Thank you to everyone for all your comments and well-wishes after yesterday's news. I'm really, really touched that so many people dropped by and left a message. And to the friends that called me up as soon as they heard the news. As I said in my last post this development isn't my dream come true yet (getting my book published) and it could still go horribly wrong, but it is a very reassuring step in the right direction!
I'm not quite as manic today as I was yesterday but I'm still incredibly excited and nervous about Wednesday when I'll go to the agency, meet everyone (including NiceMrAgent who first asked for the full of my novel back in November last year! Gosh...this has being going on for 10 months now!) and then go out for lunch with my agent to talk about my book, what happens next and discuss book 2. I've sent her two synopses - one for book #2 (which, like novel #1, has a supernatural element and I've written 20,000 words of it) and one for book #3 (which is 'normal' women's fiction, no supernatural bits and I've plotted it but not written a word!).
I've got a feeling that the agent will go for novel #2 but who knows! Maybe I'll have to come up with a totally new idea?
Anyway, on to the 'magic tiles' of this post's title...
For quite a while now I've been a big fan of an artist called Rob Ryan. He creates screen prints (on paper and tiles) from handcrafted cut outs/stencils. His work is incredibly imaginative, detailed, romantic and just, well, beautiful and I've wanted to buy something from his online shop for AGES. Unfortunately I can't afford one of his prints (about £200-£300 each) at the moment but the tiles are much more reasonably priced at £30 each.
Last week I ordered two and, after yesterday's developments, I'm starting to believe that they might possibly possess magical powers!
This is the one that arrived yesterday morning, a few hours before my agent called me...
And this is the one that arrived this morning...
I'm going to cherish these tiles for a long, long time.