After making an insane deal with hubby Mark and our friend Sarah in which we raced towards a self-imposed deadline of 24th December, I can happily and proudly state that we all three had made it.

My first draft of Grimm is done.  I know there is much work to be done on it.  I know it needs a lot of revising and some things added and amended on it, to make it cohesive and I’m excited to do so.

But after a rest, only.  I’ll tackle it in Feb, after my birthday.

In the meantime, I’ve given myself permission to rest and relax a bit.  It’s been an insanely busy year and to be honest, I had a great time, but I feel as if my batteries are running low.  I need a bit of a recharge.  And my way or recharging is research – lots of it, for the new project coming up.  Uch, I won’t bore you to death with it.  But I’m a bit excited – gosh, I have to be!

Having said all of this, it’s great to know that I wasn’t a one-trick pony.  I was terrified after finishing Djinn that I would not be able to finish anything else!  Thank heavens, I have managed to assuage my own fears.  Phew!

*happy snoopy dance*

We had a great Christmas – we could relax and chill out with our friends who came over for the day.  We ate ourselves to a complete standstill.  It was great.  And the weirdest thing was, after not watching tv for around a month, we sat down to do so and felt like it was a treat!

We also watched Iron Man 2 – and I really thought it was quite a dull movie.  Too Transformer-like to engage with any of the characters, especially Tony Stark.  The guy whose story I would have liked to know more about was definitely Whiplash.  Mickey Rourke played him so well – deep brooding menace.  The END the VERY END of Iron Man though is just great, when the SHIELD operative gets to New Mexico and he radios in that they’ve found IT.  And the camera pulls back to reveal this massive crater…and the item that caused it: Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer.  Oh dear heavens, a big squeal of epic proportions.

We also watched Salt, that stars Angelina Jolie.  Again, it did well enough and a lot of people didn’t really like it, but it is such clever storytelling.  The apartment that she shares with her husband, Michael Krause is so telling about their relationship.  As an undercover CIA agent, she is obviously a very strong character and she has to be.  Yet a walkaround their shared apartment reveals very little, if anything about her personality.  Everything is about him.  Also, the fact that she had items stashed away in case things went bad, showed that she had forethought and spoke volumes of her character.

None of this was visible in Iron Man 2.  Tony Stark acted impulsively, stupidly and like a spoiled brat.  I really came to dislike him.  I am genuinely pleased I didn’t shell out money to go and see it in the cinema.

*grumble grumble*

I hope to watch more movies these few days between xmas and NY.  Also get to read more.

Hope everyone had a great Yule and got loads of cool presents.