Thursday, 25 October 2012

The Next Big Thing! Who Me? I just wish.....:-)

Thanks to Paula for tagging me in The Next Big Thing thingy. 

What is the working title of your next book?

‘Message in a bottle.’

Where did the idea come from for the book?

It’s a true story that needs to be told.

What genre does your book fall under?

Ludicrously unlikley autobiographical adventure.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Not sure as I'm hopeless with names of actors.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

A chance to make a survival film exploring the desert island dream turns into a nightmare as my 'Robinson Crusoe' fantasies clash with my teenage companion’s wish to live out the ‘Blue Lagoon’.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

Agency I hope ...

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?


What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The kind of book where a woman crosses the desert with just a camel for company. Dervla Murphy comes to mind.

Who or what inspired you to write the book?

My dear friends who believe the story is still worth telling after all this time.

What else about your book might pique the readers interest?

This is not just a story of desert island discord, spider infested jungles and lack of protein. This is a story of overcoming grief, finding life purpose and wondering whether my boyfriend will wait for me.

Anything else?

So far, this story has been told by the tabloids and my companion (channel five documentary). Now it’s time for me to stuff my experience in a bottle and throw it on the ocean. One day I hope an agent will pick up the bottle and represent me. One day I hope readers will join me on that rat infested, haunted isle and find humour and resilience lurking in the jungle.

Now to chose someone else, well, five.


Monday, 15 October 2012

Sweet Things

Thanks to Keith ... Dream it then Do it ...
for the cake award.

I humbly accept his quest which is to answer the following questions.

1 Cookies or Cake?
Cake definately. Cookies are nice on the eye but sickly in the tum, whereas even if you're on an elimination diet (as I am at the moment) you can still enjoy cake. It's just they look rather wholesome now, in a carroty way, as opposed to my ganache covered delights of yore.

2 Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate every time, I love the theobromine ... though I won't shout at anyone who brings me anything vanilla flavoured.

3 What is your favourite sweet treat?
At the moment it has to be my recently discovered vegan, gluten free carrot cake.

4 When do you crave sweet things the most?
When the shops have shut and it's impossible to get any.

5 If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?
Erm ... My first love still calls me Sweetie Pie which I like, it makes me smile.

I'm handing this award now to Alysn in thanks for supporting my creativity. Alysn, if you want to accept this, please copy the photo at the top of your answers to the syrupy questions.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Jolt of realisation

During one of those very late at night, Thinking about Big Things moments, I had a jolt of realisation that my trip to Devon really is happening.

For those of you who think nothing of a 'quick trip abroad' or 'nipping down to Devon for a holiday' or even a night out in the next town, it may be hard to imagine how epic this plan of mine is.

My neuro disability is so painful that I'm scared of the journey, yet I want with all my heart and soul to 'go home.'

Assuming I can do it at all, it will be one way, as there's no way I'm putting myself through a return journey.

There are two things happening this coming week. First a test drive of Bertie, the new (very very old VW polo)
If I can only drive for ten minutes I know should live near Exeter. If I can do fifteen, then I can go to the town where I used to live, where I have friends.

Then, next weekend I'm attempting the first train trip experiment. 11 minutes there, stay over and 11 minutes back. If that's OK I'll be on to the next phase of testing.