New project

My son suggested I turn “A Lesson for the Teacher” into a play. I have never written a play but it would be an interesting experiment. I already know what the characters are like but when I began to imagine the sets I found I would have to cut out a great deal of the story. It would be easy as a film but much harder as a stage play. Still, I’m not writing anything else at present so I’ll have a go.

Act 1. Scene 1.( Front of curtain) ¬†Two girls. one combing her hair, the other jigging about to pop music.Girl 3 runs in……

( Going away to write dialogue)


Theatre review

Saw an excellent production of ‘Les Miserables’ (without music) yesterday by Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club.This was the Jonathan Holloway version with a most adaptable set and a skilled cast. I was especially impressed with Eponine and those cast members who took on more than one part and managed to look and sound different each time. There aren’t many actors who would attempt four characters in one play. Congratulations to the whole company.

There’s something special about amateur dramatics. I remember the time I appeared in a play for a festival. I was supposed to be a queen but the adjudicator said I walked as if I was off to a hockey match! Oh dear ( We didn’t win) My ¬†favourite performances were in Shakespeare at school, where I always had to play a man as it was a girl’s school. I even had to have fencing lessons for one production. Time to get back to reality. J.

Computer question

I have started posting on twitter but am confused by the short urls that many people put at the end of their posts. These direct us to websites . I don’t know if I should try to send people here or to my other websites or just not bother to link at all.I wouldn’t know how to start anyway. Any suggestions?

The results of one competition came out this week and I didn’t get a mention but I did spend the vouchers I got for my published letter this morning, on a pen refill and a 2017 diary. I was searching for decorations for a hat, without success. Our chairwoman at Friendship Centre is arranging an Old time Music Hall event next year – with hats!

Booked to see Les Miserables in Ewell on Saturday. All good fun!

Will it help sales?

Very exciting times with today the last day of a free promotion of “A Lesson for the Teacher” on kindle -something that I didn’t know was possible until last week. I had a lot of queries from fellow writers who did not think any work should be given away free but advice on twitter was that it helped to promote the book and led to sales. I wonder.

I wasn’t sure about twitter but as I did not want to spend time on facebook I gave it a try and find tweeting short sentences quite fun, especially when I get a reply.There’s plenty of advice for writers, too. It just takes time to find what is useful.

Now to try to get photos from my phone to here. This is the season for learning more about the computer!


Where do you get your ideas from? ( Or – from where do you get your ideas?) I began to think about this as I settled on a subject for my next short story.

All my books had news items as the trigger .Lane’s End had the treatment of people with learning difficulties, Un-Stable Lane had the floods, The Third Lane had soldiers coming back from the war, Never Run Away had redundancy and Never Pretend had crime and the use of local news TV stations.It is only A Lesson for the Teacher that is not relevant today because that has echoes of my past.

It is quite likely I may go quiet for a few days now I have some inspiration. I wrote a poem but it needs editing before I enter it for a competition.

Charity folk gig

A Great gig at Arundel last night with Jusgeoff, Phil and Jane, Jo and Graham and the Greenhill Boys. The charities they were collecting for were Paws animal sanctuary, Parkinson’s UK and Chestnut Tree House, the local children’s hospice.

The football club makes a super venue for folk evenings and is well supported by folk from Woodies, which we attend regularly. Don’t let anyone tell you live folk is dead and buried. It is thriving in West Sussex.

I am busy searching for lost poetry books as I may be reading poems in care homes soon. I had all the old familiar ones when I was a child but I’m not sure where they are now – probably up in the loft with the rest of my books! Still. it gets the bookshelves dusted.

Right click

Just to explain why I was so happy to be able to put clipart on line. I haven’t used the right mouse button for twenty years and am only now beginning to discover its uses.

I am so impressed by the photos on this site but don’t use a camera that takes pictures. Now you see what an old fogey I am.I am trying to get up to date but its a hard slog.

I got so fed up with having nothing to write about but I have the glimmering of an idea. It is for children and will need a great illustrator. Luckily I know one who would be ideal.

Time will tell.