Now I'll have to find time to update my website to give some details of the next novel on the way. A tentative publication date is December this year, but we all know about slippage! I will be blogging on here as I progress.
And what about the London 2012 Olympics then? Like many others, I was fairly indifferent to the whole Olympics idea and I didn't even want to watch the opening ceremony. In the end, the rest of my family did want to watch it so I settled down too and I thought it was superb. It set the scene for the ensuing 16 days and I got caught up in the entertainment of it all, watching many sports I do not watch from one year to the next, like beach volleyball and diving.
My favourite? Very difficult to say, but I thoroughly enjoyed the canoe slalom events, and I do find the swimming competition fascinating. And gymnastics, of course; how do those young men and women do it? And along with just about every other British person I was willing Mo Farah to win that 5,000 metres final! And Ben Ainslie's victory in the sailing was very well deserved. What a very fine sailor he is.
Oh, yes, and the Fabulous Brownlee brothers in the triathlon. They both look so young! The first I even knew of a triathlon event was when I turned the television on the first week and saw the start of the women's triathlon; I started to watch it and got absolutely enthralled. I am definitely going to watch out for that during the next four years and will be pinned to my TV to see it in Rio in 2016.
I can't leave the topic of the Olympics without mentioning Usain Bolt (it's worth watching him every time) and the tremendous American 4 x 100 metres relay team. Four beautiful and talented women, the fastest on earth. Wow! And well done, USA, to top the medals table.