2/6/17, Whirlwind and a Baby Shower

Hi Everyone,

I hope all of you are well and enjoying life.

Whirlwind time for me again, working on several books at once, in various stages, re-writes, edits, corrections, fact checking, outlines, first and final drafts, and a set of ‘text proofs’, which is the last stage before a book goes to press: they send the printed pages, and it’s my last chance to make changes and corrections. So that has been keeping me mega busy!!! Throw in the usual travel between the two cities where I live (six thousand miles apart), and New York halfway between to see my daughters there—-and I have been Busy!!!

I want to thank all of you for buying my new hardcover book The Mistress, it was on the bestseller list at #1 for two weeks in a row. That is ALWAYS a thrill!!! I never take it for granted, and I am always grateful for it, and the sign that you are enjoying my books!!! Thank you with all my heart!!!

I spent a weekend in New York, and gave a baby shower with two of my daughters, for another one of my daughters who is having a baby. It was really fun and very sweet, it’s her first baby and we’re all excited for her. It was a very sophisticated baby shower, without the usual games and decorations. She works in fashion, so the young women who came to the shower were very stylish, and my daughter looked beautiful in a white lace dress, and the two daughters who hosted it looked knock out too (one in a long pale blue pleated dress with a pale blue top, and the other in a gray and white wool check Vintage Chanel Couture coat dress, with black pants with it. It was fun talking to the guests, not much baby talk there, it was all about the business of fashion, and upcoming fashion week, which is always a madhouse of hard work for anyone in fashion. For two weeks before the shows, they work til 2 am every night, and are back at work at 7 or 8 am the next day. There were several well-known young male designers at the shower too, Alexander Wang (whom I’ve known since he was 14, he went to high school and design school with my girls) and Joseph Altuzarra, two of my daughters work with them. It was also fun seeing what they were all wearing, some great very stylish looks on the young women there. We held it in the afternoon, for a British style high tea, with little tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and assorted cookies and cakes—-which they all ate very sparingly, if at all. Some of the young women there already have children, and are facing the challenges of working Moms, which I still face today, even with grown children. My children live in 3 cities, thousands of miles apart, and when they need me for a fun event, like the shower, or a problem, I need to be able to instantly reorganize my life and schedule, get on a plane and go to them, in spite of deadlines or whatever I’m working on. Motherhood is a forever job, with all its responsibilities. Hopefully we can be present for our children forever. In any case, the baby shower was really fun, and a happy event. And I got back on a plane the next day to head for my desk and the work waiting for me there. I have my readers to keep happy too!!

I do a lot of writing in winter, it always seems like a good time to stay home in the bad weather, and it was freezing cold, rainy and even snowy at every stop on my travels.

I hope you’ve been busy doing fun things, and interesting projects, or just keeping up with the things we all have to do, which can be overwhelming at times. Sometimes it’s hard to get everything done!!! We’re celebrating my youngest son’s birthday this week so that will be fun too!!!

My new puppy Lili is settling down a little, though not too much yet. She took her first long trip with me, with my other two Chihuahuas, Minnie and Blue, and she did pretty well. She’s full of fun and mischief, and still driving the other two crazy wanting to play all the time. My youngest son got a puppy at the same time I did in October, and so did my oldest daughter. My son sent me a photo last week—-his puppy, a Boston Bull Terrier with an adorable face, named Francis, ate his couch while he was at work. He wasn’t too thrilled!!! Mine isn’t eating couches, but she wants to play ALL the time (much to her new sisters’ dismay, who get tired of wrestling with her!!! And having her steal their toys!!)

Take care and have a great week and I hope you’re enjoying whatever you’re doing. I work so hard, and have always been a ‘duty’ person—I always do my ‘homework’ before I play, and have all my life, and take care of others before I take care of myself, and by the time I get it all done, there’s rarely time to indulge myself. And I am discovering as time goes by, that it’s important to do things for yourself too. I put a sign in my office last year that says “Do More of what makes you happy”. It’s actually good advice…..I’ll try to keep it in mind!! You too!! Have a great week (and do something nice for yourself!!)

much love,

Danielle

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8 Comments so far
  1. Janine Hewitt February 8, 2017 8:36 am

    Thanks for the sharing and writing and yes we all should make a little time for good fun!

  2. Renata February 9, 2017 5:42 am

    Dear Danielle,
    Congratulations to the new family member!
    Here in Hungary we have a cold winter too, and I have a hard period in my life, so I try to do more of what makes me happy. I’ve just finished your book “Pure joy” and it was really funny 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have a great weekend!
    Renata

  3. Amrah Latheef February 10, 2017 9:16 pm

    Hi..umm..I’m one of your biggest fans and you’re one of my favourite authors.I’m literally nervous right now and I can’t believe I’m actually ding this.Im in love with your work and your books have always had me falling in love with it. Sometimes while reading your books I feel like writing too but then I wonder if I will be any good.I want to thank you for writing. Thank you soo much. You have no idea how grateful I am. Thank you!
    Amrah
    P.S. Please ignore me if I’m taking your mind off something important and being just an annoying fan.

  4. Elaine February 11, 2017 6:08 pm

    Hi Danielle,

    Congratulations! I’d love to see pictures of Lily, your son’s dog (and the destroyed couch), and the baby once he or she is here. Wishing you and your daughter much happiness!

    Regards,

    Elaine

  5. mike reid February 12, 2017 8:53 pm

    Hi Danielle – I just got your book from amazon – but haven’t started it yet – I will tonight – I’m looking forward to it.
    Sounds like a great book and congratulations on #1. You deserve it. I’m sure your two daughters were thrilled to have you there to help them get organized. It was a great time i’m sure. You probably could give those designers
    a few great ideas. Your very knowledgeable on fashion. You should take more vacations & breaks – – -hahaha.
    I’ll keep you posted on the The Mistress – I’ll start reading it tonight – cheers – Mike

  6. Päivi February 13, 2017 2:42 am

    Hello lovely Daniel!
    I allways love your books and read it. My husband shot himself in December 2010 and since then I haven’t been able to read anything. I haven’t been able to concentrate enough to read. It was sad, because I always read before. I found the Hotel Vendome libraries. And the first time I read the book after six years. It was a great book. I cried and I laughed when I read it. Today I go to library again and want some of the books. Your books.
    Thank you for your wonderful books. I love your books so much. Thank you so much your öovely books. Im happy, because the fact is that I can read again.
    The sun in your spring and your life, healt, family and love. Uour big fan Päivi.

  7. Summy Daniels February 13, 2017 10:42 am

    lot of thanks for share your experience with us.

  8. Janet nimmo February 14, 2017 10:32 pm

    Just finished “blue” fantastic read . I am a big fan of your books and apart from holidays I do most of my reading in winter. This is the first time I have been on your web site and loved all the information on your books and your blog
    Janet xx