First things first – Daisy’s scan revealed she’s not got any little ‘labradunno’s’ inside her belly, thank goodness! I’ve got to say I’m a bit relieved, much as I love puppies. Apparently it’s all to do with her hormones so another visit on Friday 25th will help sort it out, phew!
The fence is being rebuilt this week, so hopefully no more escapades or mischief. The scan meant she had a little shave of her belly so she looks very strange underneath now – serves the mutt right! Lol
Secondly, sticking with dogs for the moment, I’ve got to show you this clip I saw on YouTube – the funniest bulldog ever! It’s doing the rounds on email at the mo. My brother David’s got a funny bulldog, so he’d love it.
Thirdly, I loved the writing course at the weekend – ‘Get Writing 2011’ in St Albans. It was nice to have Friday and Saturday off work too – makes a change! These courses are a true hobby for me – it always really re-energises my creative juices and means I catch up with my lovely pals!
Here we are with Sue Cook, the broadcaster and author, host of BBC radio’s The Write Lines (@TheWriteLines on Twitter). She gave us the low down on her own journey from researcher at Capital Radio to broadcaster then novelist and screenwriter.
My Tuscany writing posse Litty, Carolyn and Alix and I all enjoyed meeting her and had a fab time listening to publishers and authors and even the WH Smiths buyer for airports and travel outlets, telling us how best to approach writing a successful novel.
My successful 'pitch session'
The highlight for me was a three minute ‘pitch session’ when I got the opportunity to pitch my idea for my romance to the marketing director of independent publisher of commercial women’s fiction, Choc-Lit.
I’m delighted to say she asked me to submit it once it’s finished – yay! So now the countdown’s on to get my SFD finished. And hopefully it won’t be too ‘S’! (Contact me on Facebook to find out what SFD stands for, or ask any author!).
Choc Lit also provided an impressive keynote session where thier top author Sue Moorcroft told us her story, and it turns out her first novel from this small publisher made it to top spot in the WH Smiths guy’s list, so they are on the up.
My next course is in York at the end of March. Just search ‘Writers Workshop York’ if you’re interested too. If only you could get a best-selling book published by just attending enough courses.
Reliving childhood memories
Lastly, nostalgia has been the order of the week – replaying old kids’ TV theme tunes on YouTube. Loads of them! When the girls were here staying with me for the writing course, Litty and I played ‘guess the programme’. How many can you remember? These are just a few of my faves. Just search for these show titles on YouTube and add the word ‘theme’ and feel the memories come flooding back!
Favourite theme tunes:
• Double Deckers – one of the best shows ever!
• Robinson Crusoe – oh sooooo many school holidays spent in front of THIS one with my three brothers and sister!
• White Horses – fab fab fab song! Weird lip-synching.
• Lost in Space – never fear, Smith is here!
• Time Tunnel – loved the Titanic episode.
• The Tomorrow People – sci-fi ahead of its time. I later went out with a guy who had been a child actor in that one. I always remember the ‘what happened if the Roman Empire never fell’ storyline!
• Closing titles of Stingray – I wanted to BE Aqua-Marina! Lol
• Rupert the Bear by Jackie Lee – we had the 45rpm single of Rupert.
Now here’s a conundrum you might be able to help me with. In the dim and distant depths of my memory, I thought there was a version of Winnie the Pooh tune on the back of the Rupert single. But Jackie Lee kindly replied to me on YouTube to say it wasn’t that at all, bless her – it was a B side called ‘Going to the Circus’. Ahhh! I remember that now, but it means I don’t have any idea who sang the Winnie the Pooh song we had on a record when we were kids.
It’s not any of the versions currently on YouTube, not that I’ve found so far anyway. So if you can help me with my quandary that’d be great! By the way, it wasn’t the orchestral, choral style version, it was a quirky version with what sounded like a comedy voice singing the pooh lines! Leave a comment if you know.
Try it For the First Time club
Must think of my ‘TiFFT’ for this month too – could choose one from my hol, or do you have any suggestions for what I can do for the ‘Try it For the First Time club’?
It could be planting my Today’s Special Value magnolias perhaps? Although that’s a bit of a cop out – even though it would be a proper first for me to do it right for a change! Mind you, I’ve got a little cheat lined up for when my set of three bare roots arrive – I can watch Richard’s tips! By the way, I bought the TSV magnolia's using the new iPhone app. I was so impressed with as it took seconds to purchase, even quicker than QCut and there were no phone charges! Give it a try and let me know how you get on.
I posted on YouTube a bit of our gardening expert Richard Jackson’s show with Craig from Wednesday afternoon. Here it is if you need help too. Don’t forget the ericaceous soil! Only problem is it costs a lot of money to keep buying those pots to break up to put in the bottom as per Richards advice! Hehe!
Next week, Daisy’s sister Gracie the puppy dog goes swimming! Jill Franks told me about her bulldog having hip dysplasia and how hydrotherapy has helped him. So hopefully I’ll have a hilarious clip for you to see on next week’s blog!
P.S. I’ve also left some new replies to your comments on previous blogs, and on the main blog (where the monkey names ones are). Oh and on the comments section found when you click ‘read full biography’. Best to leave any new general queries on the ‘main’ blog though.