Monday 30 April 2012

I'm Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Well, sort of

Hello, dear reader, if you are still with me. It has been yonks since I last posted. I think I've responded to all the individual e-mails asking where I was  (thank you so much for those), but just in case, I thought I'd do a wee post here. My brother was hit by a car nearly a month ago and things were not looking good for a while, so I have been spending a lot of time down in England. Things are much improved now and he is out of hospital and recuperating, but it was very scary at first.

I now know the answer to what I would do if contacted by the police. I was on my way to a meeting in Glasgow when my phone rang. "This is PC Thing from Cambridgeshire Traffic Police" (obviusly, Thing was not his actual name).

Now, there can be no good reason for Cambridgeshire Traffic Police to be calling me, so what was my reaction?  I have no idea why but I said, very brightly "Oh, hello!" as though I had entered a competition to win a million pounds and this was the organisers calling to tell me I had won. Anyway, I flew straight down (luckily I was in time to get a flight that evening (and huge thanks go to the very kind man in the boarding queue who overheard my half a very tearful phone conversation and offered to drive me from Stanstead Airport to Cambridge)) and got in to Cambridge just before midnight. It was a horrible night. However...things are so much better now.

In other news:
1. I am off to Berlin tomorrow for a few days rest and relaxation.
2. I applied for a part time job (2 hours a week) as a creative writing tutor to blind and partially sighted people and I got it! I'm so excited and can't wait to get started.
3. I am way behind with my dissertation.

Anyway, this is just a quick hello. I may post from Berlin, otherwise I will be back in a couple of weeks with your regularly scheduled Scottish crime fiction news.



  1. eee, our Donna, you've not had a good time. Pleased the worst is over - and get you with the new job. Well done.

  2. Donna - So sorry to hear about your brother's accident! It's good he's dong better though and I wish all of you the best as he recovers.

    So happy for you about the job, too - well done you!

    Now, back to work on that dissertation! ;-)

  3. I'm still with you, and I'm very glad to hear your brother's doing okay!

  4. Nice to have you back blogging Donna

  5. Jings! - Glad to hear the boy is on the mend. Good to hear from you again. You've been missed.
    Enjoy the few days break.


  6. Our Donna, we are so glad that your brother is doing better. Enjoy your free time, rest and relax and have grand fun not resting and relaxing, smile. Congrats on the job! Good to see you here, and yes, we're still with you.
    Bobbie and Larry and Buddy

  7. Happy that your brother is getting better and happy that you will be back. Your friends and fans will gladly wait for your regular posts; we're a patient bunch.

  8. Very glad you're back, Donna, and very happy to hear your brother is on the mend.

  9. Hope the worst is behind, Donna. I'm glad to have you back

  10. How frightening for you Donna. Good he is on the mend, and all the best with your new job.

  11. Welcome back, wee hen. 27 x

  12. Thank you my lovelies, I could hug you all (and will, given half a chance) x