Mr Sally and I decided to go in to town yesterday, he wanted to spend the birthday money he'd been given off my mum and dad and we thought it would be a good chance to browse the shops and start thinking of gifts for Crimbo.
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Mr Sally and I decided to go in to town yesterday, he wanted to spend the birthday money he'd been given off my mum and dad and we thought it would be a good chance to browse the shops and start thinking of gifts for Crimbo.
Friday, 23 November 2007
I'm so thrilled and so excited.
There are so many great things about the course, but the main thing I'm excited about is that half way through we get to go to the BBC and pitch an idea to them! I know someone who's just about to graduate from the course and he's just got a BBC commission!
Forgive me, I'm rambling - but I'm just so thrilled!!
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Oh dear England were utterly rubbish last night (I didn't watch it, I just heard Mr Sally swear at the TV a few times)!
It's a shame they're not through, because as much as I hate football, I do quite like patriotic spirit that comes with these huge matches, oh well!
I know this is going to sound really rubbish, but my friend at work gave me a little box of colourful sandwich bags with stickers, they're obviously for kids, but they bring so much fun to taking food in to work!! What colour bag for tomorrow? Decisions, decisions!
Oh, and happy Thanksgiving to everyone who's celebrating.
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
I tried to make a deal with Mr Sally, if he paid me £20 a day I'd stay at home and keep him company on his week off and make him lots of food and coffee, he said no!
Then I saw a little spot had appeared on my forehead and I tried to pass it off as chicken pox, but Mr Sally reminded me I got chicken pox when I was little. Damn.
So I got ready and stomped off to the bus stop!
I can't change my job, because it's the best job to have if you need time off for writing things or if I'm busy with a play. Plus we get the whole summer off paid!
It's just that I've been there over three years now and I'm feeling a little stir-crazy.
On a high note, the highlight for me was arranging the office Secret Santa and everyone seems in the Christmas spirit!
I managed to pick my good friend Jo, and I swear it wasn't a fix!! :-)
OK, maybe a teeny fix!
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
I had such a fun time. They let me sit in on a writing session that was taking place, which I loved. Then I had a chat/interview and they were so nice. When I asked when I'd find out if I'd been accepted or not. The lady said 'Probably Friday because we're still interviewing all week.' Then the man said 'Although I have to say you're exactly the kind of person we'd like on the course.'
Oh, and congrats also to my brother Gav. He had a job interview yesterday and got the job!
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Anyway, as he woke me up at 3:00am when he came home, I'm very tired today - but I've got a lot to do.
Here's the list of things I have planned today:
- Send 10 pages of script, writing CV and cover letter to the writing course I'm applying for.
- Get to at least 10,000 words with ALTER-EGO. I'm way behind with NaNoWriMo
- Sort out the paperwork I have scattered all over the study.
- Set aside some time to read my latest Catherine Alliott book.
- Start making a Christmas list for everyone, I need to get organised.
- Read yesterdays newspapers.
** Have a bubble bath! **
Saturday, 17 November 2007
I've done lots of thinking this week and I've decided to go back to uni or college!
I've been sitting in my day job feeling more frustrated by every second there and I just feel like I'm wasting so much time when I could be doing something pro-active.
Unfortunately until I make some pennies out of this writing malarkey, I have to have a day job - but figure why can't at least one day a week be for me!
I've been looking at different courses and I've found a brilliant course at a local drama school. It's a writing and performance course, one day a week for one year and it sounds perfect. I'll study writing for theatre, radio and short film.
I phoned the school and it seems I'm just in time to apply for the Jan intake. There are 2 places left and the interviews are next week.
I'm going to fight for my place and if I am lucky enough to be accepted, then I'll have to work out how to pay the £2000.00 course fees - eek!
So if anyone knows of any grants for part time mature students, please let me know!
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Mr Sally has just treated me to a Chinese - oh well, swings and roundabouts!!
Hope you're all having a better week than me!
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Then I was gloomy because I'm still in my rubbish day job, I had no idea if I had an agent and everything just exploded slightly.
The day was resolved with some good laughs with my friends from work, then I went to a shoe shop and treated myself to a pair of boots and a new top from H&M. I even got changed in to them before I met my friend Paul for our writing session.
I felt much better!
Paul and I as usual gossiped and had a good giggle for 2 hours and then for the last hour planned the characters and plot for our new play, we're very excited.
I finished writing with Paul at 8pm and Mr Sally wasn't finishing work until 10:30pm, so I sat in quiet pub with a larger and lime and did some more writing.
Oh, then I sat in the car for the last half hour and FROZE TO DEATH. Mr Sally came to the car and said 'Why didn't you just put the heater on?'
OH BECAUSE I'M STUPID!!!!!!
So I froze for no reason!
Anyway, today I phoned my agency and it seems I'm still being represented by them. I had a nice chat to the man who's looking after me and he seems nice, so we'll see!
Anyone watch 'I'm A Celeb?' I'm sooo hooked!
Sunday, 11 November 2007
Mr Sally had the football on today and we had a minute silence to remember and the camera panned around the silent, reflective crowd and landed on a boy of about 8 years old, just stuffing his face with a hotdog.
That's gratitude for you!
Well, I've been working hard today and the word count is coming along, but not quick enough.
NaNoWriMo is such a great idea, but instead of just getting the words down, I find myself going back to revise what I've written and deleting chunks.
I've completed the third chapter now and I'm really excited and very happy with the way ALTER-EGO is shaping up.
Hopefully I'll start to get on to a bit of a roll with it now... we'll see!
Hope everyone has had a fun-filled weekend.
How AMAZING was Rhydian?I love, love, love him. And I just have to add that whilst I enjoyed every second of last nights show, I cried my eyes out when Andy got voted out. I couldn't bear seeing his gorgeous puppy dog eyes crying. And then when he said 'I just hope I haven't let my family down.' Well that was me finished. Mr Sally just shook his head at me in despair!
Saturday, 10 November 2007
I think my hand is turning in to the CLAW hand.
OK, the un-dramatic version is that I've been getting pains in my right hand for a while now. It just aches whenever I write. I've just realised that it's because when I'm on the Net I sit with my right hand over my mouse until I type anything.
Excuse me whilst I go and make my little hand a mini sling!
Talking of resting, remember I hurt my ribs? Well, they are feeling much better although they still hurt a little bit. However, I'm still milking it, which is why I'm sat on the couch with my laptop whilst Mr Sally is doing a whole weeks worth of ironing! And a very good job he's doing of it too - I must encourage him to iron more often.
**Closing eyes shut and praying he never reads this post! **
Thursday, 8 November 2007
Five things I’m proud of which other people think are lame …
I love musicals:
OK, so a lot of people do like them - except most don't have everything from Annie to Wicked on their MP3 player.
I did have a dream of doing musical theatre for a living, except I realised quite quickly that I needed to be able to sing and probably get my leg on a ballet bar.
I have almost every musical on CD and even own a few musical DVDs. I just flippin' well love a good power ballad - you can't beat it!
I don't like going out:
I'm not talking about being an agoraphobic! I mean when all of my friends want to go out after work and get drunk or spend their Friday's and Saturday's out in town until the early hours, I'd much rather be at home with a cup of tea and a book.
The thought of having a hang-over makes me shudder (what a waste of a day)!
Don't get me wrong, I like to go out for a few drinks now and again and I do enjoy myself, but given the choice I'd much rather be at home.
Even when I do stand-up gigs, I find myself looking at my watch and thinking '11pm, wow it's way past my bed time!'
I like writing letters:
As in proper letters on paper, where you have to put it in an envelope and post. Emails and texts are great, but I miss getting letters in the post.
I used to have pen-pals all over the world when I was younger and I still write to one of them! All of my other friends who have moved to various city's since we've grown up get letters from me and they write back.
In fact, I think my best friend Leah has kept every single letter I've ever sent her since I moved from living across the road from her when I was 13. That's a lot of letters!
I care more about animals than people:
Well, animals and children. I do care about people, I just care about animals and children more. I suppose it's because neither children or animals have asked to be brought in to the world or to be given a home and they're so dependent on people.
If I read in the news that a person was killed walking his/her dog, my immediate thought is 'WHAT ABOUT THE DOG?'
I believe in and I'm very scared of ghosts:
I grew up in a haunted house. We lived there for 13 years and it was horrible. An old lady used to sit by my bed and stroke my hair until I went to sleep when I was two years of age and a lot of scary things have happened since then in that house. The area we lived in was extremely haunted. My cousin who lived across the road used to play with a little girl who told him she died outside his house on a horse and cart accident.
You'd think I'd be used to scary things... oh no! If I'm in on my own I hate it. I'm scared of the dark and I'm scared of turning the lights out at night when Mr Sally is in work. If I'm in on my own I sleep with the quilt wrapped around my head with just a space for my mouth to breathe (which is how I used to sleep growing up in the haunted house).
My worst nightmare is opening my eyes and seeing a figure at the bottom of the bed. This happened to me when I lived in the haunted house. I woke up and a man (not my dad or brother) was stood by my bedroom window, looking out. If I woke up to this as an adult, I'd need therapy!
My mum always says it's the living we should worry about, but I disagree. If you find a living stranger or a ghost in your room, you're going to poop yourself!
Anyway, thanks for tagging me Phill. I feel like I've got a lot off my chest!
I'm not sure who has or hasn't been tagged. So if you're reading this and fancy making your own top five list - please do!
The last play we wrote together 'Centre Stage... to the left a little' was very well received and it's been over a year since we've written anything else together as we've both been busy with other projects.
I like to write on my own and although I have tried to write bits with other 'writer' friends before, it's never been enjoyable - but somehow Paul and I just click. I suppose it has a lot to do with a good 10 year friendship, we have the same sense of humour and we can be completely honest with each other. We've decided to cast people we've worked with before as I hate actors with ego's and believe me, we've worked with a fair few!
I'll keep you posted about the play, we're still in the planning stages at the moment.
ALTER-EGO is coming along, well actually I just read the bits I wrote the other night and it's utter rubbish, so I'll be making some changes to it tonight!
Other news, I managed to have an argument in the middle of Primark over £2! I'm ashamed!
For those that don't know, Primark is a brilliant clothes shop which sells everything sooo cheap.
Basically a beautiful top was on a reduced rail for £2, so I took it to the till. The man on the till said it was coming up at £4 and so I showed him the big bright red £2 on the ticket (by the way I would have happily paid more than £4 for this top if it hadn't been on the reduced rail.)
So the man on the till made someone go and check the rest of the tops... she strolled SLOWLY to find the tops, came back after ten million hours and said that yes they have been marked at £2, but the manager said if the till says £4, then she had to charge £4.
I said 'No if the ticket says £2 you have to sell it me at £2.'
She looked at me, then at the man at the till and they both looked at me like I had some sort of a mental problem!
Then another manger turned up and I went through the story all over again with a big 'I'm an angry customer' frown on my face... blah, blah, blah. She also looked at me like I had a mental problem.
I left the top, then walked to work thinking that yes, maybe I do have some sort of a mental problem... what sane woman would argue and make her voice go all high pitched over two pounds?
IT WAS THE PRINCIPLE!!!!
Monday, 5 November 2007
Well, I'm plodding away with ALTER-EGO. It's coming along and I still have the excitement bubbling in my stomach, which is a good sign!
Did anyone watch A ROOM WITH A VIEW last night? Wow, it was brilliant. Very beautifully written and very well acted. Perfect Sunday night viewing.
Sunday, 4 November 2007
Cuban Heels by Emily Barr
Maggie moves to Brighton after splitting up with her long-term boyfriend, and, unable to find a job, starts work as a lapdancer. Failing to make any new friends, she writes letters compulsively, and the highlight of her day is the sound of the morning post being delivered. Maggie gradually becomes obsessed with the married couple, Jessica and David, living next door. Jessica has given up work after having a baby, and is finding life as a full-time mother very difficult. Just as she persuades David that she should return to work, he is asked to take a sabbatical from his management-consultant job. He's always longed to travel, and convinces Jessica that they should spend six months in Cuba, learning Spanish. Maggie, deciding she too wants to travel, follows them to Havana, where the horrors of her past - in particular her young sister's violent death - begin to haunt her. And as Maggie starts to break down, she tries to take over Jessica's life...
My friend recommended this book to me. She said it was one of her favourites and also my boss raved about it and as I was going to Cuba I thought why not!
I'm so glad I did. Not only is this book extremely well written it's not at all what I though it was going to be. It's very un-nerving in places and does make you think.
I do completely recommend it and understand why my friend classes it as one of her favourites, I would happily say it's one of mine too. A very powerful read.
Wish You Were Here by Phillipa Ashley
This is a classic romantic story of star-crossed lovers who just can't seem to avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A very young Beth and Jack met, fell passionately in love and had a whirlwind engagement several years ago in Corsica. But when they got back to the reality of their everyday lives in the UK, Jack mysteriously ended their relationship and Beth was left alone and heartbroken. What a cad. Or was he? When Beth, all grown-up and newly engaged - again - ends up working for Jack by a bizarre twist of fate, they start to unravel a string of misunderstandings that drove them apart. But it's too late to try again - or is it?
Being a huge fan of Phillipa's first book DECENT EXPOSURE I was extremely excited to read WYWH and it didn't let me down. Phillipa manages to make her characters completely believable, I especially loved the characters of Beth's father and sister. She also has a way of making her leading men completely irresistible and I fell in love with Jack the minute we met him.
Although it was my first day on holiday with a lot of things to see and do, I couldn't stop reading it and read it within a day. I'm huge fan of Phillipa's writing and would recommend it to anyone. In fact I've just lent it to my friend!
You Had Me at Halo by Amanda Ashby
Holly Evans has just seen her body laid to rest. Now she would like to move onto the afterlife. But apparently she has some mortal baggage to unload first, starting with the matter of how she died. Her heavenly shrink isn’t buying that she didn’t kill herself and says she must return to earth to straighten things out. The thing is, she needs to borrow the body of computer geek Vince Murphy to do it. Oh, and although Vince was supposed to have vacated the premise, he apparently never got the memo.
Now, Holly has forty-eight hours to resolve her issues while sharing arms, legs, and…other things … with a guy she barely noticed while she was alive. But the real surprise is what life has to offer when you have only two days to live it.
As books go, this has to be one of the most imaginative books I've read in a long time. Very clever, very funny with a heroine you'd love to have as a friend.
Again, I read this book in a day and it kept me guessing right through. With most books you can usually guess the ending, but with this one there was no way I could guess what would happen to the lovely Holly at the end and was so pleased it was a happy one.
This is a great debut from Amanda, she writes with such warmth and with great humour - I'm really looking forward to her next offering.
Confessions of an Air Hostess by Marisa Mackle
Bestselling Irish writer Marisa Mackle comes to "Little Black Dress" with a hilarious, romantic and page-turning book about the air hostess to end all air hostesses...Poor Annie. Dumped by her boyfriend via text this morning while en route to the airport, she can think of better things to do than stand on a plane demonstrating emergency procedure and pointing out low-level lighting to hundreds of uninterested passengers. But what's a cabin-crew gal to do when her love life hits turbulence? Annie bravely resolves to keep smiling through her fake tan - while there's still a plane to catch, there's still pastures new to discover. And one of these days she's sure to really meet Mr Right. Isn't she? A great love story and a fantastic, loveable heroine combine to make this a romantic novel that's simply not to be missed.
Now I fully respect writers and never like to review anything badly - I always try and be positive but I really couldn't get in to this book. I don't know why, but I think it might have been my fault. I'd read three books so quickly and think I needed a break. So I made the decision to stop reading it. I love Little Black Dress and I don't want to put anyone off this book. I honestly think I was just booked-out by this point. So I will be picking it up again soon and will be giving it another go. I'm sure I'll love it and I'll keep you posted. It's had some great reviews on Amazon, so I honestly think it was me!
Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella
Becky's life is blooming! She's working at London's newest fashion store The Look, house-hunting with husband Luke (her secret wish is a Shoe Room)... and she's pregnant! She couldn't be more overjoyed - especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery... to the latest, coolest pram... to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician. But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke's glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky's perfect world starts to crumble. She's shopping for two... but are there three in her marriage?
Now, this wasn't on my holiday list to read. I'm a huge fan of the Shopaholic series, it's just this one came out in hardback and as all of my collection is in paperback, I stopped myself buying it when it first came out. (Which was very difficult to do, but I'm quite anal!) I honestly wish paperbacks came out sooner, I hate hardbacks. Anyway, the airport do special paperbacks and this was on the table, so I bought it.
It's very rare that you love every single book in a series, but Sophie Kinsella manages it somehow. The first in the series was the reason I fell in love with chick-lit. Becky and Luke are a fantastic couple and I absolutely love, love, love following their ups and downs!
I don't think I need to recommend this book as I'm sure everyone loves the Shopaholic series!
Basically a great selection of books, which only added to the fun I had on my holiday.
Catherine Alliott, by far is my favourite writer. Her characters are well rounded, her writing is extremely engaging and I just love her!
I finished reading A CROWDED MARRIAGE last night and I loved it.
Here's the synopsis:
This is the gorgeous new novel from bestselling novelist, Catherine Alliott. There are already three people in Imogen Cameron's marriage - herself, her husband, Alex, and their son, Rufus - and that's just the way she likes it. But then the Camerons are forced to accept an offer from Eleanor Latimer of a rent-free cottage on her estate. Ordinarily, such an offer is not to be sniffed at but as Eleanor happens to be Alex's beautiful, rich and frankly flirtatious ex, Imogen is very sniffy indeed. And with good reason. Once installed in Shepherd's Cottage, Imogen's life is suddenly full to bursting with surly locals, psychotic chickens, mountains of manure, visits from the infuriatingly bossy vet, and of course Eleanor; who seems to be permanently at Alex's side. As far as Imogen's concerned, two's a marriage, three's a family and this! Well, this is just silly, someone's going to have to go. The question is who?
The plot in this book twists and turns and definitely keeps you guessing right until the end. I actually tried to read a bit more whilst the adverts for the X-Factor were on and the plot just turned and I screamed 'No Way!' and then I could barely watch the X-Factor because there was no way I was going to put it down!
Catherine Alliott also writes with great humour. I do often laugh at books on the bus, but they are always usually inward laughs, with this book though, I did laugh out loud several times! She's extremely good with one-liners!
I'd highly recommend this book or indeed any of Alliott's books.
Saturday, 3 November 2007
Victoria Wood is one of my favourite writers.
I love her sketches and wish there were more sketch shows like these on TV. Yes, there are plenty of sketch shows, but nothing to her standard (in my humble opinion)!
As you can probably see I'm a fan of Ms Wood and wish, wish, wish there was more of her on TV.
Friday, 2 November 2007
It's not like it's her first show, she's been doing it a while now. Plus, she's one of those people who really can't take a joke, which I think is funny.
I'm trying desperately to pick up the station, it's ScallyFM or something and I can't seem to get it... I'll try on the Internet.
My other friend is tuning in from the bar she's working in and she wants me to be Welsh! We'll see.
I'll update later!
It seems I can't pick up ScallyFM. I've tried it on the Internet and it's not working. We have a digital radio in the kitchen, but I can't seem to pick it up still.
I'll get Mr Sally to tune it in for me this weekend and I'll try and listen in next week!
It seems my friend is safe for a week!
Now it's late and Mr Sally will be home from work soon, so I'm going to put my pj's on and make him a snack.
I'll post more tomorrow!