bridge in Edinburgh, where I’m stocked in the Scottish Writers section. Hurray!
Thank you, lovelies! My writing gin fund will be grateful! And with that, it’s mulled wine and Eurovision time…
Er, yes. This should’ve gone out yesterday, as eagle-eyed readers may spot, but I was at an abandoned biscuit factory, eating street food and drinking punch while a DJ played some banging 80s tunes, then I played mini-golf and darts for the first time on the factory’s top floor, came back to drunk-tweet, and fell asleep watching Armenia’s Eurovision qualifiers, waking up in the middle of a Tchaikovsky concert.
As you do.
Now that I’m feeling more human, though, I’ve got edits to get on with, and some Christmassy fiction which I put to a Twitter poll. Half of you wanted rogue fairies, and half wanted festive kelpies. Any more suggestions before I fire up Scrivener and ruin literature some more? Stay tuned for some fictional goodness here later today… ❤
Tomorrow, I’ll be in Stockholm with my long-suffering husband, mooching around the Eurovision Village and quite probably going to the Abba Museum. Oh yes, it’s a thing. So while I bask in the Eurocheese in person, here’s a quick roundup of the guaranteed finalists. Normal rambling about writing will resume in a week…
I’ve got my Swedish flags all ready, the Latvian Ad Break Beaver T-shirt is packed, and all that remains is to look at the second semifinal’s Eurovision hopefuls, before overloading Twitter next week with RELENTLESS CHEESE.
Time’s flown by, and we’re less than a week away from the first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest. As regular readers know, I’ve worked my way up to being something of a superfan, so much so that I’ll actually be in Stockholm next week, in the audience for semifinal 2. Which is going to be så spännande. (Ja, jag har lärt mig några svenska.)
Round this time of year I like to bore the pants off everyone with my thoughts on the entries. Which are almost as exciting as this year’s contest dramas. Anyway, behold a roundup of the countries in the first semifinal, in lieu of writing chat. ENJOY.