Some random thoughts not big enough to create a whole post about.
- Boy Lacer – Mr. Lacer and Girl Lacer are spending the weekend camping, leaving me and Boy Lacer at home. I’m loving having the mummy-son time, he really is turning into the cutest little boy. His walking (or should I say attempts to walk) are really improving and he’s started giving everything a running one word commentary if he sees something that he knows the word for, it’s really sweet. He really surprised me this morning, I dressed him in a red t-shirt, just after I put it on him, he reached over to his sleeve so that he could see it and said “red”, that’s a first for him, really didn’t think he knew any colours yet!
- Buses – So me and Boy Lacer are left to have fun together. Unfortunately for poor Boy Lacer my definition of fun is going to be different than his, specially when I’d just received an e-mail from Boden saying they’d opened a new shop near me, well I had to go didn’t it. I’d never been to this particular town before, so I checked the route on journey planner, just over an hour, not too bad when shopping is involved, so me and Boy Lacer set off on our little adventure this morning, I always like going to new places, even if it’s just to visit a shop. I eventually found the right bus stop in town to catch the bus after much wandering as I had a bit of a duh moment concerning journey planner. Journey planner had told me the bus stop was near at K……. station, I in a purely bus state of mind assumed this meant bus station, so wandered round K’s 3 bus stations wondering where the hell was this bus stop. Then the penny dropped it was actually the train station. Anyway once I’d eventually found the bus stop (Boy Lacer must of thought mummy had lost it), I checked the bus schedule and then had the jaw dropping realisation that the bus only turned up once every 60 minutes! Sorry but I’m too much of a city girl (the shop I wanted to go to was just outside the city), I’m used to my buses theoretically at least turning up every 8 minutes. It didn’t even say exactly when this bus was going to turn up and I knew Boy Lacer was not going to thank me for hanging around a bus stop for 60 minutes, so on to plan B, Boy Lacer’s idea of fun which was a play cafe.
- Books - you may recall (or probably won’t) that I brought a book called ‘The End of Mr Y’ by Scarlett Thomas, I was reading it whilst on holiday at my dad’s. I got about 2/3 of the way through and subsquently lost it, I suspect in Northampton (don’t ask), so I hope someone somewhere is enjoying it because it’s a bloody good book and I can’t face not knowing how it ends so I’ve just gone out and brought my second copy. Me going into a bookshop, specially without Girl Lacer to distract me and drag me to the Charlie and Lola section is pretty fatal (although Boy Lacer was trying his best I think and will be equally distracting when he learns to walk and talk). So I also came away with Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips, a story about Greek Gods living in 21st century North London, Aphrodite is a telephone sex operator, Apollo is a TV psychic, you get the drift, it looks really funny. Also because I’m an advertiser’s wet dream, I’ve been suckered after all the phone booth ads into buying Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman, a super hero novel, I think I must of been watching too much Heroes already. I did buy one other book, which I’ll tell you about in a minute.
I am ‘meant’ to be reading kids books considering I want to be a childrens writer but I’ve been reading kids books pretty consistently for about a year now and I’m rebelling now, want to read some adult stuff, however maybe reading about Greek Gods and Super Heroes is not that ‘adult’, anyway I think these days particulary for the age group I want to write for (older children) the line between kid and adult fiction is blurring. I half remember another interview with Phillip Pullman, where I believe (may be totally wrong) that he said he didn’t write for children, he just wrote books or something along those lines anyway and I like that principal.
Embroidery – you may of noticed I’ve been doing the encyclopedia of me meme started off by Bella Dia. Bella Dia’s site is incredibly pretty, she does embroidery and I was incredibly taken with this picture
Picture from Bella Dia’s site
Isn’t it beautiful? I’ve been curious about embroidery but have always been put off by fuddy duddy designs but there’s nothing fuddy duddy about that. I like how she calls it doodling, it sounds a lot more fun than sticking to a pre-drawn idea. So it’s inspired me (or maybe I’m looking for more excuses not to write, more on that in a minute) but I brought an embroidery book in town today as well. My sister actually brought me some embroidery stuff a Christmas or two ago, so might as well use it, I’ll let you know how it goes.
Writing – not that anyone would of noticed but my word count meter for my Egypt story has actually gone backwards. I hadn’t worked on it for a while, for one excuse or another and when I did discovered that about the last 600 words I’d written hadn’t saved, so I had to rewrite that chapter and consquently it’s now 200 words shorter. The writing is not going well, I’m trying to be ‘business like’ about the writing and consquently I can feel it turning into something ‘I have to do’ which of course is making me not want to do it. It’s also the old fear that whilst I don’t write but dream about writing then in my head my writing is good, but when it’s down on paper, then it could well be another matter.