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Sunday, 29 November 2009

Oreo Milkshakes!

Mr Sally and I have had a lovely day today. We started with a meal in GBK and OMG - I discovered Oreo milkshakes. Flippin' heck, they're amazing.
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

Work In Progress

WIP
Book: A GUY CALLED PIG
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!
Play: JUMBLE
A quarter way through. Needs to be done by December as I'm producing it in Feb!
Play: (Secret Title)
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!
Err, that's about it for now. Enough to keep me busy though! I have more things in the pipeline though for next year, and can't wait.

Bad Friend

I've been such a bad friend lately. I just haven't got a second to myself. I've got two jobs, teaching comedy in schools, running my theatre school and writing - I haven't had a second to breathe.
It's no excuse though.
I've sent my best friend, Leah so many messages saying I'll call her on the weekend - then the weekend comes and goes in a whirlwind and before I know it, it's Monday and I've not called her.

My friends are very understanding, but I'm feeling frustrated with myself at the moment.
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.'
'Err, no we haven't. I'm meeting Luke.'

THANKFULLY he's very understanding. I've suggested we go out for a drink after teaching.

Everything is a whirlwind at the moment and I'm so tired. My adult drama have their play next week, which is going to be fab, but it's going to be a long week.
I'm that tired, I've got the morning off today and Mr Sally said he'd take me in to town to treat me to something nice and I said no! Is it wrong to just want to sit on the couch with a hot cup of tea instead?!

I need to get a grip!
And I'll make it up to everyone once the play is over next week.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Blood, Sweat and Almost Tears!

Had the best time away in Wales. Nice to have a break with Mr Sally and soooo nice to see my family and my cats.

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!
Phew!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

WorkWorkWork!

workworkworkworkworkworkworkworkworkworkworkworkworkworkworkworkworkworkwork....
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.)
Can't wait.

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

Cables

I woke up to an email off my boss saying I didn't have to work at the theatre tonight. I'm off from my other job today, so it's nice to suddenly have an unexpected day off.

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

Jumble

I've been writing my next play JUMBLE since the summer. I've put it to one side for a bit and I'm concentrating on my book etc.

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.

Day Off - Kind Of!

Day off today (kind of), I'm working in my friends comedy after school club later. She's paying me to co teach a comedy class to children for an hour tonight. Looking forward to it.
I slept well last night, but had to drive Mr S to work as I need the car to get to the school I'm teaching at later. So had to get up around 8am anyway. Much better than 5am!

What else is new?

Err, I'm one chapter in to New Moon. I really want to read it before I see the film, but can't wait to see the film. So I'm going to be on a reading frenzy this week.

Oh, let me also update you about the ghost in the theatre where I work. Just before my shift last week, my two friends Paul and Nathan were teasing me on Facebook as they've both watched the Most Haunted programme on it.
Paul said, 'Best not mention flowers to Sally.'
Then Nathan said, 'Lilly loves her lilie's! Are there any lilie's in the bar?'
'Noooo.' I said and threatened to delete the pair of them if they didn't stop.

So that night, feeling scared anyway I went to open the bar up and walked in, switched the lights on and guess what? Lillie's in vases everywhere. I could have died.
I'm pleased to announce nothing happened to me, but I was so scared for the rest of the shift.
My mum and dad decided to watch the clip this week and my mum said last night, 'Well, we only watched five mins of it.'
'Why only five mins?'
'Err, well - I didn't like what they were saying and I know you've got to work there, so I switched it off.'

GREAT.

I told her about the Lilly story and she said, 'Oh yes, love. She hates white lilies.'
'They had white ones in the bar.'
'Yes, they said she's been known to throw them across the room.'

Honestly, I'm scared to death. Eeeek. This proves though how much I LOVE this theatre because any other bar and I'd have handed in my notice!
Oh, my mum also said, 'Maybe the ghost of Lilly will like you.'
Am I too old to phone childline?

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

The Real World




This is where I now work, (although that isn't me in the picture!)
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.
Well, Monday and today I have been in work for 7am. Yes, you read that right.
I have had to set my alarm clock for 5am and I've been that tired I actually couldn't bring myself to have a shower with the bathroom light on, so showered in the dark with the hall light shining in.
My body hates me and is still in complete shock.
I've had to learn names of their different meats and cheeses. I've had tasting sessions too.
Today I learnt how to be a Barista. It went fine until I dropped a piping hot black coffee on my hand (my writing hand!) Oh, and then I put the same hand under the boiling hot water pipe, then I shoved the same hand in a sink of boiling hot water. Wonderful.
This post might sound like I'm moaning, I'm not actually.
The job is great. Everyone has been lovely to me and the guy who is training me has been amazing.
Mr Sally's theatre is accross the way from me too. I've had a daily visit from him (and a few other theatre people) buying coffee, although when I showed him all the paninis I made, he announced very loudly, 'You can't have done all them. You never cook at home. Are they pre packed ones?'
The cheeky s**t! I think I need to get him barred!

And, when we have a break, we're allowed to go to the kitchen and ask for anything cooked for us.
I'm enjoying it, I just need to get my body used to these early morning starts.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

First Day Pass

I passed my trial at new job and they have given me full time hours. I'm soooo happy. Finally, I may actually be able to pay my bills with ease and perhaps I can now embrace all thoughts of Christmas!

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

Exposure!

Theatre trailer coming soon!

Reading

Just finished reading Good Girls by Laura Ruby. I read it so quickly this week, it was fabulous. I even shed a little tear at the end.

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

Light!

What a stressful, stressful time. I've been doing a million jobs and not getting much money in return. My theatre job is fab, but it's monthly pay and don't get my first pay until the end of this month.
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.
Phew x

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Ghosts

Do you believe in ghosts?
I do.

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.'
'Pardon?'
'Haven't you seen the Most Haunted show they did here?'
'Err, nope.'
'Apparently that bar is the most haunted part of the theatre.'

Oh, wonderful.

'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?!
Thanks Paul!

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! **

Awww!


I've not been well this week and I've been down in the dumps about a lot of things... I'm not going to blog about it though.

Anyway, I've not been sleeping very well either and keep having horrible dreams.
Last night I dreamt Mr Sally really upset me and I had no option but to dump him and I was soooo upset. Then I had a baby with David Tennant, so it was OK! But, I woke up and told Mr Sally how he was really horrible to me in my dream - blah, blah, blah.

He went to the shops this morning to get some bits and came back with a bunch of flowers.
'Sorry for upsetting you in your dream,' he said.

Awww!
He's doing OK with at this relationship malarkey at the moment!
x

Discovering Fab Authors

I stumbled upon the site of author Laura Ruby the other day. I have no idea why I haven't heard of her until now. Anyway, her books all look fab. And I loved the sound of her teen books.

This has just arrived through my letterbox this morning. I'm on chapter two already and I'm loving it so far.

I love discovering new and fabulous authors.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Honk-Honk-Beep-Beep!


Mr Sally has just made my week by insuring me on his car!
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!
Public transport has been fine and I've done loads of walking too and sometimes the train/tram is a cheaper and quicker option. But I've missed popping to the shops on the weekend and if I'm on my own only being able to buy what I can carry.
It'll just be nice to have the option of driving. Plus, Mr Sally has been taking me to places like teaching early on Saturday mornings and now, I can just leave him in bed and drive off.
Oh, I'm so excited!
Mr Sally is wonderful.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

NaNo Day 8

A Guy Called Pig is really coming along now.
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

Drama!

My adult drama class is ace. Last night a few of them turned up to rehearse in costume. They're so fab, I have a lot of love in my heart for this class. Rehearsals for EXPOSURE! went well. We open in a month and tickets went on sale yesterday, eep!

The theatre I use is nice, but it's a co-op with flats behind and the people who live in the flats run the offices etc. So last night (and the week before), our rehearsal was disturbed by kids kicking the doors. Last night they were in the theatre on the balcony switching our lights off and shouting things like, 'Lick my yellow bum!'

It's so frustrating for the class because we've got so much to do before we open and it's their first play and so they need to concentrate.
ALSO
I can't have that happening when there is a performance on. It's not fair on any performer to have that and especially not a group of performers who are going to be stressed enough by performance nerves. Plus, I'm not having a group of kids ruin all the hard work this group have done.
I don't see how the theatre can control it as there are no locks on the doors.
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.

Oh, isn't there always a drama whenever I'm producing a play? Lovely this time around that the drama is off stage rather than with a cast member!
Here is a pic of a rehearsal shot. I took this last week and forgot to use my camera last night to capture the fab costumes.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Nano Day 5

Right, so yesterday was a complete and utter write off! Damn. And it was bugging me because I'd left Pig and Audrey in the woods, he'd just kissed her. Eeek!

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.

Dark Cloud

I didn't blog, tweet, or do any social networking yesterday. I got out of bed on the wrong side, I don't know why or what was wrong. I did have some horrible news about two people I know, separate things, but both got me down and I just argued with Mr Sally all day. Poor thing, he was a bit like 'What have I done?'
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

Nano Update

Writing at my desk at 10:00am.
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

Progress

I have been productive today. Sat at my desk at 9:00am. Did some admin things I needed to do and then time to write some words for A GUY CALLED PIG.
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

Proud

Today I wrote the words 'THE END' at the bottom of my play.
A proud feeling.
Cast have messaged to say they love it. Phew. I love it too!


Right, NaNoWriMo - I'm ready for you! x
 
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