What a difference a week makes! I am very glad I made the most of my elation at finishing my manuscript, because it took a nose dive the next day when I woke up from a general anaesthetic to find that I looked as if I were auditioning for a bit part in Hammer House of Horrors. Somehow I’d expected a little yellow plaster over the skin graft, but it turned out to be rather more noticeable than that, as you can see. It came complete with lumpy yellow packing, various other stitches so big they look like whiskers, and a charming slash at the base of my throat where they took the skin graft. All in all I have been feeling very sorry for myself all week, and it was a while before I was even up to reading.
But I’m feeling – if not looking – much better now, so I’m starting to think about rereading my manuscript. There’s no rush to get back to work, though, and as I’m not fit for public consumption until my stitches are out on Thursday, I am staying inside as much as possible. I have been taking the advice of the warm and wise authors on the Harlequin Romance authors loop, who have suggested restricting my activity to lying on the sofa and watching romantic comedies on DVDs. They have even come up with a ‘recommended watching list’ of romcoms I haven’t yet seen, so I’ve had a splurge on Amazon and am looking forward to working my way through them. It sort of counts as work, anyway, as I’m looking for inspiration for my next romance, and what could be better than a feel-good film?
What’s your favourite romcom? I’d love more ideas to keep me on that sofa, and will put any recommendations into a lucky dip for five more copies of Loving Our Heroes. If you’d like to be entered, email your postal address to me at email@example.com and I’ll do a draw at the weekend, by which time I hope I’ll be in a state to go to the post office!