I’m sitting in my ‘cave’, with all the doors and windows open, the dog lying next to me on the sofa (she’s allowed on it in here AS LONG AS she waits for me to put the blanket down) and about a million ladybirds crawling everywhere. Have you got them too?
Apparently, they’re searching for warm spots in which to hibernate! I’m not sure if that’s cute or creepy (crawly).
And talking of ‘Ladybirds’, do you remember ‘Play With Us’ (1a)? I think it was the first book I ever read. It’s certainly the first one I remember and as it’s aimed at 4 – 5 year olds, that’s probably about right. Ah, Peter and Jane and all that.
The second one – 1b – is here:
Of course, there’s a new range of ‘adult’ (not that kind of adult!) Ladybird books now, which are really good fun. (‘The Midlife Crisis’, ‘The People Next Door’, ‘The Hipster’ and so on – and they all use original Ladybird illustrations).
This time next week – all being well – I’ll be at Tŷ Newydd, which is the National Writing Centre of Wales – on a Writing Popular Fiction course led by Alison May and Janet Gover.
I am going with MY FRIEND CHRIS (who likes to get a mention) and I’m really looking forward to it! I’ll report back in full in the next post.
This course is full but if you want to see what else Alison is offering over the next 12 months, there are more details on her website. I really like her teaching style – it’s relaxed but informative. (Unlike a scary teacher that my friend recently encountered on her ‘Learn to Play Bridge’ course, who asked someone, ‘Are you completely stupid?’).
Funnily enough, in my post of exactly a year ago today (10th October 2017), I was blogging about a weekend writing retreat I’d just been on, led by.. you’ve guessed it – Alison and Janet.
I’d also been for a boozy tour of the Cotswold Distillery but that’s not happened today. In fact, in complete contrast, I have been to Pilates. My body is a temple and all that.
And there’s just time to remind you that the month-long torture that is NaNoWriMo starts in about 3 weeks’ time. I think I might do it again this year. Anyone else?