Good Morning from Jodi

Good morning everyone, I hope your day is going better than mine. I know the sun has barely crept over the horizon but I have already:

  1. Hit my head on my bedside table.
  2. Knocked over my bedside lamp – not unconnected with a) above
  3. Lost my internet connection, resulting in frantic key stabbing. I’ve got it back but can’t remember the series of keystrokes that led to its restoration.
  4. Spilled my tea – on second thoughts, that particular disaster should probably have come first.
  5. Trodden on my phone which, for some inexplicable reason, I had left on the floor.
  6. Pulled the toilet roll holder over, resulting in unrolling on a massive scale and a great deal of toilet roll chasing. I only needed a Labrador puppy and Andrex could have filmed their next advert in my bathroom.
  7. Run out of toothpaste. I knew there was something I needed from the shop yesterday but my mind went as I walked through the door and I came out with an enormous bar of Galaxy Salted Caramel instead.

I’ve only been up twenty minutes. It hardly seems possible. As I keep explaining to people – this is what happens when you don’t stay safely in bed, working on your next book. The world is a dangerous place. Or – and I haven’t discounted this – I’m under some sort of curse.

Anyway, the word has filtered down from cloud-cloaked Accent Press – All hail Accent Press – that I’ve got a busy month ahead of me and to warn people – sorry – to advise people that I might be in your area over the next few weeks.

Firstly, I’ve been asked to speak at the Festive Afternoon Tea at Crathorne Hall, near Yarm. This is a very worthy cause and I’m extremely honoured. That’s on 7th December.

Barely will the world have recovered from that when I’m at Northallerton Library – my old stamping ground. I’m actually quite surprised they’re letting me back in. The words, ‘And never darken our doors again,’ did float across the car park when I left. And although a large number of them came to the station with me to see me off on my Turkey adventure, that was, apparently, only to ensure I was safely out of the county. That’s on 8th December, in, I believe, the Reference Library. Should be interesting to see how much I can lower the tone there, as well.

And finally, on the morning of 9th December, I’m at the White Rose Bookshop in Thirsk, signing everything put in front of me and trying to talk and drink tea at the same time. That rarely ends well.

Oh – for those of you who like to plan ahead – always the sign of a diseased mind – I’m at Waterstones Bookshop in Gloucester on 20th January, next year. I can’t believe Accent Press are letting me out like this, but my instructions are to stand still, smile, and not wave my arms around or break anything. I can make no promises.

Interestingly, I notice they’ve removed, ‘Try and look normal,’ from their list. Hmmm ….

23 thoughts on “Good Morning from Jodi

  1. Sabina

    As I lay me down for my nights rest, I plan to dream of an author’s tour in the Great Northwest of the USA. Hopefully, I won’t follow your lead and fall out of bed.

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      Sleep well. And safely. I once turned over in bed, smashed my head into the wall and nearly knocked myself unconscious.

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  2. Jane Pollard

    You will shine as ever, and the crowds who attend will never forget the experience. You may need a splint for your hand after all the signing but the joyous sound of umpteen cash registers ringing up sales of your books will ease the pain!

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      Jane, that’s so kind of you but I think it much more likely that I’ll forget my name, trip over my own feet and probably dribble – all of which I tend to do in a crisis – and people will be so horrified I’ll never be asked anywhere again.

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  3. Lydia

    Please visit your fans in the US! Orlando is beautiful this time of year and as there are so many international travelers, you should be able to blend right in. Well, maybe not blend, exactly.

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  4. Gee

    I applaud your posting despite the mornings turn of events. But be assured, there are those of us that empathise. My partner says he only hangs out with me because it’s ‘lucky’ – lucky for him apparently as no harm can possibly befall him in my presence, such is my clumsiness/bad luck. I say he should watch the carefully aimed book that might challenge his ‘luck’. Hope the day picks up and the tea stays mug-bound from here in.

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      I suspect you qualify as a disaster magnet, attracting disaster rather like Jupiter hoovering up small comets. The rest of us thank you!

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  5. Tina Jaray

    Oh dear me, now I have to add Galaxy Salted Caramel choc to my shopping list (if I don’t write it down, I won’t buy it – maybe I shouldn’t write it down).
    I sympathise about the broken bedside lamp – I broke mine a few weeks ago too, knocked it from the table onto the bed, and all the innards fell out 🙁
    My neighbours have labradors – would you like me to see if they can find me a puppy for you?
    I know one shouldn’t laugh at other people’s misfortunes, but if you don’t want us to laugh, don’t write about them so amusingly.
    Keep safe, keep well and please, keep writing.
    Tina x

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      It was just one of those days. I don’t seem to have evenly spaced disasters – they all come along at once and really, the only thing I can do is to take myself out of the way and not do anything important. Stick with the Galaxy though – it does help.

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  6. Judy Cichon

    I wish, when I read these, that I lived in GB so I could maybe attend some of these! I so admire a mind such as yours, that dreams up the most amazing stuff! Or is it just meds? (heehe) Anyway, one of these days I’ll get travel to England checked off my bucket list, and pop in on one of your appearances! Have a great day!

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  7. Joan McDougall

    I think there was something about today. My co-worker was having a dreadful day as well and mine wasn’t great. And you didn’t pass it one to me anyway, because I didn’t read this until I was home again.

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  8. Elizabeth Williamson

    And the visit to Edinburgh???? When do we see that on your agenda? Sigh. And a Merry Christmas to me with my new Jodi book, but nothing to put in the new diary re a trip north by Jodi.

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      I don’t have anything scheduled at the moment. We usually have to wait to be invited by a bookshop or a library – someone who doesn’t mind being seen with us in public! We’ll have to see how things go next year. I know I’m in Gloucester in January and at Cardiff Comicon in May. Oh, and the Llandeilo Litfest in April, but that’s it so far. Have a great Christmas. Jodi.

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      It certainly is. It’s a lovely place. You can buy chocolate, books and art stuff so that’s all my boxes ticked. Everyone should visit Thirsk.

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