Book Covers, Fish and Chips and More…

This week in pictures…

Three runners cross the start line at the Paisley 10k

Put your hands in the air just like you just don’t care… (I’m on the right).

Completed the Paisley 10k. With a slower time than I did for the 10k I ran at the start of June (1.03 as opposed to 1 hour 58 seconds), HOW, HOW, HOW? (#Emails organisers to double check they measured the route right#) Weirdly, I felt much more comfortable than I did back in June as the day was a lot cooler and the course flatter. Hey ho!

And still a feeling at the end of it akin to “Feck! For the half-marathon next month, I’ll have to do all this again and then some…”

fish and chips McMAte fish and chips to celebrate. Well, battered fish and mushy peas, anyway. My Fitbit told me the run used up 590 calories. Usually, I’m a low-carb gal, but my glycogen-starved muscles shrieked carbs loudly by the end of my run. And battered fish expertly cooked and doused in salt and malt vinegar is a glorious thing. McMonagles claims to be the world’s first sail-thru fish and chip restaurant.

AT VERSIONSSorted out the cover for Artists Town, my forthcoming book. It’s beautiful, hmm? Jennifer Underwood did the cover for me. Now, to decide on a release date and hope it recoups its costs. And persuades people to buy some of my other books.

fruit and nutBought some fruit and nut. Not that I’m going to eat it…* This week marked the eighth anniversary of my dad’s death and one of his favourite things to eat was Cadbury’s fruit and nut.

As food is often one of the things that brings us together – as family, as couples, as friends, as neighbours – it has always seemed appropriate for my family and I to mark the occasion this way. My sister and her kids did it with sausages, beans and mash.

a ginger and white cat sitting on a window sill Welcomed a new part-time resident. Meet Mr Biggles, whose ‘home’ if you can ever call one place a cat’s home, is two doors up from us. Of late, he’s taken to spending increasing amounts of time Chez Baird-Birnie.

His official residence contains two adults, one other cat, three kids and a dog, so perhaps he likes the peace and quiet of our house?

How’s your week been? And where the best place for fish and chips near you?


*Well, a weak moment might happen at some point later next week…



10 thoughts on “Book Covers, Fish and Chips and More…

  1. You’re so right Emma, battered fish expertly cooked and doused in salt and malt vinegar is a glorious thing!

      • Haha, yep, it’s true. I have a feeling I’ll be getting takeaway fish tomorrow night after a meeting. If I get heartburn, you’ll be in my thoughts 😃

  2. I wolfed mine down and had a diet coke with it – perhaps if you eat it slowly and skip the gassy drink, you’ll be okay!

  3. Arghhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE the cover!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Effing gorgeous, and the book’s not bad either!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh yes, and well done on the fish, the run and the stolen cat. (We have one like that…)

  4. For some reason, fish and chips very rarely does it for me. Battered fish always seems a bit bland… and (horror!) I’m actually not a great chip fan. An occasional late-night poke of chips after a visit to a pub sometimes works.

    Paradoxically, despite not having a sweet tooth, fruit and nut sounds good, though. And well done on running 10K at all. Just don’t ever try to tell me that golf is a pointless activity!

    Meanwhile, I DO like the cover, best yet. Have you made many changes to the book?

    • I always have fish without the chips, and I know the places that do the best batter… I changed the first part mainly to make it a little more exciting.

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