Use my notebook! The one beside my bed. I keep it open with a pen right next to it, but what do I do when inspiration strikes in the middle of the night – I think, “Oh, I’ll remember it in the morning.”
I never do. I think we’ve been through this before, so now I’m repeating myself - sorry.
It is tricky to reach it with Indy snuggled up next to me and I don’t like to disturb him. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
But things that seem like a good idea for a story or a blog at four in the morning usually aren’t. So I’ll spare you the bits I do remember, particularly the one about the catchphrases of the various birds in the dawn chorus.
I’ll also spare you my planned rant about the new recycling system our local council has put in place this week. A new system which appears to mean more waste going into “normal” waste and less going to be recycled, but with the addition of two new (very small) recycling boxes and a fancy new dustcart that the dustmen seem very unwilling to use if the amount of stuff left behind is anything to go by.
But I said I was going to spare you so I’ll shut up. I won’t tell you about the annoying huge yellow stickers they bung on everything with boxes ticked as to why they didn’t take it or about the man, when tackled about why he’d stickered a plastics box, who shrugged and said “Don’t ask me, I’m on food waste.” Hm.
Anyone seen any of the Playhouse series on Sky Arts 1 HD? I love them! Half hour well-crafted and thought provoking stories. Sheila Hancock is brilliant in hers. Well they all are. Bring back more of this kind of thing I say!
Speaking of Playhouse, I bought my Jubilee copy of My Weekly today and was thrilled to see a story by Rosemary Timperley in there. It took all my willpower not to sit down and get stuck in. Rosemary Timperley was a huge influence on me when I had my early writerly stirrings.
She was an extremely prolific writer of novels, short stories and articles and she once said that she lived very much in her own mind. Well we know that feeling don’t we?
And the Playhouse connection? One of her stories was turned into play for the ITV Playhouse in 1960 and starred June Brown, Phyllida Law and Hugh Burden.
I hardly dare say this, but you can see blue sky out there and it’s been visible for most of the day and it hasn’t rained! And yes, I’ve had a glass of wine – well it is Friday.
Happy weekend – and I hope the skies stay blue for you.