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Thursday, 30 October 2008

Inspired

Woweeee! I'm having the BEST week. I'm busy teaching drama to the kids at the Salford Arts Theatre this week. It's half term and they can take part in loads of activities, such as stage combat, street dance, singing, drama etc. Anyway, the kids are so enthusiastic, not a bit tired, they're working so well together and have created a FAB piece of drama to show to the parents on Saturday.

I'm off teaching again in a mo, so it's just a quick blog!

Just also wanted to mention that I did my TV writing and pitching course yesterday and I LOVED every second of it. I learnt so much and the time just flew by. In the afternoon, we had to pitch our TV programme to an ex BBC2 commissioner. I was VERY nervous, but he was a lovely encouraging man and I'm busy working on the script with my feedback and will hand it in asap.

Monday, 27 October 2008

What a Weekend!

I've had such a FANTASTIC weekend at my mum and dad's.
Here are some photos which sum up my weekend!



Crazy Cat is now a freelance back specialist!

Went to the beach to collect shells for the Christmas show, whilst my dad and uncle searched for shells, Mr Sally and I posed for photos!


My uncle, Mr Sally and Dad after a wonderful time collecting shells... as you can see, my dad is very proud of his shell collection!


After hunting for shells on the windy beach, I thought it was only fair to take the thirsty men for a well deserved pint or two!




Saturday, 25 October 2008

Birthday Time!



It was Mr Sally's birthday on Thursday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to him. Last year for his Birthday we were in Cuba, eating lobster and sipping champagne... this year we were in Hulme, eating a buffet spread (made by yours truly), sipping coffee as he had to go to work for one hour in the evening to get the show out.
I think he had a nice birthday though and liked his gifts off me, phew! We're off to Wales tonight to stay with my parents, can't wait to see them.

Next week, I'm off work - but will be teaching some drama workshops at Salford Arts Theatre all through the week. I'm really looking forward to it.
I'm also doing that TV writing and pitching workshop on Weds, which I really can't wait for. I've completed all my work for my comedy I'M JEFF and I'm really looking forward to working on it and hopefully making it better.

So a creative week lies ahead and I can't bloomin' wait.

Just finished reading 'The Sisterhood' by Emily Barr. It was BRILLIANT, seriously brilliant and I really loved it. The little twists kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put it down.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Proof!

Just to prove that I did actually dress up as a pumpkin and made a complete prat of myself on the streets of Manchester on a busy Saturday afternoon, here is the photo!
Please excuse the hair - I tied it back as I thought I'd be in a costume where my head and more importantly my face would be hidden, but no!



NEVER -EVER AGAIN!

Logo

Do you like my logo for TSL Productions? I can't afford to pay someone to make one, so had a bit of a mess around myself.
Right, back to the writing!

The Odd Couple

I met a fantastic couple last week. OK, being cornered by them in a pub for about an hour and listening to the rubbish they both spouted. (He was a right plonker and she was a little strange), anyway, on reflection - they are perfect characters for a play and I swear I'm going to pop them in my next one.
I never usually do that, put real people in to my writing - obviously I take elements of people and personalities that have passed by throughout the years - but I've never just put real people in, but they're too good not to use.
I'll keep you posted.

I just want to wish my lovely friend Paul Newbery GOOD LUCK for Wednesday. He's giving a talk at the BBC at a networking night, so it will be bursting full of important people and the fact he's been asked to give a talk about his acting etc is such a compliment to him and all his hard work.
He did want me to go and support him, but I left it too late to get my ticket and now it's sold out. I'm absolutely gutted to be missing his talk, but just want him to know that I'm incredibly proud of him and I'll be thinking of him all Wednesday night.

I'm just finishing my opening pages for I'M JEFF my new comedy that I've got to hand in by Wednesday and I'm also still taking time with my synopsis and thanks to Nell I feel more confident about it. (Thanks to Barrie too for her lovely offer of help), really appreciate your support.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Pumkin and the Drunk!

Oh guys, I'm so ill today - hungover and feel horrible. Now I remember why I don't like getting drunk!
I had a brilliant night last night. Went for a meal with my friend Roni and we had a couple of drinks, then went to the pub to catch up with her partner Scott, who had just finished his final performance in a play... a very good play, might I add. It was called Science Fiction Ruins My Life, written by Laurie Rae. A very funny play about a guy working in a comic shop who's very unhappy about his life, not at all made any easier by the crazy characters that enter his shop.
Anyway, I had a few more drinks and I'm feeling it today!

Other news: I dressed up as a pumpkin in the middle of Manchester yesterday and pleased to announce that I didn't get happy-slapped!
But I'll never, never do it again! There was a moment when I had the pumpkin costume on and I just stood there and thought, 'Sally - you're 28 years of age. What the heck are you doing?!'

I'm taking Monday and Tuesday off work to WRITE and I can't wait!

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

HELP!

Does anyone have any useful tips or advice on writing a good synopsis for a novel?
Either on the comment page or email me. Any tips or advice would be much appreciated!

Thank you x

Ping!


Yes, I have a brand spanking new idea for my comedy series. I'm not going to say too much at the moment, because I'm still busy planning it. But I'll tell you the title. It's called 'I'm Jeff.'

Oooh, I love it already!

Monday, 13 October 2008

I'm thinking...

Just read through the scenes I wrote for my comedy drama (the one I introduced Paul to) and I do really like it, but no, I have decided to write something new and fresh.
Yes, that's definitely the way forward... but what?

I feel I have so many ideas on the go at the moment, but I guess that's the fun bit of being a writer, making things up and getting to know new characters and bringing them to life.

So, I'm switching off to ponder and ponder then hopefully tomorrow I'll have the start of something new and exciting. Hopefully!

It's Only Words...

I've been off from the day job today and it's been so nice, so nice that I'm currently counting my pennies to see if it's at all possible to have the week off. It's not like I've been lay on my sofa scoffing wagon-wheels or anything, I've been very, very productive.
I've been searching for funding for my plays. I've also sent off my new synopsis to an agent who isn't really my agent any more, but still keen for me to wow him with something new, which I'm trying to do, but don't want to say too much, as nothing may come of it. I hope he likes it though, because I really, really do.
I've just pressed send on the email with my synopsis attached to it and felt very sick... but there we go, it's gone - too late!

I'm also going to take part in a writing for TV workshop in a couple of weeks and I'm so excited about it. Before the workshop I have to email a 10 page script of my TV idea and bits of other things. Hmm, I'm not sure what to do. I have a great idea for a TV comedy. One I devised back in the day when Paul and I wrote as a team all the time, only he was on holiday and I was bored, so I started the idea, but then he came back and we devised bits of it together, so although it was my initial idea, it's still kind of a joint project. And really, I should push myself and think up something completely and utterly new...

Yes, this is exactly why I should have a week off work - I need time to... think!

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Theatrical Things

I've had such a lovely day today.
I walked in the boiling hot sun (not even joking, it was so hot) to the Salford Arts Theatre, which took me 45mins and was a lovely walk with my ipod switched on.

I helped out with the drama class which was great fun and the kids worked so hard, then I stayed to watch the older group rehearse my play CAMP 360. It was the first time I'd seen any of it since I handed the script over and I have to say it was great. Roni and Scott at the theatre have worked magic with the class. They've staged it very creatively, cast the right people to the right parts and have really worked hard to bring it to life. I'm really impressed with the standard of acting and if this is just the early stages of rehearsals, then I can't wait to see the end result in a few weeks.

Speaking of the fantastic Salford Arts Theatre - there are lots and lots of things going on at the moment, so check out their website for more info.
And if you live in the Salford area and fancy doing something fun and free on the half term week, then get in touch with the theatre, where they have a week filled full of drama, singing, dancing, stage combat and street art. All for FREE and a performance at the lovely theatre at the end of the week, BARGAIN!

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Internet Factor

Yey! I can watch The X-Factor off my laptop! Woo-hoo!

Just on an advert and I really love Alexandra so far!

Compromises

Well, it's done. I have a fringe. Cut by my friend for the first time. Eek. He convinced me to layer it, even though I like a subtle cut and after combing all of my hair in front of my face and declaring, 'That's much better!' Oh yes, ha-ha! He gave me a nice head massage/wash thing. We gossiped - gossiped - gossiped. I watched him through the mirror dancing to music on the stereo with scissors in his hand. I watched a LOT of my hair fall on to the floor, even though he promised I hadn't lost the length. And the verdict?

It's OK. I like the fringe. He's gone a bit scissor happy with the layers and although it's a lovely cut, it'll just take me time to get used to it. It feels a lot shorter than it is, and that's because of the layers.
I like the fringe though, it makes my eyes look bigger - so I'm keeping it.

Other news - I can't watch the X-Factor tonight. Grrr. I was going to buy a new digi-box thing and just as I was about to get one, Mr Sally called and said two people at his work have ones they don't need anymore and they'll bring them in tomorrow, if I can just hang on a day.
Even I'm not stupid enough to put X-Factor before a few pounds and I know it'll be repeated a million times before next week, it's just... well I love that part of my Saturday night.
Sigh!

Time for me to snuggle down and do a spot of reading.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Pumpkin

What a day - I'm so pleased it's Friday. It's been a loooonnnnng week.
Just watching Gav cook my tea, which is both very amusing and very sweet at the same time.

I'm getting stuck in to my new book and have lots of other things I need to get done too, can't wait for a very creative weekend.

Treated myself to a new skirt today, bargain at £5 and it's so cute - can't wait to wear it.

Next week is a very busy one with workshops, plays, theatre and it ends next weekend where I'll be dressed as a Pumpkin (don't ask!) And what a shame someone stole my camera, so there won't be any photographic evidence!

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Oh, I see...

It seems, that we are the only ones without TV. Everyone else is sat in their cosy apartments, channel hopping... it seems during the TV meltdown event, our freeview box broke in the process!

Things I was going to do this evening:

- Join an urban dance hip-hop dance class.
(On reflection, I gave up dancing 8 years ago and think this type of class is not the way to ease back in to it gently).

-Have a HUGE bubble bath, with loads of bubbles.
(Might still happen).

- Look at funding applications for my 2009 tour.
(Oooh, it's been a LONG day and my brain can't cope with things like that tonight).

Well I'm actually having a Sally night. Mr Sally has just gone home and Gav is hanging out with a neighbour.
I'm logging off and writing, writing, writing...

PERFECT!

Fringe Factor

The TV is still not working, something has happened to the whole block of flats and after three days, it seems it's a rather tough job to fix. It's been quite nice, back to talking, reading and chilling out. I won't be this nice about it if it's not fixed in time for X-Factor on Saturday though!

I've got heaps and heaps of workshops and creative things coming up, my diary is full, so I can't wait and Mr Sally is scraping pennies together to try and take me on a sunshine break in November, well I think I deserve one after this year ;-) We'll have to see though, because I'm really busy from now until Christmas and I can't afford to take too much time off work, but a little week somewhere sunny would be lovely.

I've just booked a hair appointment for Saturday and friend who works at the salon is going to cut it. Eeek! All we do when I go there is gossip, so fingers crossed he concentrates on my hair. I've asked him to give me a fringe and layers.
My friends roll their eyes when I tell them I'm getting a fringe - because whenever I get one, I usually grow it out straight away. I only ever really liked the first fringe I got done about 5 years ago. But that could be due to the fact the guy that cut it was beautiful, gave me loads of wine and told me the fringe would make me look beautiful. I realised he was the manager, but the fringe was great. Since then nobody has managed to cut it the same, the last time I had a fringe the guy made me run my fingers through my hair and yelled at me to, 'Touch it, feel it.' I got very scared!
Anyway, I've been going to the same salon for years now and my friend works there so I get discount, I've just never had him cut my hair before. So fingers crossed! I'll post a photo (damn, just realised I can't because my camera has been stolen, damn, I'll try and take one off my phone!)

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Part Time Dream

I have nothing of interest to say about my week. Nothing. Which it pretty sad. The only highlight was another fun Tuesday night with Roni and Scott at the Salford Arts Theatre.

Apart from that, I'm back at my old day job, back to feeling frustrated about life and back to planning things so that I can give up the day job!

Things in the pipeline for 2009 are a mini tour with my play, a festival tour and a schools tour. So maybe, maybe 2009 will be my year to start living the full dream and not the part time one!

Monday, 6 October 2008

Anyone for charades?

Well, it's just one thing after another in this apartment... got home tonight and the TV is broken! Well the freeview box is broken or something about a male and female lead or something that made me switch off quicker than the TV signal!

Anyway, Mr Sally is looking at me for answers on how we will cope without the TV. Crikey, this might mean that I've got to actually switch off my computer and have a conversation!

By the way, Mr Sally is being Mr Wonderful since we've been back together. I naturally give him a hard time, but he's not giving up. He's taking me on dates (things we never did) and I asked him last night if he'd like to go to salsa classes with me.
'No way,' he said.
'Oh sorry,' I shrugged. 'Just thought this time you wanted to do more things as a couple.'
'On one condition.' He said with a big sigh.
'What?'
'Help me practice before we go so that I don't look like a complete idiot!'

Sounds like a deal to me!

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Lessons

I've parted ways with my literary agent this week. It's fine and I'm thankful to have some really great feedback and encouragement, not just from him, but from a couple of other industry types this week.

It's been suggested that I write something a bit darker, with a bit of edge, keeping my comedy too. I've spent days pondering, re-reading the feedback, doodling, thinking, staring out of windows in to the rain, pondering some more - not to mention at least five bubble baths where more pondering took place and then...
an idea hit me, when I wasn't even thinking of anything, whilst I was waiting to meet a friend and I grabbed my notepad and scribbled down the prologue. I really like it and it's really different to anything I've written before. I'm not going to rush it because this one feels really special and I want to get it right. Keep you posted.


There are some horrible people in this world. Gav and I had new beds delivered the other week when we were both out and now my digital camera is missing. They also took the case my ipod came in, thankfully the ipod was in my bag and it's just the charger that's gone. I'm so, so angry and upset though. I loved the camera so much. My dad gave it to me, only a few months ago as he knew I was desperate for one and couldn't really afford one, so he gave me his as he upgraded to a new one. I loved it, took it everywhere and I'm just sad it's gone.
I had to go to the Police station to report it stolen, they don't expect that I'll get it back, and I don't suppose I will.
My laptop was in the hallway though as we had no idea they were coming round, so thank God they didn't take that.
I noticed that books on my book shelf had been moved. I noticed it straight away when I came back that night, I put it down to them bumping the shelf when they brought the beds in, but now I'm not sure. I just feel a bit sick and horrible about the whole thing.

Oh well, just another one of life's lessons.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

TSL Productions

My production company TSL Productions has just launched a brand spanking new website.

Take a peek - it's full of photos, gossip and news of up and coming projects...


http://www.tslproductions.co.uk

What are you doing today?

Me?

I'll probably be online all day because...

I HAVE BROADBAND!!

I was supposed to be up ready this morning for the delivery and Gav is in Wales and Mr Sally was in work at 7:00am, so I had to be up.
Except I fell back asleep. The intercom woke me up at 8:30am and it was the delivery man.

I buzzed him in to the main gates and ran down to the front door, he wasn't there. No, he was still stuck at the main gate.
So I had to run to him, in my pj's and bare feet.
It didn't help that he was utterly gorgeous and actually laughing at the sight of me! I could barely sign his pad thing because of a) the shame and b) I couldn't actually see!

Oh well, I'm online and can now connect with the rest of the world...

And breathe!
 
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