petite anglaise

December 24, 2008

hiatus interruptus

Filed under: misc — petiteanglaiseparis @ 4:34 pm

Okay, I admit it. I’ve been “on a break”.

I’m not going to apologise, or offer a bouquet of excuses.

I happen to think that when you find you’ve run out of things to say or temporarily lost the desire to say them to the world at large, then it’s best to simply hold your tongue for a while.

I would however like to take a break from my break and wish everyone who has followed petite anglaise online and/or enjoyed the book (in any language) a very happy holiday season.

I will be back in early 2009, not least to remind you of the impending arrival of petite in paperback as of February 5th (see sidebar right), and of the publication of my first novel, Rendez-vous, hot on petite’s heels in August 2009…


  1. …and a very happy holiday season to you and your family.

    Have a great time and come back refreshed for 2009…


    Comment by Steve... — December 24, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

  2. Is Petite not classed as a novel then…? I look forward to reading Rendez-vous! Have a lovely Christmas.

    Comment by L.C.T. — December 24, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

  3. Merry Christmas to you too Petite, the Boy and Tadpole!


    Comment by Mikki — December 24, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

  4. … and a Merry Christmas to you, posting or not posting.

    Comment by ontario frog — December 24, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

  5. I agree completely with the need for occasional breaks.
    Happy Christmas!

    Comment by ~Tim — December 24, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  6. Merry 1st Christmas as a married woman! Hope all 3 of you have a fantastic Christmas and an even better New Year. x

    Comment by Charlotte — December 24, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

  7. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ! :-)

    Comment by Jo Ann v. — December 24, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  8. Merry Christmas to you all. I hope it brings all you desire and, perhaps another book contract.

    Comment by Mark — December 24, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

  9. … and a partridge in a pear tree …

    Comment by Forest Green — December 24, 2008 @ 9:57 pm

  10. All the best to you, the Boy, and Tadpole.

    Comment by Dave of the Lake — December 24, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

  11. Merry Christmas..
    I read the first book, and then i decided to find your blog =]
    Its fun reading in these blogs, what you have put in the book.
    In fact, im an aussie and ive been living in france for the past 4 months.. im leaving in 3 weeks…
    I put a quote from your book on my MSN
    ” I fell in love with the french language, and by extension, France”
    its true for me!
    Have a merry christmas and a Happy new year!!

    Comment by Molly — December 25, 2008 @ 1:26 am

  12. Merry Christmas! I look toward to your return.

    Comment by Kelsey — December 25, 2008 @ 2:10 am

  13. Merry Christmas!

    Comment by Marjolein — December 25, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

  14. Joyeux Noel, notre amie

    Comment by John from Florida — December 25, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

  15. Still just time (it’s 23.40 here in France) to add my Christmas wishes to those above. Happy “fêtes de fin d’année” as the French laically insist on saying!

    Comment by Barry — December 25, 2008 @ 11:36 pm

  16. Many Blessings during this season of Holy Dayz.
    There is something about becoming famous and on the radar of the daily search…you must find the WILL to continue…you sought your tribe and we have found you.
    Until then…Beverly

    Comment by Beverly — December 26, 2008 @ 12:00 am

  17. You deserve a break! Happy Christmas, and I hope you all have a wonderful 2009.

    Comment by unbalanced reaction — December 26, 2008 @ 12:01 am

  18. Happy Christmas to you. Love the blog and book. Can’t wait for the next one. :)

    Comment by giggloki — December 26, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

  19. Happy Christmas Petite and every good wish for the New Year!

    Comment by happyforyou — December 26, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

  20. All the best to you and yours!!!

    Comment by Laurie Feldman — December 26, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

  21. I flipped through the book in a bookstore, and am confused about something…why do all the Brits refer to their half-French children as “tadpoles”, which would make them 100% baby frog? Are they not part rosbif, too?

    Comment by misfit — December 27, 2008 @ 3:41 am

  22. Merry Christmas and a special Happy wish for Tadpole

    Comment by lex — December 27, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

  23. Read (LOVED) your book and then found your blog. I keep checking and have enjoyed the few bloggings you’ve added since I found the site. Hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday and looking forward to reading your blog again when you are back at it! :)

    Comment by Becca in New Hampshire USA — December 27, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

  24. I check in just to see if you have a tidbit to share. I hope you and yours has a wonderful new year and I look forward to even the intermittent views of you in Paris. Happy 2009 to one and all!

    Comment by Danna — December 28, 2008 @ 12:40 am

  25. Merry Christmas and many congratulations to you, petite.

    August 2009, eh? My, that’s quick work indeed. To have the second book done and dusted already and so soon after your wedding is such a huge achievement.

    You must have been burning hot and feverishly all autumn long in that Paris loft of yours.

    And, en plus, you’ve done a lot of writing, too.

    Comment by Roads — December 28, 2008 @ 1:15 am

  26. Bonne Année !

    Comment by W — December 28, 2008 @ 4:29 am

  27. Bonnes fetes de fin d’année. En esperant te relire rapidement. Et ne regarde pas trop la télé tu risquerais d’en mourir!

    Comment by Ninni — December 28, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

  28. You deserve a break so I hope you really enjoy the festive season with your husband and daughter.
    May 2009 bring you all lots of happiness and every success for your novel. Looking forward to reading it.

    Comment by sablonneuse — December 29, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

  29. Hello and Happy Holidays!
    When is the paperback slated to appear in the States?

    Comment by Amy — December 29, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

  30. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Petite!:)

    It’s OK not to write when you’re busy living your life:) It’s better than OK, it’s HEALTHY:)

    Looking forward to your first novel. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it as much as I did Petite Anglaise and the blog. You had me at hello:)

    Thank God you got sacked from that secretarial job!The world would have been deprived of a truly unique and inspiring author if you hadn’t:)

    Comment by Duchesse — December 29, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

  31. Happy New Year to you, too, and to the hubby and Tadpole . . and as I read your book (which I enjoyed very much – good job!)over this past Christmas week, a happy holidays wish as well to Mr. Frog, who seems like such a good man and daddy (I loved how he was madder about Jim in Rennes hurting you by the breakup than he was about him “stealing” you away – to me that was the very defintion of love and friendship, as unlikely as it sounds.) I have a suggestion for a future post, when you are in the mood again – hows about another question and answer session? Since reading the book, I’ve wondered about things like … how Amy is doing .. what a good friend she was to you! .. were you able to maintain friendship. .. did she stay with Tom . . how did the firm treat her after you left . . how Jim in Rennes is doing (hope he’s well) .. what does he think of your book (I thought he came across in the book as sweetheart who always tried to be so encouraging and supportive – it seemed to me his role in your life was to get you to . . . to look up and “see the frescoes”, so to speak) .. how’s your mom (what a doll she is!) and what does she think of all the PA . . . phenomenon, for lack of a better word . . how’s Caroline … how’s Tadpole enjoying school – is she focusing on music . . did that cashier ever warm back up to you … and oh yeah, when’s the movie coming out? :) What can I say, I like to know how stories end, or at least, how they continue and it is all fresh in my mind as I just finished the book. :) Congrats again on this book and the next and a very happy New Year to you and yours!

    Comment by Violet — December 29, 2008 @ 8:17 pm



    Comment by ==Alaska — December 29, 2008 @ 11:32 pm

  33. Happy New Year to you too

    Comment by Vonric — December 30, 2008 @ 11:01 am

  34. Too late to wish you a Merry Christmas – I hope you had a ball. Good things for 2009 for the petite family.

    Comment by Sher — December 30, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

  35. Enjoy your break!

    I’m happy to read whenever you post and I’m really looking forward to the novel!

    Comment by Barb — December 30, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

  36. Miss your posts – miss Tadpole’s input! Looking forward to new book.

    Have a great New Year

    Comment by Wendy J — December 30, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

  37. Happy New Year.

    Paris is great on New Year’s Eve.

    Take care.

    Comment by Java — December 30, 2008 @ 11:24 pm

  38. I read your blog for a long time now, but this is the first time a decided to post a comment. The reason is this:

    I wanna wish you a Happy New Year and all the best !

    A reader from Romania.

    Comment by Stranger — December 31, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

  39. happy new year to you and yours, petite. i have been reading your site since before the drama at your last job and your resulting (first) book, and i confess i’ve been worried about your continued silence. i’m happy you are taking a break. please come back whenever you wish. we will be here for you!

    Comment by Franko — December 31, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

  40. happy holidays and i’m looking forward to reading more of petite in the new year1 :)

    Comment by cheri — December 31, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

  41. Welcome back!!!!! I was wondering about the hiatus. Glad to see you are writing. Cool news about the book. I just need to find a publisher!!

    Cheers! -and Happy New Year

    Comment by TraumaDiva — January 2, 2009 @ 5:01 am

  42. Hmm… history repeating itself. Fired from the day job for unreliability, now can’t be bothered to post.
    So, what’s the point of a blogless blog?
    Ah, I remember now, paying lip service in the hope of keeping some suckers in line to cough up & buy the next book scribblings.

    Comment by gonzales — January 2, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

  43. Hi for the first time, having come across you via a search for Petit Ours Brun which led me to your blog.
    I am SO looking forward to reading your book when it comes out in paperback (I like the bendiness of softbacks plus the slightly lower prices). And to starting to read your blogs. Hope there will be mention of galette des rois which makes France completely worth living in for the month of January at very least!!
    Bonne annee, bonne sante,

    Comment by Tiffany — January 2, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

  44. Good idea. It was such fun for a long while, but I guess happiness isn’t fun to read about. All the best to you and the Boy.

    Comment by sourpuss — January 2, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

  45. Well said, gonzales @ 42

    Comment by sue — January 2, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

  46. #42: You’re certainly entitled to your opinion, but do you have to be so nasty in the way you express it?

    (1) No one is under any obligation to blog.
    (2) Readers are not owed regular blog fixes and so shouldn’t pout, stamp, and behave like spoiled toddlers when they don’t get them.
    (3) No one is under any obligation to read blogs he or she feels negative about and would surely be better served finding something more enjoyable to read.

    Comment by Passante — January 3, 2009 @ 8:18 pm

  47. I feel like I’ve been living in a hole! I only just came across this blog and have promptly ordered the book! Eagerly waiting on it! For now though… I have a mountain of archives to read through. Only up to 2005 and loving it!Perfect summer holiday reading here!
    Congratulations on your success!

    Comment by Lee — January 4, 2009 @ 8:08 am

  48. I’m a little a little late to wish you a merry chritmas, so :

    Bonne année!

    Comment by Virginie — January 4, 2009 @ 11:15 am

  49. Happy new year to you and your family. Looking forward to your new book in August.There is nothing wrong with taking a break from blogging you have a life to lead too. Which is more than I can say about the people who leave nasty comments on here barrr humbug.

    Comment by lynne — January 5, 2009 @ 12:55 am

  50. By the way… Devoured your first book in August 2008 (read it in a day!)and am reading it again in January 2009! And it’s just as terrific the second time around!

    I share your passion for Paris, and your book and blog allow me to live there vicariously until I can make it my home. This means a lot to me! Thank you!

    I think you have a great writing career ahead of you, Petite:)

    Comment by Duchesse — January 5, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

  51. Have a wonderful 2009, I just found your book in the library and enjoying every moment. Thank you for bringing your story into my life. I look forward to the release in Feb!

    Comment by g arce — January 5, 2009 @ 10:19 pm

  52. Hey Petite.
    My name is Svanhildur and I’m from Iceland. I know your book is a little bit old but I bought it just this autumn and I’d like to say that I just loooooved it!! I think it’s the most amasing book I’ve ever read, it gave me so much and wow you’re just such a good writer :-) And everything you said in the book, it made me think about so many things…
    I was wondering, have you written another book or ? I found your website while I was reading the book but I didn’t want to read it until I’d finished the book so now I’ll be a daily visitor! I hope you’ll continue writing here ;-)

    Comment by Svanhildur — January 6, 2009 @ 12:51 am

  53. Looks to me like a lot of the people here now are those who found the blog through the book. Those who read from the beginning seem few and far between. Probably a bit pissed off. I know I was. Of course were not obliged to read (which is why I rarely do anymore) but were entitled to our say as afterall, without readers Petite wouldnt be where she is right now

    So I have to go with gonzales. Sigh

    Comment by Maxi — January 6, 2009 @ 2:39 am

  54. @Maxi – pissed off because?

    Because my life changed and you preferred me when I was a frustrated secretary?

    Because the comments box of the blog has evolved over time? (I miss the old days too, when it was a small, tight-knit community, but those days ended when I was outed and in the press, and there was little I could do about that).

    Because I began to feel that I was running out of blogging steam after 4 years, but you strongly believe I don’t have the right to blog less and owe you a daily diary entry, regardless of how I’m feeling and whatever pressure I’m under?

    Because I dare to promote my own book on the website it was born out of? (Which seems logical to me, but perhaps I should have kept a dignified silence and pretended none of this had happened?)

    Things have slowed down around here for a lot of reasons that I haven’t been able to or wanted go into, now that I’m no longer anonymous.

    I think what amazes me the most is the capacity of some of my erstwhile readers to assume the worst of me, accusing me of laziness or claiming I’m turning my back on ‘those who got me where I am today’ because I feel I don’t need them any more.

    In conclusion, yes, you are entitled to your say, but I think you should examine your own motivations for lashing out at me in this way.

    Comment by petite — January 6, 2009 @ 9:26 am

  55. Petite,Maxi et al,

    As a Devil’s Advocate,I would not go quite as far as to describe Maxi’s post as a “lashing”. People can agree or disagree with the sentiments expressed but I don’t think anyone should be suprised by any of these feelings- be they some veteran readers who feel dissappointed by the changes on this blog or Petite’s evident hurt at their reaction.
    Many readers will have felt that they have/had developed a “relationship” with Petite through her blog; as they shared the journey of her trials and tribulations over many months.Some may have invested time and emotional energy into this relationship,feeling symapthy,empathy and in many cases,offering well intended support and councel.This “virtual” relationship is not so very different from any “real” relationship.As we all know,when the landscape changes in any relationship,some people yearn for the “way it used to be”. The nature and motives for Petite’s blog have undoubtedly changed and evolved over time,as has her relationship with her readership.For some this is hard to accept,particularly if some feel that they,through their support,may in some small way have contributed to Petite’s success. This “hurt” can manisfest itself in many ways,including cynicism,bullying words etc etc – no different to what goes on in my house!Enough Psycho-twaddle-time for a cuppa and it’ll all be fine!

    Comment by Hank — January 6, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

  56. Thanx to the poster above

    Let me quickly say I didnt mean “pissed off” for ANY of the reasons you suggested, Petite. It was because of the sheer ungratefulness towards those who offered you advice and support; you even went so far as to whine about people trying to help. Considering how much your blogging HAD changed, and how much you began talking about yourself more and more, yet we were still around offering out advice…yes, even a kind of friendship as the poster above says, we DID invest time, energy and feeling into you…considering all that, the least we could have got was the odd thanks. But what did we actually get? We got the whining, the self pity, the “oh my lifes so hard”. Well guess what Petite, some of us were going through hell while you blogged, but STILL offered you kind words. Im by no means belittling what youve been through, or what you may have been through privately. But a bit of warmth and respect was not too much to ask

    I do not have ulterior motives for posting and I find the accusation that I do a bit of a pathetic attempt at an attack. I hope I have now made it clear why I said what I said. I wasnt lashing, I was just making the observation and reminding you and others that people do have reason to be a bit hostile

    Best of luck

    Comment by Maxi — January 6, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

  57. Well said Petite, nicely handled! “Allez Petite, allez Petite!!”

    Comment by Tiffany — January 10, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

  58. Petite, save your energy for living and resting and writing and being. Leave the gripers to go elsewhere if they’re not happy and find likeminded company!

    Comment by Tiffany — January 10, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

  59. You must be fucking rolling in it!

    Comment by Trevor — January 15, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

  60. Oh I really love your book (in finnish) and you’re so beautiful :-)

    Comment by Heini — January 18, 2009 @ 10:20 pm

  61. Chere Petite, I’ve just finished the wonderful “Petite Anglaise” and I’m now reading through your blog from April 2006 in order to catch up! As an English Francophile I always regretted not moving to Paris when I was younger, even just for a summer, so its been fun to live vicariously ;-) You’ve inspired me to start my own blog yesterday although suffice to say it is in a prehistoric stage and rather shy of content. A glance of reading ahead on your blog reveals you are on honeymoon – so I hope you had a wonderful time. I shall depart now as no doubt your inbox will be heaving under the weight of communication from both old and new readers. I look forward to “Rendez-Vous”! :-)

    Comment by La Chat Noir — February 17, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

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