Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Some things don’t change

We got home from our hols on Friday night and the garden had gone wild, so on Saturday and Sunday I worked hard at taming it.

When I woke up yesterday after nine hours sleep I was still so exhausted that I stayed in bed all morning. (It was raining, anyway – which may not matter to you, but it does to me.) And I wrote. I nailed episode 3.  It now has an exciting new plot point and it also has a stonking cliffhanger at the end. Whoop, whoop! I LOVE screenwriting.

This morning I was stuck for something to blog about so I looked at some of my earlier posts from way way back, and found one from 6 years ago, almost to the day, that went like this….

I recently met a farmer's wife at a party, and she was asking about my writing schedule, and I was telling her that I sometimes sit in bed all morning, writing on my laptop, and that if someone calls at noon, say, and I answer the door in my pyjamas, I feel as if I ought to tell them - ‘I've been up since half past six - working, and I am still working.’

She looked shocked at this and said ‘You don't look like someone who spends all day in bed.’

And I felt that she really hadn't got the idea that writing is work - and that where you do it doesn't matter....writing on a laptop is WORK.

(Here I have to confess that I love screenwriting so much that it doesn’t feel like work.)

Anyway….as I don’t want to give you a picture of me writing in bed, here is one of Tate, who had his birthday at the weekend.

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Zoë trawled the internet and found him an archaeological dig to go on for his birthday treat – well done, Zoë.

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Gil joined in too.

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Afterthought: 

You know your grandchildren are growing up when you ring them at half past seven in the morning to wish them Happy Birthday and their nine-year-old brother takes the phone and says the birthday boy will ring you back because he is currently engrossed in a Minecraft move and can’t be disturbed.

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