Chai And A Chat #168 #ChaiAndAChat

What a first full week of the year, eh!

Did you get a drink?

  • If we were having chai I’d begin by telling you that I tried my hardest to enjoy my last day of the break on Monday, since it was a bank holiday. I did precisely nothing, other than read to be honest. I definitely needed it, as Sunday night, I barely slept. So at least on Monday night I was in bed early and I woke bright-eyed and bushy tailed, ready for the first day of term!
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that the start of school went relatively smoothly. Well, actually the whole week did, to be honest. Deep down, I had this dread that something was going to happen, and we’d be flung into the disarray of remote learing, but thankfully that didn’t happen, so we had a pretty normal week, all things considered. It was, honestly, lovely to be back with the children, and my team. There was a renewed sense of positivity, which I hope, lasts for a long time!
  • If we were having chai I’d slip in a little something here, that a lot of you probably have already read about, but that publishing thing I’ve been hinting about these last few weeks? It’s all official, now! I have signed a contract with Spellbound Books. A three-book deal, which includes a rerelease of Marriage Unarranged, so the whole series will be under them. That’s right, it is a series! Officially called the Rishtay Series. Rishtay means relationships, and can encompass all types, from romantic to family to friends, and I explore a lot of different relationships through my writing. I officially signed on the Wednesday evening, and floated through Thursday and Friday!
  • If we were having chai I’d say that on Friday evening, I arrived home to these lovely flowers, balloons, and cards from Hubby Dearest, one of my lovely work colleuages, and my favourite author, ever, Amanda Prowse! I was so touched, and I just keep going back to them, and smelling the gorgeous blooms!
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that I have written a little bit, too, since I now have DEADLINES! Well, that’s a way to get things written, I suppose! But it has been fun. I have organised myself a bit, so fingers crossed I can do this!
  • If we were having chai I’d share that we are now a fully vaccinated household, with Lil Princess receiving her second vaccination on Saturday. Obviously, she is milking the side effects as much as possible, but, at least we are all done. If the powers that be say they need boosters, we will arrange, but at least for now, we are all as protected as we can be.
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that I even managed to do some from scratch cooking, which I have done very little of, recently, relying on easy cook things that just need reheating… I know. Bad mummy! But I was rather proud of my chicken biriyani style dish. Lil Man was very happy with it, too, so it can’t have been all bad!
  • If we were having chai I’d whisper ‘Guess who’s back at cricket, from this week?’ And the answer would be ‘Not Me!’ Lol! So, Lil Man had an opportunity to join some winter indoor nets, and obviously he was going to jump at the chance, but it is slap bang in the middle of Sunday afternoon, so Hubby Dearest took, him instead leaving me time to do whatever I wanted! YAY!
  • If we were having chai I’d ask if any of you are on TikTok? I’m trying ot out, you know #BookTok and #authortok and all that… follow me if you are there. I am trying to make videos that entertain, a little, too! https://www.tiktok.com/@ritubhathalauthor Thank you in advance!
@ritubhathalauthor

Happy New Year, #booktok ! Starting 2022 with a bang! I’m now officially signed with Spellbound Books! #author #authorsoftiktok #authortok #fyp #signed #publishedauthor

♬ I M so Excited – Soundlady
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This week, I am hoping to continue my streak of writing on the blog in January, as well as a little more every few days added to the WIP. I don’t have anything major planned with school, or at home, so hopefully it will be a relatively smooth week!

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37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennie
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 11:57:15

    “Everything’s coming up roses for you.”

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  2. prejila
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 13:50:10

    Lovely

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  3. CarolCooks2
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 05:04:20

    Congrats again, Ritu and here’s to a great 2022…x

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  4. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 20:31:39

    Im so excited for you! Can’t wait to read the next in the series!

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  5. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 08:26:02

    Congratulations to the contract, Sis! I had a look at Spellbound Books, and it looks like a very good company, with a detailled offer, also in former published books. You are in good hands, and now … start writing! :-)) xx Michael

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  6. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 08:24:10

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  7. Shivangi
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 20:17:38

    Yay for Rishtey Series! Congrats!

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  8. Erika
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 20:10:07

    Oh, sis, welcome to the club of the simple/easy meal kitchen… lol! So glad, your term started so well. But of course, you were so excited, Maybe you lifted everybody up. Have a great second week, sis!

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  9. pranabaxom
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 15:26:58

    Ritu, so happy for you for the book signing deal.
    I am raising my morning cup of joe to my friend and sister. Well done.

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  10. Keith
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 13:34:08

    Ritu, nicely done. I need to go find my “good day pants” now. Keith

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  11. E. that's me
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 12:29:25

    Congratulations on the book deal! What a wonderful week. I hope this is a sign of all the good things to come.

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  12. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 10:05:33

    Here’s to that smooth week, Sis! 🙂

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  13. CJ
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 09:48:26

    So glad the return to school/work was fairly smooth. Congratulations again on the book deal – I said it before, but it definitely bears saying again, so brilliant news! No nets yet here because of Covid restrictions at the venue, and not even any football last weekend so I managed to fit in some of the work I didn’t get done in the week. I hope you have a good week. CJ xx

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  14. beth
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 08:52:38

    so much to be happy for this week, huge congrats on all of it !

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  15. willowdot21
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 07:03:55

    You have started the year brilliantly long may it continue 💜💜💜💜

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  16. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 06:22:44

    Mazel tov on your book deal. May all your dreams come true.

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  17. robbiesinspiration
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 05:42:52

    It’s all very positive, Ritu. Here’s to a great 2022. Cheers!

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