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Wednesday, 31 October 2007

National Novel Writing Month

Tomorrow sees the start of NNWM

"National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30."

I've just signed up - it should be fun, if anything it's a big kick up the bum to switch off the Internet and knuckle down!

My username is: mirthinmanc

Anyone else signed up??

Three Hour Day

As I mentioned in a previous post, I fell down some steps on holiday and really hurt my ribs. It's been over a week now and although feeling better, it still hurts.
I tried to carry the bags of shopping in to the kitchen yesterday and it hurt like mad. So I made the wise decision to see the Doctor.

The waiting room this morning was horrible, people coughing without covering their mouths and a slobby woman was sat with her slobby child on a four-seater sofa and took up almost all of it, when a woman walked in with a bag and tubes connected to her mouth - helping her breathe, she went to sit next to the slobby family - who just glared at her until she moved and sat on a wooden chair. 'What a wonderful community we live in.' I mumbled to Mr Sally. Honestly, now I realise why the receptionists are so rude when you phone them, I would be too if I spent my whole day with these people!
Anyway, I'm ranting!

So the news is that I have cartilage damage, nothing broken! I need to rest it and the Doc said it would take ages to get better (great!)

I phoned my boss and said I'd be able to get in to work for 1pm (we live a bit out of town and I was ages at the Doctors) I said I'd come in for the last three hours if she thought it was worth it, she said it was! So I've been in work for three hours today and it really wasn't worth it!!

I informed Mr Sally that I needed lots of rest which meant I wouldn't be able to do the ironing, the cleaning and definitely no hoovering...
'Nothing new there then,' he added with a cheeky smile.

So rude!

I will milk this for all it's worth!!!!!


Happy Halloween - hope you're all having a fun night xx

Monday, 29 October 2007

Different Kind of Note


On the plane to Cuba I watched Dreamgirls - it's such a fantastic film, I'd recommend it to anyone.
Anyway, after a horrible day of being rained on, back to the day job, getting the bus home in the dark - blah, blah, blah - I was ready for a quick blog and maybe a bath (I fell down some steps on holiday and I've hurt my ribs, so although feeling much better, I was still looking forward to a good soak) and sitting with my book -
but...
I just downloaded one song I love from the film Dreamgirls - it's called 'Listen' and is sung by Beyonce and now I feel totally inspired to write.
Music always inspires me. When I listen to songs, I create possible scenes in my head, sometimes for my books or sometimes for TV - like a mini film, I've always done it.
Does anyone else do this with music? Or am I just completely barking mad?
x

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Oh My God...

... I've just realised that in just under 8 weeks it's Christmas!!!

** deep breaths - deep breaths **



Please excuse me whilst I make some lists...

Stuffed!

Mr Sally and I have just got back from spending the weekend in Prestatyn with my mum and dad. The food in Cuba wasn't great and so I was so ready for some of my mum's cooking and boy did she cook! Over the weekend I've had two Full English breakfasts, a roast dinner, cake, chocolate and a take-away Chinese curry! I'm well and truly stuffed!

The weekend was great - we celebrated Mr Sally's birthday and he got some lovely things. Last night was X-Factor night, which I so missed on holiday. I love Hope and Nikky (so far - I'll probably change my mind next week!)

The clocks went back an hour today - I don't know why we do it, it's stupid. Yes, an extra hour in bed is lovely, but being pitch black at 5pm is RUBBISH!

x

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Ready!

I didn't do any writing on holiday, absolutely none. I bought a beautiful note pad from Paperchase and didn't use it once.
It's like a little light went out and I just switched off - I read lots and lots of books - got lost in other peoples worlds and absorbed everything that was going on (isn't it fun people watching on holiday)!
Now back, I'm ready to get back in to it. Every evening next week once I'm home from work I'm going to be writing and I can't wait! I've still got my next book 'Alter-Ego' burning inside and I think it's finally ready to come out.

Hope everyone else is having fun with their writing.

x

In Limbo

I've had my agent for 2 months (if that) and I was really happy. Then on my hols I got an email to say she was leaving the company and I've sort of been left in limbo.
I've received a letter off the agency explaining that they are working out our future and we'll hear from them soon...

It's such a rubbish feeling - I'm just hoping they'll keep me on. After three years of searching for an agent and finally getting one, I don't think I can bear starting all over... but then if I have to then so be it.
I'm just sad to say bye to my agent as I really liked her.

x

I'm Back!!!

I'm back from Cuba... It was fantastic, definitely the most beautiful place I've ever been to.











I read lots of great books!







The sea was beautiful and clear.



I went 1000ft in the air in a hanglider thing!!



I tried a Cuban cigar and didn't like it at all!

I drank coconut juice in the sea!







I realised what a poser Mr Sally actually is!








Mr Sally celebrated his birthday in style - we had a party with some friends. We went to a lobster shack then had champagne and cake (although he had to go on stage to receive them!!)










Mr Sally and I had a lovely time. We met some fantastic people, made friends for life and have lovely memories we'll never forget... however, it is nice to be back home.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Off On Holiday!


I'm off to Cuba for 2 weeks. I'll blog all about it when I get back!
I'll be sure to have a cocktail or three for you!!!!

X

Paul Abbott Q&A

Oh wow, last nights Q&A with the fantastic writer Paul Abbott was brilliant - actually it was more than brilliant, it was inspiring and I didn't want it to end.

Paul answered questions on writing for the screen, told us the importance of re-writes - he did 37 re-writes of the latest series of Shameless, he only stopped because the production company said no more!
Paul complained about writers being encouraged to write for Doctors, Holby or Casualty. Saying a writers voice is limited and the BBC should be encouraging writers to use their voice and not moulding them to write for soaps etc. (He said all this whilst sat next to a very important BBC person, which was quite funny!)

I can't say I learnt anything from Paul Abbott - but I was brilliantly inspired and came away believing anything is possible, you just need to put the work in.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Excitement!

Sorry for lack of posts.

I went to Prestatyn Saturday night after the show to visit my family. Had a lovely day on Sunday, was sad to leave.
Just trying to get everything sorted before I go on holiday on Thursday!!!!!

I'm in the library, having just finished work. I'm killing time before I pop along to the Paul Abbott Q&A. I'm soooo excited.
This man is a fantastic writer and I've always, always wanted to go to a Q&A or a workshop with him. I'll try and post tonight.

x

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Fiction NOT Fact

I've just realised very quickly that as much as I truly LOVE writing fiction, when it comes to writing factual stuff, I can't do it.
Well, it's not that I can't do it, it's just that it doesn't interest me.

Remember I mentioned I was writing something for the Police Museum for my friend? I'm struggling. If I was allowed to create fictional stories and characters, I'd be having a ball - but I've got to look up real stories of real criminals that were put in the actual cells at the museum and re-tell them, which means lots of RESEARCH!

Anyway, I've agreed to do it, so there's no way I'll let her down but I've got to get it all done by next week and I'm slightly nervous.

You know that feeling when you had homework for school and it's the weekend, so you decide to leave it until Sunday, then Sunday comes along and...

No, I shall crack on with my research now!

x

Anyone Got a Paper Bag?


I just found this on 'heat news' website...

Kerry Katona, famous for her failed marriage, drug taking claims etc has a novel coming out this month.

You can't blame people for grabbing opportunities and publishers know it will sell - but still, it makes me want to stick pins in my eyes!
AGGGHHH!
Here's what the 'heat news' website had to say about it:
"Somehow, when she's not been getting married, getting burgled and getting pregnant, Kerry Katona has found time to write a book, Yes, an actual novel. Like what Charles Dickens and Jackie Collins do. Tough Love is described as "gritty and real" and centres around a busty blonde called Leanne Crompton (no relation to our classy Style Ed Eleanore...) who has a complicated northern family. So, er, not at all autobiographical then? The book comes out on October 25th and she already has two more lined up. Blimey, she pops out books faster than she pops out babies - and that's saying something. Still, we're kind of impressed, as we didn't realise she could even spell her own surname, let alone write 300 pages of grisly fiction."


Friday, 5 October 2007

Quick Catch-Up

Sorry for the delay in posts this week. I'm actually at the theatre now, in Mr Sally's office. I've been working Front Of House on the Ross Noble show. He's a fab comedian and the theatre has been sooooo busy!
I've been on a theatre bar all week, which is why I'm sat in Mr Sally's office waiting for the show to finish.

I'm very tired, but need the extra money for my holiday!!

I'll catch up properly tomorrow!

xx

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Lightbulb

I was sat in work today feeling bored and was half listening in to a conversation two of my friends were having, when an idea for my next book just hit me slap bang in the face.
The idea hit me and one second after that the title hit me.
It was such a strange, yet exciting feeling.

It's a chick-lit style book and this is the title:

Alter-Ego!

Hm, I need to check if it's been used etc, but I can't tell you how excited I am.

I'm still busy with my other book for my teen series Snogs, Blogs & Best Mates - but I do want to write for adults too.
I'd love to be in the position to write and publish two books a year, one adult and one teen.
The first book I wrote Miss Independent was an adult book and my teen book was my second.
Miss Independent was a big learning curve and I re-wrote it well over seven times. It's now called Coffee and Confessions, and although my agent likes it, we decided to work on Snogs, Blogs first.

Anyway, I'm soooo excited by the idea of this book.
I went swimming after work and thought more about the plot etc. I'm going to let the idea form properly first and I'm definitely going to write a lot of it whilst on holiday.

This is definitely the one... I just know it!

Monday, 1 October 2007

Holiday Reads

These little babies have been selected to join me on my jollies next week!



Perfect!
When I get back from holiday, I will be purchasing...





I was hoping to get these to take away, but as Sally Lawton usual I've left it too late to order and get in time! So they'll be top of my list when I get back.
xx
 
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