Yes, Sod’s Law intervenes.
On Sunday night, straight after The Night Manager, I started to feel a bit queasy and .. well, I’ll spare you the details but it involved being sick. A lot. Through the night and the next morning.
So, Monday was a write-off (ha! No pun intended). I lay in bed/on the sofa, generally feeling sorry for myself and only managing to sip the odd bit of water.
Tuesday I felt a bit better but still light-headed and sicky and definitely not in the writing mood. I was hoping I’d be back to ‘normal’ by today and I am – almost – but that’s still over two writing days LOST. Aaagh. Very annoying. But it made me realise how much I take my health for granted. When you’re sick, it’s horrible, isn’t it?
Some things that have cheered me up:
1. Louise Doughty’s excellent thriller Apple Tree Yard which I wrote about here – is being made into a 4 part TV series by the BBC! Wheee! Something to fill the gap that Happy Valley and The Night Manager are leaving.
2. I got my annual payment from ALCS. And I actually tweeted them to say “Thank God for the ALCS #Skint #Writer.” If you have any articles or stories published in the UK, it’s really worth joining them.
3. The first trailer is out for the new Bridget Jones film which, you may remember, I spotted them making when I was in London last year. This may not be exciting for you but I love the books and the character and the only downside is that the film’s not coming out until September! I have just watched this trailer (warning: contains one F word!) and laughed my socks off. Ah, we’ve all still got it, even if Renee, Colin and Emma Thompson are all looking a bit more wrinkly than in the last film (actually Emma wasn’t in the last film, but you know what I mean).
4. I am still smiling about Jackie The Musical which I went to see last Friday in Coventry (and which was hopefully not the cause of my lurgie!). Very good. If you read Jackie, then I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll enjoy it.
5. This has cheered me up, not because I want to enter it myself but because I like it when I find a new, free-to-enter writing competition, so I am sharing it with you:
The Oxford Festival of the Arts are inviting entries to their ‘children’s’ writing competition – it can be a (max 1000 word) story either by a child OR for a child (ie: written by an adult) and the closing date is 29th April 2016. Read the rules here.
They are rather vague about the ‘prizes’ – and perhaps the glory and the chance to read out your work along with other winners and children’s authors, IS the prize?
6. We went on a narrowboat weekend a couple of weeks ago and, looking back, I did really enjoy it. Yes, even Coventry Canal (where we counted 3 shopping trollies in the water and went over a wheelie bin) but it was quite stressful. It would be fine if the canals were twice the width and there was no-one else on them but every time another boat came towards us – eeek, I panicked. Luckily, someone calm was at the helm!