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.