The winner of my giveaway – the Mumsnet ‘Children’s Book of Bedtime Stories’, featuring my story ‘Allie To the Rescue’, about a plucky alpaca (try saying that when you’ve had a drink), is… drumroll… Carneika Washbrook.
Carneika’s name was picked out of the paper bag by my trusty OH, as he dashed out to a business meeting this morning (odd to see him in a suit. It was like having a stranger in the house). I’ve been in touch with Carneika (who blogs in lots of places, including here) and the book will be on its way to her tomorrow.
And In The News…
1. I am trying to do Julia Cameron’s ‘Morning Pages‘. I started off quite well but like Snow White, I’ve drifted. I will try to get back on track and then tell you all about it another time.
2. I’m not into football AT ALL (boring! Why do they even bother with the first half?) but I was interested in this news article: Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the world’s highest-paid footballers (and someone even I’ve heard of), was asked to describe himself in ‘one word’ in a TV interview recently.
What one word would you give, if you were asked that question? (Actually, I think I’d say ‘tired’, which isn’t particularly thrilling, is it?)
Anyway, everyone was rather surprised when the answer he gave was… ‘NORMAL’. Bless ‘im. Read all about it here.
3. Nobel Prize For Literature
How lovely that Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature (can you imagine the thrill?! I’m pleased when I get a letter published in a magazine..).
Apparently, her daughter woke her up to tell her the news.
I expect the scene went something like this. “Morning, Mum. There’s your cup of tea. I’ll just prop your pillows up. Oh, and by the way, you’ve won the Nobel Prize for Literature! Yes, honestly. The kids are downstairs, bookmarking the pages in the Argos catalogue. Money? Oh yes. There’s a bit of money – “ (it’s actually £770,000 but I’m sure it’s all about the honour, rather than the cash!)
Apart from it being good for a woman to win (only the 13th woman to win the Literature Prize!), it’s great news because Alice Munro is the master (mistress?) of the short story (she’s been compared many times, to Chekhov), SO that’s going to do wonders for the profile of short stories and might even convince a few more publishers to actually publish them!
And I’m saying all this, not having ever (to my shame) read a single Alice Munro short story! (Well, I might have read one or two but I’ve never read a whole collection!). So, I’ve rectified that now, by downloading this one onto my Kobo today: