next big thing

A very long time ago, Helen from at least I have a brain tagged me to participate in a meme. I don’t always do these, but this one caught my imagination. Of course, it’s meant to be for writers and I don’t yet see myself as a writer. Isobel tells me I am, and I’ve started to consider maybe doing a creative writing course/ workshop/ something, so it’s a work in progress.

Maybe this is a first step…

What is my next big thing?

My blogging is blurty. Whatever’s in my head comes out. I do edit, for typos and rephrasing, but mostly the post is published pretty much as it first appeared on screen. That gives the honesty, emotion and enthusiasm that you sometimes see, but it’s rough. I’d like to learn more about the skill of writing, even if my focus is still on me and my world.

Eventually, I’d like to use writing some way. Pseu, recently retired from this bloggy parish, told me about therapeutic writing with palliative care. Helping people tell their stories, to ‘put the drawer in order’ would be a remarkable thing.

What is the working title for your book?

Until I Do Something Else

Where did the idea come from for your book/ blog?

I’m a reader. I started to read blogs and realised the power of connection, of sharing. The blog is personal, because there is enormous value in clearing my head.

What genre does your book/ blog fall under?

Despite the references to loss and rebuilding, this is not self help/ misery lit or even middle aged woman finding value in challenge… If anything, I’m aiming for real life, but emphasising the ridiculous.

A mash up of Christopher Brookmyre, Marian Keyes and Iona Heath, perhaps.

Which actors would you choose for a movie rendition of your book/ blog?

Spurs Fan will be played by Liam Neeson. You needed to ask?

Jane Fonda- Herself

Jane Fonda

Ian McElhinney– Handsome Husband

Any of the girls from Matilda

Patrick Dempsey may seem an unlikely choice to play the Brother (the hair issue), but he’s got a similar dancey eye vibe.

President Bartlet (I’m sure he’s real) will make guest appearances as the old man.

Pres Bartlet

Eddie can play dumb and be Jake.


Grandad will be John Thaw and Nana will be Michelle Dotrice. Arty Lady will be played to great effect by Gemma Arterton– if she can cope with Bond, she can cope with the McSpecs.

Pardon? Oh yes, well, I’m not actually going to let anyone else snuggle up to Liam am I? I’m being me.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book/ blog?

Life: a new handbag always helps.

How long did it take you to write the first draft?

I’m still working on it.

What other books would you compare yours to?

Clare Balding’s My Animals and Other Family and Lisa Lynch’s The Big C– they both have humanity, humour and honesty. Telling it like it is- real lives and everywomen, despite lifestyles wildly different from mine.

Who or what inspired you to write this book/ blog?

Time and trauma.

Rubbing expensive handcream into my mother’s feet in her last days and wondering how I’d tell that tale…

What else about your book might pique your readers’ interest?

You mean, glamour, tears, handbags and Liam Neeson aren’t enough?

When and how will it be published?

Here and now. Sign up for email updates: like Dickens, I’m serialising.



I’m not tagging anyone; play along if you feel like it.


25 thoughts on “next big thing

  1. Liam Neeson, John Thaw and Michelle Dotrice fit perfectly. Of course there would be no show without punch, so you would have to be yourself… in the boots!

  2. You had me at Liam Neeson! I’d buy it. I also identify with your thoughts of moving to the next step. I too don’t see myself as a writer… But I aspire to be. I’m also considering a creative writing workshop or course, possibly when the littlest heads to nursery school in September….

  3. I look forward to reading it, and enjoying all those anecdotes/ insights/ personal revelations. And finding out which handbag helped the most.

    1. I couldn’t be bothered with handbags at all until I was in my mid 20s- I had pockets. Then the training kicked in and I began to turn into my mother…

      1. I love the blurb. Life a new handbag helps! Brilliant! Writing courses etc.. Great way to meet other writers and get ideas! Same with blogging! I love reading my fellow bloggers posts..and getting to know the meanwhile. Need to check my handbag supply!

  4. Of COURSE you’re a writer! Where have you been?!

    As a means to believing the words “I am a writer,” first believe US, then practice saying those words–whenever you post, whenever you’re composing a post, and whenever you see something that makes you immediately begin to form connected sentences in your head!

    Now’s a good moment to start. Go on… !! Waiting…

    Laurel says you’re a writer, too. So there.

    Thank you for inviting Jed Bartlett. I’ve missed him so keenly over here. I loved it when his wife had him taking something called “euthanasia.” That’s the only thing we call echinacea now…

    1. Thank you Laurel. This comment makes me smile 🙂 I am a writer. I am. Sort of…
      I love Jed. The only problem is that I can’t watch him one episode at a time; I have to watch the whole thing, all the way through. If I vanish for months, you’ll know what I’m up to!

      1. You’ll get there! You should have seen the painful gyrations in my face whenever I was trying to say “I am an artist.” yeesh!

        Jed gave me hope during a time in this country when I wanted to deny my citizenship.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. It took me ages to get past the ‘writer’ thing, and then life took over for a bit. By the time I came back to it, it felt straightforward. Maybe I’m beginning to believe!

  5. You, my dear, are a writer! Have you ever read any Anne Lamott? if not, get a copy of Traveling Mercies. You really remind me of her. She’s one of my favorites and I go see her at book signings whenever I can–I just really like her. I’m glad you shared so openly. It was fun to read.

    1. Thank you, Debra, I’ve just ordered that. I’ve never read any of her stuff, but keep seeing her referred to, so you’ve given the spur I need 🙂

  6. I popped into Waterson’s to let them know that should this book ever arrive, the first copy must unfailingly be mine.
    They are used to my eccentricities.
    They’lll laugh on the other side of their faces when it arrives.

    1. Oh, I am looking forward to the book signing tour. You in a red coat, smelly Mac, and the county set in an orderly queue. Could you bring along an oligarch or two?

      1. And then on to South Africa, where we will welcome you with drums (and hopefully NOT Vuvuzelas) take you to the bush and let you UNWIND from the stresses of a tour

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