Christmas and DIY have done for the blog over the last couple of weeks; I've been doing jobs that needed to be done when I was completing Hidden Daughter last year. It's taken most of writing another novel, Coalface, to get to them. But when the water starts dripping where water really shouldn't be dripping, it's time to close the laptop. Or at least, put it on hibernate.
All the scraping and painting's been useful - I've had chance to step away from the plot of Coalface, and let the thoughts of the YA writers group at Nottingham Writers Studio sink in. As a result, a chance throwaway comment overheard on the radio one Saturday afternoon has taken the middle of the story along a different path - can't wait to share it.
But first, that second coat is calling - and I'm not talking about the weather.