My legs ache.  So does my head.  And my throat.

It’s all my fault.  Just the other day I was thinking how well things were going.  The book is unstuck, I’m getting on top of my work, and best of all, I HAVEN’T BEEN ILL IN SOMETHING LIKE TWO YEARS.

How amazing.

Oh hell.  Did I say that out loud?  Did I?

I’d barely formed the thought when I started to feel…wan. Not that I’m superstitious. And to be fair, I did notice at the party last week that a great number of the people who came up to me with enthusiastic kisses and handshakes and hugs were saying “I almost didn’t make it, I’ve been SO ill.”


I don’t mind being ill, generally.  It gives me an excuse to stay in bed, which is my favourite place in the world. I’ve got a stack of books I’m really excited about reading, starting with Ride With Your Mind (a new approach to dressage which I’m sure you’ll all be fighting to borrow when I’m done).

The only fly in the ointment is that my husband is off to Nepal tomorrow and the animals will be staring at me intently twice a day to take them on adventures no matter how ugh I feel (yes, darling, that’s a wonderful rat you killed on the Heath, I’m so proud).

And of course one parent is harder than two when it comes to getting up at 6:30am to make breakfast and pleasant conversation, especially considering that this parent is never me.

My eye has started to twitch in a virus-y way.

And yet. Despite it all, I’m actually quite cheery.

The new book has gone off to my editor. And though it isn’t 100%, it’s definitely a book and not the heap of garbled despair it was last month.

It’s called Picture Me Gone. And here’s a song of the same name.





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13 thoughts on “Picture Me Gone.

  1. Caroline Coxon 7 years ago

    Please be better by Saturday! Or sooner if you prefer.

    Oh, Mary Wanless! I went to see her masterclass at a Lingfield equestrian centre a couple of years ago. I still think about the core strength she talked about.

    I hope you feel better VERY soon. X

  2. adele geras 7 years ago

    I do wish you good health and a very speedy recovery from current lurgy and just dropping in here to say: YOU DO HAVE THE VERY BEST NAMES! I just love this one and am green with envy. Why didn’t I think of it first?? GRR! Terrific.

  3. bookwitch 7 years ago

    So that’s definitely where I picked up my throat and blocked nose and general feeling of un-wellbeing then?
    Thank you.
    You’ve already written another book?

    1. Meg Rosoff 7 years ago

      Don’t blame me. I’m merely a fellow victim.

    2. bookwitch 7 years ago

      I know. But I’m all alone at home and MUST complain. At least it’s a literary ailment, so much posher.

  4. Alice 7 years ago

    Hope you feel better,
    but I am entirely excited about the new book

  5. Suranne Keynes 7 years ago

    There’s definitely a bug goin rooond!

  6. Jane Badger 7 years ago

    Ride with Your Mind is jolly good. Mary Wanless talks a lot of sense, I think. I hope the dogs sympathise with your sickly state.

    1. Meg Rosoff 7 years ago

      But I bet you already have a copy or two, Jane, so you won’t need to queue for mine!

  7. Sara 7 years ago

    I am prepared to ride with my mind if my backside can stay in bed.
    Picture Me Gone is a fab title!

    1. Meg Rosoff 7 years ago

      Glad you like the title. Your presence reminded me how much I love When You Were Small and I’ve just ordered my second copy for friend’s child. Also possibly my favourite blog (why are so many of my favourite blogs in Canada?):

  8. Anande 7 years ago

    Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather. I hope you’re on the mend. And this news about your new book is SO exciting!

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