Last Day in L.A.

I have had an enchanting time in the US, first hobnobbing with the literati in Florida and then hanging out with my dad in California. But tonight I head back to Australia, where my hunky hubby and two cats await, and the renovation has progressed from this…

The sorry scene a month or so ago...

…to this…

Ta-da! Okay, there's still a bit to do, but it won't be long before it's all done. The benchtops will be fitted next week, and hunky hubby has been waiting for me to come home and put together the kitchen drawers. We've become masters of interpreting abridged IKEA instructions, so this is actually going to be fun!

The day after I get home, I’m going to the RWAus conference, where Tracey O’Hara and I are presenting a workshop about self-promo on a writer’s budget, plus I’m doing the AV presentation for our awards night. I’m biting my new fake L.A.-style nails.

Lovely two-time RITA nominee Tina Ferraro caused pandemonium when she sent me this link to Meg Cabot’s blog, which features Tina, moi, and my 2010 GH finalists, aka the Margaritas!

A photo of a bestselling author (Meg) taken by another bestselling author (Kelley Armstrong)! That's me on the left, looking numb in the presence of greatness (Meg) and a great dress (Meg's), with the talented Shea Berkley on the other side.

My MargaRita gal Kim MacCarron and me just before the awards ceremony. Kim's pearls tried to make an escape later on but I think we recaptured them all.

I will post more random photos when I get home. I’ve gotta continue packing now. I have stacks of books, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that my bags are each within the 23kg limit.


Rainy Day Round-Up

It’s raining, it’s pouring, I wish I were snoring… Yes, I do, because I’ve had an acute lack of sleep these last few days.

So what’s been going on? Well, our renovation is going full steam ahead now that we have a new builder on hand. All that remains of the old kitchen are the floor joists and bearers, kitchen sink, the walls and roof rafters. Brings new meaning to a ‘bare larder’. Here’s what it looked like yesterday:

And from the same angle, here’s how the room looked a few months ago:

If all goes well, in about two to three weeks, I will post a picture of the finished product…

In other news, I’ve interviewed my fabulous agency-sister Elizabeth Eulberg on the We Love YA blog. She’s a wonderful new talent and her debut book, The Lonely Hearts Club, had me in stitches–just ask the people who ride the morning train with me! Comment on the WLYA blog and you could win your own copy of the book, pictured below.

Home Is Where the Arrrgghh Is

Forgive me being a sporadic blogger of late. We’re in the middle of renovating our lovely old terrace house and the place is a shambles. To wit…

This is what our kitchen looked like about about a week ago. Sure, it wasn’t great to start with. We’d bought the place half-renovated.

But if you thought that was bad, take a look at it now. Here’s what it looked like on the weekend. We built a new roof over the old one and now we’re in the process of demolition:

And some day, we hope we’ll end up with this when renovations are complete:

 So what’s keeping you busy at the moment?


Renovate or Detonate

Mr Authorness and I currently renovating our lovely 19th-century terrace house. Like many houses of this vintage, the ground level has a lean-to addition, built generations ago to accommodate a large family. We’re systematically ripping this eyesore down. I can’t wait to attack the old bathroom with a sledgehammer. It’s tiled in five shades of brown, and we suspect the caramel-coloured bathtub was installed directly over a dirt floor back in the ’70s. To me, it’s the worst bathroom in the developed world. But I shouldn’t complain, because the cliche really is true–there’s always someone worse off than you: