Wednesday, 30 December 2009
We finished our play. It's been the most fun, difficult, wonderful thing I've written. I've loved writing with Luke and we really believe we have something special. We're so proud of it.
I can't tell you the title or the synopsis yet - not being anal, we're entering it in to a playwriting festival and it's completely anonymous - so just want to be careful.
We'll be tweaking it slightly next week, filling out our application and then off it goes.
We won't find out until April, so I'll keep you all posted.
Whether we get in or not, we have a very special play and we're really proud.
Monday, 28 December 2009
'Err, that's nice - but it's not for another two days.' I said.
'No, it's today.'
'Is it? Oh my God - yes, it's today.... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!' I said.
'You'd kill me if this was the other way around.'
'Yeah, you're right!'
Mr Sally and I have been together, (admittedly on and off), for seven years. It's been a bumpy journey, but this year we became a million times closer and our relationship has become stronger than it's ever been. Here's to another seven (less bumpy!) years.
I love Mr Sally.
PS: We're not exchanging gifts as we spent a fortune on each other this Crimbo. We're going to have a meal and a few drinks in town next week when our jobs get less busy!
Can't wait! x
Saturday, 26 December 2009
Today I've been out and about with my mum and dad. Most of the shops were closed, which is just stupid as most of Manchester is open.
Anyway, we had a good drive out and then went to the beach for a bit.
Friday, 25 December 2009
We made it to my mum and dad's last night. My best friend, Leah and her hubby Mani arrived just before us and Mum and Dad put on a fab buffet.
Leah and Mani then drove to Leah's mum's and we had some beers and then bed. I was so tired after working a million hours and spending most of Christmas eve in town getting last minute presents.
What a morning, we were supposed to be having a cheap/quiet Christmas this year - but oh my goodness, I'm still in shock at the wonderful presents I just opened.
My mum and dad, who are by far the best parents a girl could wish for got me perfume, lots of lovely bits and bobs. They also got me a GORGEOUS camera, a professional one. I LOVE IT. And the best gift off them? A black filing cabinet for my new little office. I was sooo happy when I opened it.
Mr Sally got me a FLIP video camera, an ipod nano, ugg boots, perfume, GHDs. I have been spoilt rotten.
My brother got me perfume and a mini Henry the Hoover desk hoover. It's soooo cute!
Although we've all opened some amazing presents this year, I know it's not about what we open, it's about spending time with our loved ones. I love my family and man very much. I'm a very lucky girl.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!!!
LOTS OF LOVE xxxx
Sunday, 20 December 2009
I have been planning this play for three years!
For a synopsis on JUMBLE/LOVE RULES and CHAPERONES. Go to the website and read all about them.
I'm so excited.
My presents were also under the little tree he bought the other day.
I'm soooo excited for Christmas!
When I saw the snow this morning, my first thought was, 'Oh no!'
I've driven in snow once, and it was hardly driving as it was only to the top of my road and back and I almost skidded and came back home. So I wasn't very keen on driving all the way to Luke's.
He said he'd come to mine, but he's just called to say he's on the motorway and is turning round and going back home. The snow is getting heavier and heavier.
I didn't even drive Mr S to work or go and get his present. It's not worth it.
I'm just waiting for Luke to get home safely and for him to call and see what we can do over the phone or over MSN messenger or something.
What a nightmare.
The snow looks very pretty though.
Saturday, 19 December 2009
I'm full of Christmas excitement now. Perhaps because I've been shopping finally, perhaps because of the snow... but I'm suddenly so excited.
Day off tomorrow. Hurrah! Meeting Luke to do more writing. Our play is coming along, we just need a full day to get stuck in to it. I'm off to his house to write and have my tea - he lives in the hills though, so I'm a bit worried about snow and driving, so we'll have to see if I get there. May have to get the train.
Right, here I am blogging and I need to get a move on and get to the theatre. I'm working tonight.
Christmas Jingles to you all xx
Friday, 18 December 2009
Mr Sally has been off all week, and to be fair has got up early to drop me off at work and has been picking me up, taking me home so I can shower and change and then dropping me back off at my other job.
Today in work I felt like I just hit a wall of tiredness. Mr Sally came and met me at 4pm when I finished and we... wait for it... we made a start on our Christmas shopping!!!
Wow, we got loads of stuff, fabulous gifts for my mum, dad and brother. Mr Sally has been busy shopping for mine and I'm going to get his next week, finally it's all under control.
Because of our living situation at the moment, our beautiful Christmas tree is at his house and as we both live at the flat, until we buy our home next year - we decided not to bother with a tree for the flat this year. We're never in anyway.
But halfway through the week, when I was really tired, I had a bit of a rant about how un-festive the flat feels. Not even a fairy light in the window.
I got home from work at midnight last night, and Mr Sally had got a little tree for the living room. It's so cute. It almost made me cry.
We're going to keep it for our new house as I'm sure it'll go nicely in another room.
Anyway, I'm finally in the festive spirit and I'm almost ready for Christmas. I'm getting so excited now.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
I'm so excited about JUMBLE. I've got a good feeling about it.
Keep you posted! x
I've still not started my Christmas shopping. Mr Sally seems to think we should not panic, even though he looked panic stricken himself when I said, 'It's Christmas day next week!'
He's off this week and Friday night after I finish work at 4pm, we're heading to town (which will be painfully busy and filled with chaos), and we're going to make a start on the shopping.
I asked work if there was any possible way I could have Xmas Eve off. We're going to Wales that afternoon, but I have a horrible feeling I will be panic shopping at 9am as I do every year.
No, I never learn.
Had a lovely night off last night and went to the press night at the theatre I work at with Paul Newbery. We watched Blithe Spirit and it was FAB. I really loved it. I even had some mulled wine to get me in to the festive spirit.
I'm off today from the day job. It felt so nice not to have to set the alarm, although Mr Sally had to get up at seven to drive back to his house as the TV man and plumber are coming round to fix things.
Today I'm having a morning to myself, heading to town later to meet Luke to do some more writing. Our play is coming along, but so much more to do as our deadline is early Jan and between us working, we're trying to squeeze every possible spare second of writing time we can.
So we're meeting for three hours to write then I've got to work at the theatre tonight.
Friday, 11 December 2009
Do you remember the play JUMBLE I started writing in the Summer? I read through it the other day, haven't looked at it for nearly three months and the good news is, I LOVE IT. I think it's my best yet. Even if I do say so myself.
I'm going to be producing it late Feb. I have already put a casting call out to audition for the parts and getting loads of CVs back. I'll be auditioning in the first week of Jan.
I hope to produce that in Feb too. It's going to be a busy start to the year, and that's the way I want it!
It seems everyone I speak to have done their shopping and wrapped their shopping and are now just waiting for the big day!
To be fair, Mr Sally and I have been working a million hours - him doing Panto and me doing every job going! We had this pact that we'd pay all our bills first, him paying for his house, me paying my my flat, him helping me to pay for my flat! (Hopefully next year we'll just have the one house and one lot of bills!)
Today I got a rather lovely wage and it's almost ALL gone on the gas, electric, phone bill. Crikey.
Anyway, that's it, all our December bills are paid, so whatever we earn next is Christmas money.
I want to treat Mr Sally this year and have joined forces with my mum and dad to get him a super-duper gift.
He's off all next week, so whilst I'm working I'm going to send him out with a list. We'll get on top of it and I WILL NOT leave it until Christmas Eve this year!
I WILL NOT!
How dare you even suggest I would!
I created Mirth four years ago, a place for me to write about my little world. Things that happen to me on a day to day basis and before I knew it I was making blog friends and my real life friends were logging on and enjoying my words. That was it. Nothing more. It was fun.
Over the last four years I've had over twenty thousand hits and just looking at my stats I can see that people are always googling to find my blog, which has always been flattering.
I'm always careful what I write and who I write about. But then what happens when you put something out there not expecting people to google you and stumble upon your daily thoughts? It's horrible.
I've been chatting to my friends about this and they say, 'Well if you put it out there, expect for it to be found.'
Which is what I always think when I post something. But when it is found by people you don't want it to be found by, it's rather confusing and just makes me feel a bit cold.
So I was fluttering between deleting the whole blog and not. What's the point? Why put your whole life online? Is it fun or just incredibly stupid?
I had a job interview recently and at the end the woman interviewing me said, 'I feel like I know you anyway, I'm following you on Twitter!' That left me shocked. I don't know why though, it's not like I'm naive to it.
Anyway, I'm keeping Mirth. I love my little blog and my little world. I'll still continue to think before I post and if people stumble upon it that I hoped wouldn't - then so be it.
And to all those readers I've had over the last four years, those I know and don't know. Thank you for reading Mirth and being interested in my little world xxx
Monday, 7 December 2009
On Friday when Exposure opened, I had to work from 7am in the restaurant until 3pm. I felt sick with nerves all day. It was as if I was performing that night. I was nervous for the cast, nervous that they had an audience, nervous because Mr Sally couldn't take time off from work to help with the tech side of things, which left me to do the lights and the sound.
Anyway, everything went amazingly well. We had a lot of support from family/friends - we were almost full on opening night and still really busy on the last night. The cast were amazing, they put their hearts and souls in to it. The audience loved the play, they were laughing along, cheering at the end and they loved the characters/actors and I feel amazingly proud of them.
Bless them too, they bought me a bottle of wine and all wrote beautiful messages in to a thank you card for me. They also bought Mr S a two bottles of beer for all the help he'd given them too. I was almost sobbing.
They have one last class this Friday and I've planned for them to have a comedy workshop. I wanted to end the classes on a huge high before Christmas, and they're all excited about the workshop, so it should be fab. I've got loads of planning to do now over Christmas and CCT is coming back in the new year with a big bang!
The only down side to the performances, one cast member got her bag stolen whilst she was on stage. The theatre is a co-op space and people live around the space. I told them all to put their bags in the storage room that I had a key for and I'd be sat next to the door through the show anyway, so just assumed they'd all done it. She took her bag backstage and left it there, so whilst the show was on, someone came down and stole it. I'm so gutted for her. I replaced the money she had in her purse, but I'm so angry it happened.
Thank you everyone for your support. Thanks for the lovely messages on here, Facebook, Twitter. It really means a lot.
Here's to the next one. Eek!
NEWS FLASH - NEWS FLASH - NEWS FLASH - NEWS FLASH - NEWS FLASH
PS: I've started working with a guy in the restaurant who is also a writer, and also teaches music.
'Can you compose music?' I asked him whilst serving a cappuccino that looked like a latte.
'Because I want to write a musical and don't know anyone who can compose music.'
'Oh My God - I've always wanted to write a musical.'
It's going to happen. I'm going to write and produce my first ever musical in 2010.
I knew there was a reason I've started serving coffee for a living!
Thursday, 3 December 2009
I had a rehearsal with the cast last night. Think they're ready. They are filled full of nerves and excitement and I'm so proud of them.
Our first Character Creation Theatre production. It's going to be FAB.
I shall keep you all posted on the events and post pics etc. But for now, I have to spend my afternoon sorting last minute props, printing programmes... that kind of thing.
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Day off today, but no rest for me. Got to meet my friend and writing partner Luke in town at 12pm to crack on with our play and then I'm heading off to Hulme to meet the cast for a rehearsal before they open on Friday!
Before I lost my job in the summer, my treat to myself was that once a week I'd buy a copy of the Stage newspaper and sit in a coffee shop and read it back to front. Anyway, since the summer money has been tight, so I've had to stop little treats.
But now, finally everything is getting better I went to Waterstones before work on Monday and sat with a coffee and a copy of the Stage and happily read it.
You've got to have a little treat!
Sunday, 29 November 2009
We then went shopping in town, getting ideas for Christmas and I picked up a few props for the play.
Speaking of the play, we open on Friday - FRIDAY!!! Tickets are selling fast, the cast are filled with excitement and it's all systems go.
It's going to be a long week for me and Mr Sally. He has Panto opening at his theatre and I've got my play opening this week.
Best get a good nights sleep whilst I can!
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Thankfully agent said to send it when I'm ready, so no immediate deadline. Although I'm keen to get it down and sent asap.
PS: I failed NaNo this year!
A quarter way through. Needs to be done by December as I'm producing it in Feb!
I'm co-writing this with my friend Luke and we're entering it to a huge new writing festival. I can't say the title as the play submissions are anonymous and I'm not sure who reads this blog!
It's got to the point now that friends are booking me for my next day off. Tomorrow I'm off from work, although teaching in the evening, so my friend Luke has booked my day up so we can work on our play for the new year as we've got so much work to do. Mr Sally has just said, 'Ooh, we've got the day together tomorrow.'
I need to get a grip!
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Back to work yesterday and flippin' heck was I back to work with a bang.
7am shift until 2pm.
Mr Sally picked me up and drove me to a primary school in Bury to teach a comedy workshop - I had to get changed in the car? Have any of you ever tried that? So difficult.
Taught the comedy class and the kids were fab as usual. The school was lovely.
Then back in the car, changed back in to my uniform and back to the restaurant for an evening shift.
Today I was in at 8am and they decided I should be doing coffee's. OMG - I was doing fine until one guy came in and ordered 6 different types of coffee and everything went to pot.
I can't get the hang of a cappuccino, but my lattes are ace! (Kind of!)
Today, I also decided to trap my boss' finger in the cupboard door as he was answering the phone. There was blood everywhere. I felt so bad.
I am enjoying the restaurant job though. I'm getting to know the regulars and it's great talking to loads of different people all the time.
Finished at 2pm today - but no night off for me. Got to meet the drama class as they want an extra rehearsal, their play is next week. I'm taking chocolate!
Saturday, 21 November 2009
That's all I've done, all week.
Which is good because I need all the pennies I can get at the minute.
7am shifts, I'm almost getting used to. Once I'm at work I'm fine, it's just pushing myself out of a warm bed when it's pitch black I can't seem to cope with.
Today I was in the restaurant from 8am - 12:00pm. Then tonight I'm at the theatre from 6:00pm.
But then I've got 2 whole days off. Hurrah.
So, Mr Sally and I are popping away from Manchesterford. (Well, he's got to work tomorrow - but Sun night and Monday he'll be with me.)
Oh, I'll enjoy the break, because Tuesday is going to be mental:
Restaurant 7am - 2pm
Teaching comedy to school children 3:30 - 4:30
Restaurant 5:00pm - 8:00pm
It's going to be a killer of a day.
NaNoWriMo has gone right out the window. Sob, sob, sob, sob!
PS: How completely varied is my life at the minute?! It's one extreme to another.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
I've got so much to do.
I'm busy trying to make a trailer for the play for my adult drama group, but I can't get the footage off my camera on to my computer. I used to be able to, but now it won't work. Grr.
I also bought some new cable things off ebay (yeah, I know). They were sent from Japan, and Vista compatible. But, oh they don't work either! PANTS.
So I'm going to be screaming at the computer all day, I can feel it.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
But a few actors I've never met have heard I'm working on my next play and have asked if they could audition for it? This is a very new development for me. Usually, I'm advertising auditions all over the place!
It's really nice and I'm collecting a little folder of CVs etc.
I can't be in this play (which I'm hoping to have finished and ready to produce in Feb). There is one male character, he's a handsome headteacher. Then there are four female roles and these roles are for mature women. This is my way of supporting the huge response in the Stage newspaper about female actors not getting good work once they've hit a certain age.
I'm happy that the four characters I have created are so different from each other and in their own way are strong women.
I am looking forward to producing this one. It'll be nice to just produce it. There's someone I met recently who wants to get in to directing and has never done it before, I'll probably ask this person if they'd like to have a go on this play and I'll be there to support them.
I believe everyone should have a chance and with a bit of support and encouragement, they can go a long way.
I'm looking forward to starting the new year.
Paul said, 'Best not mention flowers to Sally.'
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
OMG! I'm exhausted. For months I've been getting up around nine, writing in the morning, pottering to a part time job in the afternoon/evening and pottering home.
And, when we have a break, we're allowed to go to the kitchen and ask for anything cooked for us.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
First day at new job was fab. Everyone was lovely. Tried loads of the food and really enjoyed myself.
I am in at 7:00am all week (Weds off).
This is going to be one huge shock to the system. I'll report back, if I have the energy!
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Mr Sally treated me to the second and third books from the Twilight series. I'm desperate to read New Moon before I watch the film.
Friday, 13 November 2009
My play worker job was great, the kids were amazing but it was three hours a night and the pay was terrible, plus in the half term I didn't get given any shifts. And because the hours were early evening, it meant I was turning down work in the theatre, teaching etc.
I was also spending half my pay getting to work, which was getting me down.
Bills pouring in, Crimbo round the corner, it made me ill.
I got offered a full time position / trial in one of my fave restaurants yesterday. I know the staff quite well and they're trying me out on Sunday. Full time hours, weekly pay, can still work at the theatre, still do my teaching/writing.
Today, I suddenly feel a million times better about things.
My friends and family have been so supportive to my depressed, ill state :-)
Mr Sally has paid as many of my bills as he can. My family have phoned with words of love every day.
My friends have been looking out for jobs for me. Paul Newbery, especially has been so supportive with encouraging words.
Paul Swaine sent me a text that just said, 'Hurry up and get a new job. You're starting to remind me of the mum in dinnerladies!'
Yeah, thanks Swaine!
So providing I pass my trial on Sunday, (they just want to see how I work), then hopefully that's the end of what has been a very, very tough few months.
Thursday, 12 November 2009
I grew up in a haunted house for 11 years.
I'm terrified of them.
Anyway, so you know how I work in my favourite theatre in the whole of the world? I run their members bar with another girl. We work alone though and swap nights.
The bar is HUGE, very grand and there are creepy pictures on the walls. There is a big sweeping staircase and there is another old looking room at the top that members can use too.
So, I've been aware since day one that it's creepy. I'm in there for five hours on my own, most shifts. It's OK until it starts getting to the end of the night and it suddenly gets really creepy. I have to cash up, go to the top bar and turn the lights off, run down the dark stairs in to the bottom bar and turn the lights off downstairs. That's the bit I hate.
The other day I was in the bar and a four people came back for post show drinks. So I was clearing up, whilst they were chatting. I was just behind the bar and not looking up because I was cleaning and thought one of them had come to the side of the bar to ask for another drink, I looked over and went to say, 'Hello.' But nobody was there, they were still all sat together chatting.
It freaked me out.
But I can't let it get to me, because I have to work there. So it's not an option to be scared.
Last week I was doing a function and I said to one of my bosses, 'Right, I'd better get back to the bar.'
And he said, ' The haunted bar.'
'Haven't you seen the Most Haunted show they did here?'
'Apparently that bar is the most haunted part of the theatre.'
'Watch it,' he said. 'It's on YouTube.'
'I think I'll pass thanks.'
There is no way I'm going to watch it, no way at all. I'm only ever going to watch it when I don't work there anymore, which I'm hoping will be a long way away!
Anyway, I was telling my lovely friend Paul all about this and he said he was going to watch it for me and report back.
Here are his Tweets to me:
Interesting to hear if you feel anything?! WTF?!
I shall report back.
OMG - I'm scared, really scared now!
**PS: Paul thinks I should talk to it. I don't want to encourage the thing and if I did decide to talk to the thing, what would I say? Oh, this is stupid, I'm scaring myself! **
He's doing OK with at this relationship malarkey at the moment!
I love discovering new and fabulous authors.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
I haven't driven since mine was burnt and stolen back in May. Wow, six months without driving. I hope I remember how to do it!
Mr Sally is wonderful.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
I was working last night at the theatre and there's a really
long second half to the play, so once all my job were done, I got to sit down with my notepad and plan the book properly.
Usually when I'm writing anything, the story changes as I'm writing and I don't like to plot too much because of this, I just have an initial idea and go with it - but I'm 5 chapters in and have a feel for it now. I know where it's going, I know what's going to happen and I'm still really enjoying writing it.
It's a bit dark, a bit edgy, a bit naughty and full of twists. It's aimed at the older end of teens.
I'm going to see what my agent thinks this week - eek!
But I think, even if he doesn't like my idea initially, I won't be able to just put this one away half finished. I feel compelled to tell this story and write this book - which I'm taking as a good sign.
Saturday, 7 November 2009
So we may be moving venues. I'd rather them perform the play in a cold community centre than have the stress of these kids.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Today, Mr Sally had to do lots of errands on his day off. Mainly sorting out car insurance and putting me on it so I can drive a car again!
So I got him to drop me off at the train station.
I was two hours early for my train and I took my notepad. I got a coffee and wrote the start of Chapter 5.
I have no idea how many words I wrote at the train station because I need to type them up, which I'm going to do after bangers and mash for my tea!
I know I've mentioned that my book felt like it was going a bit dark, well it really is. Something happened today that I didn't plan happening and I like it. It's got a bit of edge to it, and it's exciting.
After writing and (not selling) two books - this one feels right. I just hope my agent agrees and shares my excitement for it. I've yet to send it and I'm going to send him some sample chapters this weekend, so fingers crossed.
But for now, it feels exciting and I'm just going to go with it.
My answer was 'Nothing,' and err, that was the point!
Flippin' heck. My day job went wrong yesterday and I just felt like bursting in to tears. Horrible, horrible.
I did try and Tweet a message of misery from my train, but even Twitter didn't want part of it and refused to upload it!
I had to rush to my theatre job after the day job and ended up having a fab night. It was the opening of a new play. We had a HUGE function and it was busy. I got to work with the girl I trained with. We get on so well, we even had matching tops on last night! We share the job, so we never get to work with each other, although we're always texting and trying to meet up for drinks etc. So it was great to actually get to work together. We also got some of the GORGEOUS food, free ice cream, chocolate cake and coffee.
We worked until midnight and got a huge glass of wine at the end of the night too.
It must be something to do with good old Doctor Theatre, because my mood was lifted and I felt much better when I got in, much to Mr Sally's happiness!
Phew, I don't get like that - EVER. And hope to never again, it wasn't nice.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Got 1,683 words down this morning.
Pig has just kissed Audrey in the woods and I've got to go to work and leave them there!
I'm taking my notepad with me, because I can't wait until tonight to find out what happens!
To be Continued...
Monday, 2 November 2009
I'm enjoying NaNoWriMo this year - my word count is going up, up, up. Meant to write more tonight, but various things got in the way, like discovering a box full of old notepads and an hour and a half phone call with my mum!
Anyway, I'm up again early tomorrow before work and I'm cracking on with the book. I may even take my notepad to bed and do some scribblings before I hit the land of nod.
Sunday, 1 November 2009
A proud feeling.
Cast have messaged to say they love it. Phew. I love it too!
Right, NaNoWriMo - I'm ready for you! x
Saturday, 31 October 2009
I have been desperate for my own little office space for nearly two years. Writing with a laptop on my sofa is ok, but my back starts to hurt after a while and I have folders and notepads everywhere!
I still want to decorate the room and get a sofa for it... we'll see how funds are before Crimbo. It's something I'll do slowly, the main thing is I have a desk. (Finally!)
I was so ill and snotty and felt horrible. I got ready for teaching and had to go and pay my monthly rent for the theatre space, so I had to go to town first. I had a huge bag of things for teaching as well as my mini laptop as I had a bit of time to myself when the dance class was on.
Friday, 30 October 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Two days until NaNoWriMo and I'm going to attend the Manchester launch party on Saturday, can't wait for that.
Also noticed there is a NaPlWriMo - for playwrights. So I've joined. Why not. I have a million and one writing projects on the go at the same time always, so it should be fun.
I'm hoping my desk will be in my new office by this weekend so I can sit and write properly.
My back really hurts from writing from my sofa, despite shoving a million cushions behind me.
Just had a lovely phone call off a friend of mine who is an ex-soap actress. She's not only really talented but she's so inspiring to be around.
Anyway, she's always loved writing and now that acting is slow she's joined forces with a drama school friend of hers and they're meeting every Monday night and writing, writing, writing.
I'm so pleased for her and I could hear the bubble of enthusiasm in her voice as she told me all about it.
I like people like this, ones that don't sit around moaning about the industry and how tough it is - they just get on with it and put the work in.
There's something comforting about having a circle of like-minded friends. Like a safety blanket of inspiration when things get tough.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
I have a few deadlines to meet by Friday and yet, I'm out tomorrow night to the theatre to watch a play with my friend Luke.
We are writing a play together and it seems there is a play on with the exact same title and possibly a similar theme to us. So we're checking it out, like theatrical spy's!
I hope, hope, hope it's nothing like ours because I love our play so much.
It'll be nice to catch up with Luke too. He's been busy on a theatre tour for a while, so we're in need of a proper catch up.
I haven't had a treat or a theatre night out for a bit, and although money is tight at the moment - I've been working so hard, I figure one little trip to the theatre is allowed! Especially as it's research!
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Anyone else joining NaNoWriMo?
I join every year and fail. But as I'm just starting to work on A GUY CALLED PIG, thought this year it would give me extra reason to keep my bum to the seat and my fingers to the keyboard.
I've got so many writing deadlines this week, so I've got to crack on and get stuck in to them.
My theatre school is just starting to bloom and I'm so happy. The dance class finally launched last week, it looked so much fun I actually had the urge to join in. Gemma is a wonderful dance teacher and everyone looked like they were having a fun time.
The adult drama is in full swing and they seem to love the play I'm writing for their Christmas productions, so it's great.
My Saturday classes are launching this weekend, and I'm excited. I'm offering this weekends launch class free as a special half term introduction offer - so hopefully we'll see loads of kids and teenagers walking through the door.
The theatre I'm using is so nice. They've made me feel very welcome and I've been trusted with keys and basically left to it when I'm there.
It's been running a month. I haven't broken even this month, but didn't expect to as I know it's something that takes time to grow. I'm hoping the company makes a profit at the end of next month.
It all goes back in to the business so we have money in the pot for productions, costumes... anything to do with the classes.
The aim is to have enough coming in to have our own building and I have huge plans for that... but that's way off.
I'm happy we're building slowly. Everyone who has come through the door for classes, taught the classes or just helped out have been wonderful and inspiring and I feel like we're becoming a little Characrer Creation family!
Here's our new and funky website.
Monday, 26 October 2009
It's been another chaotic week of work, teaching, writing and rushing.
I'll do a proper post tomorrow. But for now I'm going to watch a film with Mr Sally on his only night off for a bit!
Thursday, 22 October 2009
I'm so excited about this. We start rehearsals in class tomorrow night.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Came home from work and Mr Sally had made from scratch a pie from his Jamie Oliver cookbook. Bless him, he slaved over it for three hours and it was GORGEOUS.
I started plotting my adult drama class' Christmas play today. The play is called EXPOSURE! It's set in a photography camera club (I think I've told you this already!) Anyway, whilst sat on my train today I planned the twists and turns. I'm very excited about this play. I want to write something the group will be proud of. Although they are beginners, I am treating this whole production as a professional production and I know they'll cope. It's very exciting.
Tomorrow I have to get up MEGA early. I have to get a train MEGA EARLY as I'm on a First Aid course. It's a good thing to learn, but I don't think I'll enjoy it. I don't like blood or the thought of saving someones life, it scares me! Hmm.
I shall let you know how I get on. I hope it's good and I'm not sat there thinking about all the work I could be doing back home. I've got so many projects on the go and not much money coming in at the moment because everyone seems to forget to pay me.
Oh yes, sorry - positive, positive, positive!
Monday, 19 October 2009
I'll fill you in properly later.
My CRB check came through today, which is great. We only sent it off two weeks ago.
Logging off to do some writing. Have a good Monday x
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Wow - I've been terrible at blogging this week, huge apologies.
I feel like last week all I did was rush and run around everywhere.
I started my new theatre job, which I LOVE and will talk about that more soon. Although this job is just going to be Saturday's, I had to go in for training etc and so I was there Monday and Thursday.
I'm starting properly there tomorrow night though and just can't wait. All is good.
The girl I'm sharing the job with is so nice. You know when you just click with someone straight away? Honestly, strangely feel she's going to be a good friend. We have writing in common and the theatre and after our training on Thurs we went out for a beer and a gossip.
I'm pleased I'll be sharing the job with someone I like. I've got a great feeling about this job. I'm just so happy about it.
I've been writing loads this week. Just getting my notepad and pen out every spare second I had, like the train station etc.
A GUY CALLED PIG is really coming on. Something switched inside me at the station on Tuesday and I re-wrote the opening for like the millionth time and it's gone a bit darker, but it feels so much better and feels right. I'm getting really excited about this book now.
My classes are going great. Some are slower than others to build, but that was expected.
The adult drama class are getting excited about their Christmas play. I'm writing a play especially for them called EXPOSURE! It's set in a photography camera club. I'll let you know what they think of the opening scenes on Friday!
I feel like I have loads more to tell you, but can't think at the moment. Last week was really busy and tiring, I didn't get a second to stop.
Roll on tomorrow, where it gets slightly more busy, I'm ready for it - just!
The FABULOUS actor Paul Newbery has confirmed he'll be teaching the first one next Saturday October 24th.
If you want to know tips and advice on getting in to the industry and making it as a working actor, this is definitely the class for you.
Places are limited, so drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join the class.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
My week has been filled with a new job, theatre meetings, writing, day jobs and the list goes on.
Promise more soon x
Monday, 12 October 2009
I was a huge fan of Boyzone in my teen years and always loved Stephen. I was lucky enough to meet him when I was sixteen and he was lovely and giggly.
I still can't believe this terrible news. My thoughts are with his family, friends, Boyzone and fans.
Friday, 9 October 2009
Drama (Adults) - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
All classes are £6
Just turn up if you want to join us tonight, or contact us for more details.
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Excellent. It's gone sooo fast, can't believe it's been a month.
Anyway, they seem to really like me and want to keep me on, which is great news. I've also been given a new role, involving working with the under 5s - which is great.
So all is good, oh and I start my new theatre job next week - can't wait for that either.
Gav moved yesterday :-( and the flat is really quiet without him. He's OK though and seems happy, so all is good.
I'm just waiting for landlord to move the bed out of the back room, so I can start painting my office! Eek. I will post before and after pics once it's done.
Right, got to crack on. Got my teaching to plan for tomorrow.
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Gav is moving out today (sob, sob). I am going to miss him being around, but wish him all things happy.
I'm SICK of commuting to and from work. I get a tram and then a train and fine they are only small journeys, but it's tiring me out so much.
Yesterday I though instead of getting the tram home, why don't I get the train as I'm at the station anyway.
I got off the train, it was PITCH black and I couldn't get my bearings. It was also THROWING IT DOWN.
I was lost, wet and miserable.
It added an extra hour on to my journey and I was soaking wet. I stomped home, mumbling how much I hated the kids who stole and burnt my car.
Anyway, Mr S is going to add me to his car insurance when his is up for a renewal next month, which should make things easier.
Yesterday I donated a load of teenage books to the kids club I work at. They went down so well and one little girl read all afternoon.
That was nice.
Right, loads to do before I head to the tram stop. Catch you all later x
Monday, 5 October 2009
I've spent all morning making sense out of all the notes I've been scribbling about them and the plot over the last couple of months.
I'm just playing about with two different openings. I like them both, but I'm just deciding on which one is the strongest.
Hmm, I think it's idea one.
Right, time to down pens and head to the day job.
I'll be pondering on the train...
Catching up with friends at the theatre tonight, really looking forward to it.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
I've taken on my agents advice and suggestions and I've also given myself a little break away from it - spent some time working with teenagers, reading lots of teen books, plotting, thinking, writing notes and now I feel ready to get stuck back in.
I feel better about the book already.
Can't wait to see where this journey takes me.
Saturday, 3 October 2009
OK, so my Play Worker job got even better this week when I had to do an activity with them, and I was encouraged by my boss to do drama type things with the group.
Anyway, I decided to create a play with them and they all got involved - some wanting to have backstage creative roles, some wanting performing roles.
We started creating characters and a play, which they've given the title BAD GIRLS.
It was nice to see them enthusiastic and working together.
I also got offered the job at my favourite theatre. The Royal Exchange Theatre have employed me as a weekend host and I'm soooo excited. I love this theatre so much.
Lastly, my theatre school launched last night. I had to drag myself out of my sick bed and there was a hicup with the dance class as the teacher had lost her voice. The adult drama class launched and flippin' heck, what a lovely group. Really enthusiastic, friendly and willing to try. Everything you wish for when teaching. I'm going to really enjoy working with this group, it's going to be good.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Sorry for lack of posts this week - I've been totally exhausted and don't know why. I think it's probably down to a few late nights, which I'm not used to and work has also been really busy.
Running around after the kids has helped me lose some weight though - so that's good!
It's been a few days since I launched the Lydia Mould channel on YouTube and I've been getting loads of encouraging feedback from various people, so that's good.
I've filmed her first X-Factor video clip, she'll be doing a weekly review. I'm just editing it now and should have it up in the next day or two.
I think I need at some point to get some better editing software. The one I have is fine, but it's not great and Windows Vista seems to HATE everything I plug in.
I'm saving for a Mac.
Monday, 28 September 2009
My tram to town was late and then my train to work was mega late - leaving me stressed and panicky and unable to think about writing!
Tonight, I'm hoping to do more video stuff - if I manage to stay awake :)
The first one is http://www.youtube.com/LydiaMould - this one is my stage door groupie character Lydia Mould. Currently got a mini vid on there - but plan to fill this channel with spoof songs and celeb news etc. Plus Lydia's take on X-Factor.
Check out her blog here too: http://stagedoorgroupie.blogspot.com
And the final channel is: http://www.youtube.com/ThinkTheatrical
This channel takes you behind the scenes of the making of the Lydia channel and behind the scenes of my plays etc.
Don't forget to comment/Rate and Subscribe.
Hope you enjoy them.
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
I'm so pleased it's Friday. I've got so much to sort out this weekend.
Theatre classes are launching next week, so excited.
Filming sketches this weekend as well as promoting next weeks classes.
Got to sort the flat out too. De-junking the whole of my life. Bills are also coming in thick and fast, so need to sit down and organise them this weekend.
Gav has also decided to move back to Wales. He's given Manchester a year and it's not for him. He's given it a good go and it's been really tough for him, so I completely support his decision for wanting to move back to Wales. He's not moving to my mum and dad's though, he's going to share with a good friend.
It'll be strange not having him here, although we have our arguments as any brother and sister do, it's still been fun having him around.
So that leaves me with a two bed flat. I've been looking at one bed flats and actually for what I'm paying for a two bed is quite good. So, as I don't really want to move again until Mr Sally and I are ready to move in to our own house somewhere soon, I've decided to keep the flat and see if my landlord will let me take out the bed and stuff from his room and turn it in to an office for me.
I feel bad that I'm already making plans for his room, but he's moving next weekend and he thinks the office thing is a good idea.
It's going to be really strange him not being in that room though. I'll get used to it I suppose.
Ooh, my green screen has just arrived in the post! In fab time for filming this weekend.
Can't wait. I'm so excited.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Right, I'm going - I'm going.
Date night with Mr Sally tonight though. Not really done anything for a while. Nothing exciting, just a couple of drinks in the pub, but I'm looking forward to it.
Chat soon x
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
WHAT. A. WEEK.
Is it really not Friday yet?!
My head is banging. Seriously banging. I had a job interview tonight for a FAB job in a theatre I LOVE. But, my train got in to Manchester from work at 6:25pm and I had to RUN from the station to the theatre for an interview at 6:30pm.
I do not run well. I do not run well at all, especially when there are people SLOWLY walking around with bags, glancing in to shop windows.... Damn, why don't I go to the gym more?
I was five mins late.
They knew I was rushing from work, and were fine with it, but still...
I was five mins LATE.
I hate being late and I hate rushing.
Oh, and I could feel my make-up sliding off my face.
Anyway, please cross fingers. I'd love this job, especially as it's in the best theatre EVER!
With my mum's kindly donated lottery money. I treated myself to a web cam today. Ooh, I'm so very excited about this. Launching YouTube stuff next week.
There's still money in the pot to treat my mum to a gift too.
Right, where the heck is Mr Sally with my beer?
I've never needed a cold beer as much as I do after today.
Did I mention I RAN?!
Never running again, I don't think it's good for you.
Seriously, don't even bother trying it!
Monday, 21 September 2009
Wales was great. Kite flying happened, lots of food, laughs, the boys went to the cinema and me and my mum drooled at Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.
My mum also got 4 numbers on the lottery and she won a total of £101.
Being the beautiful human being she is, she gave £25 to me, Gav, Mr S and my dad. None of us wanted to take it, we all tried to give it her back, but she wanted to split it between us. None of us think it's fair she ends up with nothing. I even suggested if she really wanted us to all have some of it, to give us just £20 each and then she'd have the same, but no, she wouldn't take it.
She wants us all to have a little treat as we've all had a bit of a struggle with jobs and stuff. So, I'm going to buy her a gift and I treated myself to this today:
It's a green screen. I'm making some comedy sketches at the moment and creating a channel on YouTube, which I'll tell you all about soon.
Hope you've all had a great weekend and Monday, I'll catch up with your blogs tomorrow x
Friday, 18 September 2009
It's probably the last weekend we'll be able to get down there for a while as theatre land gets busy as of next week and I've got a million and one things going on after this weekend.
So much, much kite flying ahead. Can't wait.
Have a tip top weekend everyone.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
My morning has zoomed by very quickly too. Up with the lark today sorting my finances, making sure companies that owe me pennies are going to pay and stuff. I feel much better for sorting through paperwork this morning. My bank actually offered me a loan and I said, 'No.'
I must be growing up.
My theatre school is opening in two weeks and I just looked at the list of people that have joined already and it's looking good. Can't wait for it to start.
Right, well my morning has come and gone and now I need to get ready for my job.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
The school I was in was really lovely and the club staff were very welcoming. I was thrown in at the deep end and had to cook spaghetti on toast for approx 20 kids. Oh my goodness, the kitchen was chaos.
I enjoyed my first shift - we did some ghost story drama bits at the end of the day which was fun too.
The staff were lovely and so were the kids.
I think I'm going to like it there.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
I'm soooo thrilled. She just phoned me now. She said it was a high standard this time around, but loved my application and my interview and it's mine if I want it!
Woop - Woop.
I start tomorrow.
So the job is working in the afternoons as a Play Worker in an after school club.
Obviously because I lost my job over a week ago, I was desperate to find something else whilst my theatre school takes off. I didn't want to have to sign on and I applied for everything.
But this was the only job I applied for that I actually wanted. I love working with kids and it's the perfect job for me.
I can do my writing in the mornings, play worker job in the afternoons and theatre stuff in the evenings.
I'm sooooo happy!
What a great way to start the week.
I was so close to signing on this week, even though I didn't want to do it, but sometimes you have to swallow pride and get help. I'm so glad it never came to that, and I'm so glad I got the one job I actually really wanted.
I can't wait xx
Saturday, 12 September 2009
I'm busy writing my teen novel and obviously I LOVE reading teen books.
This was actually a really great book, and at the end I shed a tear. I was crying on the beach. Mr Sally actually said, 'Aren't you reading a teenage book though?'
I couldn't answer because I was sobbing.
I'm now a HUGE Cathy Hopkins fan.
Hope everyone has had a lovely sunny Saturday xx
It was a lovely message.
Turns out she picked up an old book in a charity shop and loved it so much she wanted to send it to me to read.
What a lovely thought.
I said I'd read it and send it back, but she wants me to pass it on to someone else when I'm done. What a fab idea - I like to think there will be a chain of people all being introduced to this book.
The book is called UNDERFOOT IN SHOW BUSINESS by Helen Hanff.
It's about the 99% of people that don't make it in the business and is supposed to be very funny.
I already know the person I'm passing it on to.
Have anyone of you guys passed on a good book?
I love sharing books.
I'm in Wales for a long weekend at my family's.
It's supposed to be HOT all weekend, so we're hitting the beach for much kite flying fun. Really can't wait.
I'll post pics soon.
Happy weekend to you all x
Thursday, 10 September 2009
No job, hair was limp - couldn't afford haircut, put on weight - that kind of thing.
Anyway, today I was still feeling miserable and went in to town to hand out CVs and got stopped straight away in the street by a really lovely girl asking if I wanted a free hair cut at Tony & Guy.
'It's completely free?'
Turns out it was in their academy and the girl was full of confidence and really lovely and I'm not in the position to turn down a free hair cut.
I had the best morning, she cut my hair so well, she also passed one of her assessments when she completed my hair. So yey to her.
Anyway, isn't it amazing what a free haircut can do. I left the salon feeling better, had a spring in my step and just felt more positive.
Within an hour of leaving the salon I got a text off my landlord to say he was reducing the rent for being good tenants and then I got a phone call asking me to a job interview tomorrow, for actually a job I REALLY want. So fingers crossed.
I also took myself off to a park up the road from me today. The sun was shining and I got some writing done.
I'm making a channel on YouTube with comedy spoof clips, which I'll reveal all soon.
Monday, 7 September 2009
You probably all know how much I LOVE Victoria Wood, so I've been wanting to see this play for a while.
I'm not sure I'm a fan of TV/FILM things being made in to plays. But I've been happily surprised by Acorn Antiques the Musical and also Legally Blonde the musical!
I've not read any reviews on Dinnerladies yet, but anything Victoria Wood does is usually bloomin' good. I'll let you know.
Right, I've been applying for jobs all morning and now I'm getting my skates on to meet Luke in town for a writing session. We started writing our new play the other day and it's coming along well. I'm catching Luke whilst I can because he's off on tour for a couple of weeks.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
He has 25 kites in total, everything from stunt kites to regular diamond shaped kites. Mr Sally has enjoyed being part of the kite flying team over the summer too.
Anyway, we bought my dad this kite last week and it's just arrived for him. He's sooo excited.
This is AIR BEAR:
Not just a kite but a whole new game! Fly Air Bear as a kite for as long as you want - then slacken the line and he will release and come down like a parachute. Who can catch him first!
We were hoping he would have arrived last week when we were there, but never mind. I can't wait to see him in action.
Air Bear is from here - in my dad's opinion, the best kite company EVER.
Friday, 4 September 2009
Ooh, what a day. I've been applying for jobs ALL day. I even gave up a free ticket to a play I really want to see because I thought applying for jobs was more of a priority.
I've walked through the rain and the HUGE gusts of wind, it's been a ball.
I'm also selling my life on eBay!
Mr Sally seems keen on dragging me in to various places saying, 'Have you got any jobs for my woman!' It's getting a bit embarrassing. He means well though!
I have no other news, sorry it's all a bit boring at the moment - but you know how much I like a roller coaster.
Looking forward to what tomorrow brings me.
Thursday, 3 September 2009
My theatre school is in the early stages, so I need another wage coming in for a bit.
I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Apart from that Luke and I had a fabulous writing session today, we've finally met our new characters and have the beginning of what feels like a very special play.
So not all is bad. I'm clinging to the positives.
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
After watching Twilight last night, I am now in love. I loved the film by the way. Loved it.
I'm thinking of starting a fan club... I could make badges, t-shirts...
OK, sorry - I'll calm down now.
Monday, 31 August 2009
I've just informed the family we'll be having a film night. My choice of film wasn't met with as much enthusiasm as I was expecting... but never mind - I'm sure they'll love it.
I hope the film is as good as the book... I've heard good things, so we'll see.
Sunday, 30 August 2009
In Wales for the Bank Holiday weekend before we head back and prepare for the Autumn months.
I'm very busy with plans for the opening of my theatre school, play writing, sorting my book for my agent and of course my general theatre trips, not to mention counting pennies to see if we can get away for a sunny break in a few weeks and of course plans to move house next year.
It's all go.
But for now, for this minute at least I'm in Wales, pretending it's still summer and having a ball x
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Then I rushed to meet my friend Luke - who I'm co-writing a new play with. It was such a productive couple of hours, we were doing lots of character, plot, story work. We've gone through lots of ideas and themes and questioned everything we thought was good and now, well now I think we have the start of something really good and it already feels quite special. We're actually going to start writing it properly next week and I absolutely can't wait.
Keep you posted.
Then this girl appears in the changing room and she's soooo tall and has legs up to her eyelashes. She's obviously aware that she is soooo toned and flippin' perfect. Anyway, her choice of gym wear is HOT PANTS! WTF? She looked perfect in them though. Grrr. My navy tracky bottoms looked hideous in comparison.
So with new determination to get my body to be like the long legged girl's, I rush to my salsa dance class - not glancing in the mirror as I do because I don't look like the hot pants girl!
Anyway, it seems I'm the only one who wants to look like the hot pants girl as I'm the only one who turns up for the class... so they cancel it. Nooooo!
I try my best in the gym and go on a machine instead. Mr Sally sets me up on a running machine and he asks me how many calories I hope to burn. 'Err, one hundred?'
He types in my chosen number and off I go running. Two minutes later I'm STILL RUNNING. OMG - it's the most boring thing in the whole world. I can't run, drink water, change a track on the ipod at the same time... how do people do it?!
So I get to twenty four calories and switch the stop button. Well, twenty four is a good start. I try an exercise bike, but that's just as boring. So I go for a swim and then we go home.
What a waste of time, I hope the class is on next week.