Monday, 7 January 2008

Re-reading, school run & making notes


I was mooching through my bookcases the other day - again - and came across a much loved book that I originally read in 1984. My copy of Octavia by Jilly Cooper has the older cover and looks quite dated now but these entertaining books have been re-released (see new cover) and I have to say that I'm thoroughly enjoying reading them now. I have another two on order through Amazon and can't wait to receive them.

Back to the school run this morning, groan. I spent most of my time at a standstill on a hill behind a bus. Ds has now informed me that tomorrow he has to be in his classroom by 8.20 for an extra lesson as he has his AS level exams this week and by the looks of things has done very little revision - too busy on the ski slopes -though I can't say I would have been any different.

I'm making so many notes at the moment and am in post-it note heaven, or hell depending on which way you look at it. I am redrafting Truth & Other Lies - again - and can't get over the stupid mistakes I've found. Quite staggering especially as I've gone through this process several times before. I do annoy myself sometimes.

10 comments:

Lane said...

The old school run:-( It can be soul destroying can't it.

And what would we do without post-its:-)

andrea said...

Never really got into Jilly Cooper, and am annoyed with myself as I've succumbed to book buying after I said I wouldn't - Secret Diary of a Demented Housewife, as you know I'm not a housewife nor do I keep a diary, but demented?

Lucky me with the toll road to go to work on not a car in sight!

Debs said...

lane - it certainly can, I hate it and often send them by bus but have to drive them to that too!

Debs said...

andrea - hi there, did you ever read JC's older books? I prefer them to the more recent ones. I like the sound of that book - I certainly feel a bit demented right now. Shame we don't have a toll road over here!

HelenMH said...

Post-it note heaven! I love it!

motherx said...

Well at least you have written a novel! Thats a fantastic accomplishment! and a lot better than me.xxx

Debs said...

helenmh - I have some new neon green post-its now, how sad am I?

motherx - thank you, now I only have to try and improve it enough that others are able to read and enjoy it. Should keep me going for the foreseeable future.

Phillipa said...

HI DEbs. I absolutely adore the early JC's and Octavia is my fave. I know the LBD eds love them too. What Gareth does to Octvia though..would youget away with that these days?

Annieye said...

I remember reading this book when I was stuck in hospital two weeks prior to having my youngest. Another book I read at that time was "The Other Side of Paradise" by Noel Barber. If you haven't read it I can recommend it.

I'm glad I don't have to do the school run anymore. I used to hate it, especially when the traffic after dropping them off made me late for work.

What would we do without post-it notes!

Debs said...

phillipa - By reading Octavia again I'm reminded why I kept the copy since 1984. I think that if Gareth did that sort of thing now he would get more than he bargained for in response.

annieye - I haven't read it but certainly will buy a copy now, thanks. The children caught the bus this morning thankfully!