What I’ve learnt this week (Jan 23rd)

1)  Researchers have found a new type of boredom – apathetic boredom.  Apparently it’s what teenagers suffer from which makes them flat and disengaged.  And there was me thinking that was called being a teenager.  Whatever :)

2)  Formula One drivers are super fit.  The hero of the book I’m currently writing is a racing driver, so I’ve been researching into this and it’s fascinating.  The physical endurance required to drive a race, under excessive cockpit heat (about 10 degrees higher than the outside temperature), is similar to that required to run a marathon.  They can sweat off up to 3kg of their weight!  Not only that, the upper half of their bodies, in particular their necks, have to be incredibly strong to be able to withstand the forces they experience on cornering (3.5 g).  It’s been said it’s similar to experiencing three to four car crashes every lap!  Sorry Jenson, I thought you just sat on your backside for 70 laps.  I’ll watch now with new respect.

3)  The Northern expression A bit black over Bill’s mother’s (it might rain) is a reference to William Shakespeare’s birthplace and the direction storms come in from.

4) Teenage boys don’t sort out their games bags – ever.  I don’t think they’ve figured out how the dirty kit makes its way into the wash and then back into their wardrobe.  In fact they probably curse each time they have to re-pack.

5) The edits for my first paperback book, Do Opposites Attract? are due to me this weekend.  If it’s anything like the edits I received for Too Charming, my first reaction will be how many pages??  So this time I’m going to take a deep breath before I open the attachment.

See you next week.  I hope.

  • Chris Stovell

    Oh lordy – I did try to leave a comment but I’ve jumped through several hoops since then and the original comment seems to have disappeared in the ether. I’m edit twin with you!

    • Kathryn Freeman

      Chris – lovely to see you here – and if that means we’re edit twins, so much the better! Thanks for leaving both this and the original comment. I’ll try to get this fixed for next time – definitely don’t want to lose any pearls of wisdom xx

      • Chris Stovell

        I’m glad to have an edit buddy and that we’re be sharing the same timescale – good to have company! I’m not sure about me leaving pearls of wisdom – if I was that wise, I’d have figured out the Disqu thing quicker! Got there in the end though. Cxx

  • Laura James

    Ah. You have me thinking now, Kathryn. Well, I’ve just learned 5 things from your blog, and I learned that one must eat prawns on the day they are defrosted … Glad I checked on that one before making a salad with them :D

    • Kathryn Freeman

      Hey there Laura, how kind of you to drop by. And I didn’t know that about the prawns – so what a good job you did! Thank you xx