Looking for agents to approach with either novel 2 or 3 I searched through my rejection letters to find the ones who'd said no but encouragingly. It seems most of them are now out of business. Does this mean:
a) their judgement was already impaired when they suggested my writing was good;
or b) if they'd taken me on they'd now be revelling in my success?
Hard to say but I suspect the former.
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Husband spent a large part of the morning choosing his Lions 15. (For those non-rugby fans: in the summer the British Lions, a team made up of players from Wales, England Scotland and Ireland, will tour Australia. Already there is much speculation about the make-up of the team. Everyone has their own thoughts on who should or shouldn't go.) Actually he chose 22 to allow for those on the bench.
So over dinner I said, 'Go on then, tell me.'
'Well,' he began, 'My choice for number 1 will be controversial. I'm going for Teddy Sherringham.'
'Uh, he's a footballer.'
'I said it would be controversial.'
(He meant Andrew Sheridan.)
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We had a dilemma this afternoon.
Sitting on the side in the study is an as-yet-ungiven wrapped Christmas present - a tin of Cadburys chocolate biscuits.
I said to Husband, 'The problem is they might have reached their best by date. It would be bad form to give them to someone only for them to be out-of-date. I'll have to get something else for the intended recipient. But what do we do with the tin of chocolate biscuits?'
Husband shrugged. 'I don't know.'
'We could eat them ourselves I suppose.'
I didn't need any more encouragement. The dilemma was resolved.