As the nursery rhyme goes, “I’ve been to London to see the Queen.” And I did! BOTH of them!

Last month Eli and I stood alongside the Mall to view the parade going to the Trooping the Colour ceremony, an annual pageant marking Queen Elizabeth’s Official Birthday (her real birthday is in April, but June in London is deemed to have better weather). And then we high-tailed it down to Buckingham Palace for the balcony scene afterward. And what a shot Eli got! This was Princess Kate’s last public appearance before giving birth.

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Lamp Shade Tower at Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art

 

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“A 60 year old female protagonist is an automatic problem with most mainstream publishers who prefer much younger characters.”

This is part of the email response I got yesterday morning from a New York literary agent, who shall remain nameless. I read it on my IPhone, while my husband and I were driving back to San Francisco from a quick weekend trip to Los Angeles. The thumbs-on-phone approach wouldn’t work for my reply, and I wouldn’t have time to write back on my computer until later in the evening. But I had plenty of time to think about it the challenge it presented. Those “fighting words” were a clarion call to action!

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