February, already! And I suddenly noticed the early signs of spring this week – the first snowdrops and daffodils are emerging in my garden. I’m a bit odd because I actually really like this cold weather, and thoroughly enjoy snuggling up in big coats and boots and blankets, but it’s still nice to see the season starting to change.
Now – on with the blog! First of all I just wanted to say how lovely it was to meet so many of you at QVC’s huge Beauty Bash in London a couple of weeks ago. There were 2,000 QVC viewers there on the day I went, and it was such a delight to chat to so many of you. If you didn’t get to go this year, maybe next year – it truly is a spectacular event.
I took a week off after that as I had holiday to use up before our year end on 1st April, and hubby and I zoomed off abroad to get some sunshine and also so I could crack on with some serious writing. It was a little uncomfortable being on a beach in a plaster cast (see below) but I had managed to find a waterproof protector so I was able to get a bit of swimming and snorkelling done which was fantastic. Hence, I spent the mornings writing and the afternoons reading and swimming – bliss!
Quick writing update – the title of my first novel (which is now pencilled for release in October, eeek!) has now been finalised – The Dead Dog Day. And while I was away my publisher also sent me preliminary artwork for the cover, which I wasn’t expecting so soon and which really brought it home to me that yes, this is real, I actually will have a book in the shops by the end of the year. I can’t show you anything yet but I will as soon as I’m allowed to! I was also very excited to feature in Writing Magazine this month – it’s a magazine I’ve read for years so to have them write an article about me and my book deal was a great thrill (click on the image below for a closer look).
The other big news since my last blog is that I am now OUT OF PLASTER! Two days after returning from my holiday I finally had the blue monstrosity cut off my wrist. Now I’m just in a little wrist splint (I have two, one nude, one black!) for a few weeks while I try to regain strength and movement in my wrist. It’s going to be a long process but every day I can move it a fraction more. I have scarring from the surgery, so I’m using Decleor Prolagene Gel and Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil to help tackle that. I also had some hideous dry flakey skin on my arm and hand after the cast came off (honestly, I thought for a while that the surgeon had actually amputated my wrist and replaced it with one from Frankenstein’s monster), but I slathered on Josie Maran’s Argan Oil and SBC’s Jasmine and Evening Primrose Gel and it was gone within days, amazing! Really recommend those products if you suffer from dry skin.
This week I’m going to film a little behind the scenes video in the QVC kitchen so you can see what really goes on when we have food shows – that will appear in my next blog. Do get in touch by leaving a comment below this blog, or say hello on Twitter (@jackiekabler). Have a gorgeous week!
Love Jackie xx