Why the people in the background have the X Factor

simon in trunksLast night’s X Factor show was all about the youngsters, but I found myself focusing on the reactions of those around the young stars, the people they’d brought along to support them.

Lucie Jones had such an innocence about her. Her parents’ reactions ‘did it’ for me, touched something inside of me that made me cry. They looked so proud of their little girl. Lloyd Daniels’ dad made me smile. And hearing Jade Fubara’s friends talk of her absolute talent warmed me.

To have people believe in you, to have people who truly wish you success and happiness, I think that’s what makes people fly towards their dreams. It’s that knowing that you have people there to fall back on, when or if it all goes wrong. I am so lucky, I have that too, I have that support. It makes all those negative voices, those who are full of doom and gloom, well it makes them powerless.

This week, I’ve been chasing my own dreams. I’m considerably older than those youngsters from the show last night but still I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and messages I’ve received this week. I’m going to blog all the details tomorrow or Tuesday, but in brief:

I’m going to be published again!


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  • Posted September 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    You are so right honey. And we’ll all always be behind you as you chase your dreams. And thanks for the photo of Simon, which I know is just for me x

  • Posted September 6, 2009 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Oh Simon!

  • Nicola Smith
    Posted September 6, 2009 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Hooray! That’s fabulous news, Caroline.

  • Posted September 6, 2009 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous. Can’t wait for more details :-)

  • Posted September 6, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Yay! Will have to find out more! And you’re so right about that support.

  • Posted September 6, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    I am pleased for you but a bit gutted that I have to wait so long to read your next book.

  • Posted September 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    I LOVED Lloyd Daniels. I keep watching it on youtube. His Dad looked so so proud.

  • Posted September 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Caro, you deserve all your moments in the lime-light, my sweet…

    Never mind the X Factor – My bitter tone is because I had sky plus’d it and then my son decided to cancel the recording…

    What shall I do, with only your snapshot of Simon to tide me over??! Bonne chance, ma belle! x

  • Posted September 7, 2009 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    So, this is a surprise!?, yes great news but not a surprise… one of us always believed it would happen as wishes are mighty, powerful and never doubted to work in this household… just takes a moment:0) Let yourself believe and Tinkerbell will always be very pleased.

  • Posted September 7, 2009 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    Oooh! Published again! Does that mean that antoher book is coming soon? You know I need to get my Caroline fix otherwise I get cranky. LOL Can’t wait to learn/read more honey!

    In the meantime, I have Black Boxes lined up to read again after I finish The Year of the Flood…yay!

  • Mel
    Posted September 7, 2009 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Well done chick, am so, so proud of you x

  • Posted September 7, 2009 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Hurrah for happy endings! ;-)

  • Paul
    Posted September 7, 2009 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Well done Caroline. Look forward to reading your news. I’m busy on second draft of second book – Still believing.

  • Posted September 7, 2009 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant news!! Of course, no-one that reads your blog is surprised in the slightest!!

    I can’t wait to read the next one :-)

    C x

  • Posted September 7, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    You are going to blog all the details in briefs? Don’t tell me… It’s a series of small stories about jockeys or have you found new attire to inspire your writing.

    Whatever, I know the results won’t be pants!

    Congrats :-)

  • claire p
    Posted September 7, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I’m so looking forward to the new books. Yes dreams are what it’s all about, without them I would have gone mad years ago!

  • Posted September 7, 2009 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    We should always have dreams to aim for.

    Congratulations once again.

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  • Posted September 8, 2009 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    wow, nicely done lass. S’geet mint news. Am I in it? I’ve introduced a singing waitress into mine named Cas…


  • sheepish
    Posted September 8, 2009 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Absolutely brilliant, can’t wait for the details, and thanks for getting the pompoms out for me. We all need support.

  • Posted September 8, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Must be lots of squealing in the Smaile household at the moment, what with you and Gary both having good news on the publishing front.

    So I post a squeal of delight from Brighton to you both.

  • Posted September 9, 2009 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Thanks for all your lovely comments!

    Helen M Hunt – clearly it’s just for you x

    Chas N-B – oh yes, 100%

    Nicola Smith – thank you!

    liz – I will tell all when I can.

    Jon M – double yay!

    DJ Kirkby – 7 months – eek!

    Lily Sheehan – I’d be proud too. Love the dad shots.

    Fhina Crawford – thank you! Hope that the snap of Simon fills your empty XFactor space…

    Daisy-Winifred – yes it is a surprise :) Thank you for believeing in me… are you Tink?

    Jamieson Wolf – in April, hopefully! Gosh, how many times have you read BBs? You do make me smile.

    Mel – mwaaah x

    Queenie – and there is a happy ending! You’ll not cry with this one…

    Paul – good luck Paul and, yes, keep believing!

    Carol – well I was surprised :)

    Brom – I only ever blog whilst only wearing frilly briefs, didn’t you realise there was a dresscode for blogging?

    claire p – me too!

    Debs carr – thank you!

    fiona robyn – yay!

    Nik Jones – oh lordie… I will have to somehow write you into 3 or 4… oh what fun!

    sheepish – so true, all of us do. It’s how blogging works.

    David O’Connor Thompson -clearly we are taking over the publishing world… *evil laugh*


  • Posted September 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Hurrah!!! Dead excited for you.
    And re X-Factor, I don’t know if it’s because I’m an old fart or what but it’s seeing the parents’ pride in their singing offspring that always sets me off blubbing. *sniffle*

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