At the weekend, I nearly saw Michael Buble.
I was in Birmingham to see the stage production of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ (very good and recommended – and it’s on tour from London).
Before the play, we indulged in a little retail therapy in the Bullring and then we went to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant.
And then, what did I read the next day in the Birmingham Mail? Michael Buble had also been in the Bullring AND in Jamie’s restaurant! Perhaps he was sitting on the next table….
As writers, thinking about the things that we – and our characters – nearly do or say or experience, is an interesting idea.
The fabulous poet Jo Bell has written a whole post about it here on her blog ’52’ that encourages us all to write a poem a week. But even if you’re not into poetry, I’m sure you’ll find it inspiring.
I dare you not to read one of the poems she features in this ‘So Near And Yet…’ post – The Race, by Sharon Olds – without your heart in your mouth.
Here are some of my ‘nearlies’ – some from the weekend, some a bit more ‘life-changing’:
* I nearly won £1000 in a short story competition. I came second and got nothing. (Yes, I know, I’ve mentioned that before. I’m not bitter or anything).
* I nearly got us really good seats for ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ but clearly I was looking at the stage plan back-to-front. Instead of 6 rows from the front, we were 6 rows from the back!
* I nearly posted Michael Buble’s selfie from the Bullring but I thought he might sue me.
* We nearly missed the 10.18 train home from Moor Street but, thanks to a kind policeman, who directed us, some FAST RUNNING and a slightly delayed train, we made it. If we’d missed it, we’d have had a 1 hour 20 minute wait for the next one.
* I nearly went to a different university, met different people, had a different life.
* I nearly, once, went on an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa with an ex.
* I nearly picked a different puppy from Bonnie’s litter…(that one kills me).
What are your ‘nearlies’? Could you write about them?