Sunday, August 30, 2009

We've landed

Yes, we're here! And we have Internet, which arrived the day after we did, miracle of miracles. Bristol is lovely, although rather damp and half the temperature (celsius) of where we moved from. It's delightful, confusing, disorienting, I am finding that my English isn't quite what I thought it was... they say that after 5 years in a country where your mother tongue isn't the native language, you are no longer a native speaker of that language. I can understand that now. I like to think it makes my writing more "colourful"!

I won't write too much more now, just to say that it is lovely to be in a place where people's default expression when they meet you on the street is a smile. I like that. I am sure there will be other things I find harder, and many aspects of Israel that I miss. Give me time, I will moan. And will take pictures of our new home when our stuff arrives on Tuesday.

Other things to report: got a rejection from the New Yorker, there's a surprise. Also, deadlines tomorrow for Norton Hint Fiction and the Juked short story and poetry competition, so get your entries in. And congratulations to Petina Gappah, whose short story collection, An Elegy for Easterly, is shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. (See the Short Review blog for more, including a link to my review of the book.)

And... and....

It's the 1st birthday of The White Road and Other Stories on Sept 1st! (Did I mention the book at all, at all, all the time...??!) One year. I can't believe it. In celebration, I will be reflecting on the year-that-has-been over at Nik Perring's blog, and also giving away several signed copies of the book here, should you need some reading material for your loo, or an Autumnal gift for a loved one, that kind of thing.

OK, off out to experience a real Sunday. In Israel, Sunday is the first day of the work week, something you almost never get used to, coming from a weekendy kind of culture. We will seek out brunch, armed with large newspapers with many sections.

9 comments:

BarbaraS said...

Hooray! It sounds lovely where you are. I've heard Bristol is a very friendly sort of place, so it sounds like you've made a good start. Enjoy your day brunching and browsing :)

Sarah Hilary said...

Welcome, Tania! Lovely to have you here. And Happy Birthday to The White Road. Have a wonderful, celebratory Sunday!

SueG said...

Welcome "home" and happy birthday. A new chapter is really beginning for you! xo

Lauri Kubuitsile said...

So glad you're settling in nicely and happy birthday to The White Road!!

Karen M said...

Congrats Tania, and happy Sunday! I know what you mean about the language - yours will be perfect again in a month's time, as long as you're out in the world and speaking to people... (not always easy for a writer :))

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

How lovely - a new beginning starting well. Enjoy T and J and kitty-cats!

Frances said...

Happy birthday to The White Road and hope you enjoy your new home, Tania! xxx

Tania Hershman said...

Sorry to see these so late, as I mentioned on the post above, I completely forgot that I turned off comment moderation in case I was offline when we moved! Had no idea these comments were here, thanks so much Barbara, Sarah, Sue, Lauri, Karen (you're spot on there, I have to go and talk to people???), Nuala and Frances!

Susan said...

I feel so nostalgic when I see the Clifton Suspension Bridge. I spent my undergraduate years at Bristol University. First real love, and all....