I am so sorry for the delay in posting again. I’m really just treading water waiting for the sale of Avocado Cottage to go through. And I haven’t been too well lately.
So, to give you something to be getting on with here is an article I did for one of my favourite authors and a very special woman, Barbara Copperthwaite.
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I know it’s been a while! Sorry! I have actually been writing. I’ve got on amazingly with THE BANJO. It isn’t finished but it’s coming along nicely. And so many other things have been happening, too. I wake up and ten minutes later The One Show is on.
Last Sunday I went to Birmingham to a Writers and Bloggers Meet Up, organised by the wonderful Kim Nash. It was great to meet so many people that I only ‘know’ from this blog, Twitter or Facebook. I was especially thrilled to meet Barbara Copperthwaite as I’m reading her second book, Flowers … Read the rest »
I heartily dislike Halloween. I always knew it had its roots in Paganism and then early Christianity, but certainly when I was growing up it wasn’t celebrated – if celebrated is the right word for scaring the wits out of people and demanding sweets with menaces. And all the years I lived in Spain, we marked the following day, 1st November, El Dia de los Muertos – The Day of the Dead, by going to the cemetery and enjoying a bank holiday. I grew up with Guy Fawkes – although I accept that burning an effigy in remembrance and celebration … Read the rest »
So, it’s tomorrow. My hand operation. The one that was cancelled in March and then again in June. I will admit to being somewhat apprehensive, especially as I’ve been warned ‘it will be a little bit sore’. I mean, if a doctor or nurse actually admits that much it probably means that someone like me, with the lowest pain threshold in the world, will find it excruciating. So I’m already telling myself that I will be comfortable and at ease after the op. Naughty Elaine, who sits on my shoulder and tries to get into my head, keeps on shouting … Read the rest »
Life has one undeniable Law to keep us grounded, I find: the Law of Compensation.
This is such a wonderful, exciting time for me. We are deep into rehearsals for Singles’ Holiday and to see it all taking shape is amazing. And we are blessed and so fortunate to have Peter Dean and Donovan Christian-Cary join the cast. Working alongside them is a joy and we are all learning so much. And as a writer, suddenly ‘meeting’ your characters is a strange, yet wonderfully fulfilling, experience. It’s at the Brentwood Theatre, 13-17 October. http://www.brentwood-theatre.co.uk/showdetail.php?seq=665
And, Single All The Way is … Read the rest »
It’s happening. It is actually happening. Singles’ Holiday, the stageplay, is happening! After so many months of writing, re-writing, read-throughs, auditions, meetings, hoping and dreaming, it will soon be performed on stage. I am trembling with excitement!
How lucky am I? It is an author’s dream to see their work come to life – certainly it has been this author’s dream for a long, long time. I was excited at the various read-throughs we had but tonight… tonight we all got together and suddenly – there it was! I am truly blessed. I know that the next three weeks will … Read the rest »
The saga of the iPad continues…..
Having learned to live with the blips and the buffering over the last two weeks, I was dismayed to see the charge lead for my iPad was wearing through. Those of you familiar with said lead will know it has a sort of bendy bit where you plug it in. Well, it might have seemed like a good idea at the time to Apple and I’m sure whoever designed it like that had their reasons but, mine had bent itself to such a degree that it broke. I, of course, panicked.
HOW WILL I … Read the rest »
My iPad has been playing up, hence my silence on the blog. It’s thrown out my hotmail and is taking slow to another level. Two nights ago I fell asleep as it was buffering so long while I was waiting to comment on someone’s post on Facebook. So, if you’ve e-mailed me or messaged me and I haven’t replied, my apologies, and this is the reason why. It’s also messed up my Skype. I’ve Skyped the Daughter several times and can see it’s ringing on the screen, yet she tells me it’s not ringing and her Skype has no record … Read the rest »
Well, what a whistlestop trip it was! On Wednesday lunchtime I left Stansted to fly to Ibiza on business, stayed over night and came back Thursday evening.
There was a gasp and a sharp intake of breath from the Daughter when I said I was flying Ryanair. “Are you mad?” She asked me. What a way to speak to your mother! But she had a terrible ordeal at Ryanair’s hands a couple of years ago and vowed never to travel with them again, and she hasn’t. I was very apprehensive, especially as my Because-I’m-Worth-It philosophy has meant that I haven’t … Read the rest »