No one would say my life is boring - in York with writers on the weekend and few days later standing on the quayside of boatyard in Dubai with a prince.
Yesterday I saw the first true Arctic ready seismic vessel named and a crown prince - both exciting. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway toured the vessel before the naming ceremony. It was an exciting day of contrasts - an Arctic vessel sitting in the hot sun of the Middle East, a local dance group performing in front of her and guests donning their Russian styled hats in the heat.
This was my third naming ceremony for Polarcus and I can tell you the excitement doesn't diminish. The crack of the champagne bottle on the side of her bow causes the heart to race with joy at a new beginning.
So now back to my real world of writing and not living in the glamorous world of crown princes and magnums of champagne (shame I don't write the type of novel that could use these experiences!).