Being the school holidays I’ve had time on my hands to do a little thinking about this here little blog of mine. One of the things you do as a blogger is read other people’s blogs and when I do, I have to own up to suffering from a touch of blog envy. My fellow bloggers are all wonderful writers and have great content. They are articulate and never ever ramble. If they were still at school, they would all get a great big A++ double ringed with a smiley face at the top of each blog post and a comment such as “excellent work” or “As always, a joy to read”!
And don’t get me going on how professional they look. Great layouts, formats, images and all that. They even have tabs that work and remember to categorise their posts and use the tag thingy. I haven’t got a clue what the tag thingy is for! Some of these clever people have even got blogger awards. Absolutely well deserved of course, but I’d quite like a little reward sticker to pop on my blog. I’m a sticker kind of person. I work with five-year olds and stickers are the ultimate reward you can get. Sadly I’m the one that gives, and never the one who receives. Can some kind person please give me a sticker and make an old blogger happy!
I’m rambling as usual. Bottom line is, I was considering a major overhaul and considering a theme only I haven’t the foggiest idea on what. Mr R and I often joke about a blog or book or even an app about the best loo stops on long road trips, but although a very handy guide especially for those with sensitive bladders, it wouldn’t really be sticker worthy. On the other hand, a guide to the best tea and cake stops sound right up my street!
I put my little blogging dilemma to my lovely Instagram followers. They are always brilliant when it comes to offering advice and making me see sense and the general consensus was that it should stay as it is, so you’ll be pleased (hopefully) to hear that A fifty Something Me will stay as it is, well until it has to change next year when fifty becomes sixty. Oh lordy, what a scary thought!!
So, now that little matter is done and dusted and I’m just going to keep doing what I do best at…rambling! I have to admit to being in a little quandary which of my post ideas to kick off with. There’s the one about choosing a self catering cottage, another about the people not being very nice in the WI (and to reassure anyone in my WI, it’s nothing to do with our happy bunch). One on kindness or finally the one about my book idea.
Because I’ve written heaps already, I’ll choose the last one as it won’t take long at all. It is after all just an idea. As you may know, we went back to the Cornish holiday cottage with THAT wall for Easter. Last summer it was whilst staring at the wall that the idea came to me. I had a bit of a Shirley Valentine moment, only it wasn’t me talking to the wall, it was the wall talking to me. Obviously not for real, but it was sort of sending waves of inspiration. Anyway, the seeds of a storyline began to grow and I’m glad I didn’t start it as the wall told me at Easter to change things a little and I think they’re for the best!
This is the bones of my book.
Marion and Roger are a middle-aged couple on holiday in Cornwall. Think Victor and Margeret Meldew of One Foot in the Grave. Roger is a stickler for routine, order, a moaner and quite frankly dull as dishwater. He loves crown green bowling, military band music and sensible slacks, jerkins and velcro shoes in sensible shades of beige. Marion yearns to be the free spirit she used to be and is quietly seething.
They go to Land’s End where Roger discovers that it’s overrun with children and is not quite what he expected. This sends him into moaning overdrive. Marion’s seething intensifies and she’s close to screaming point. As she waits for Roger to return from one of his frequent visits to the loo -dodgey prostate problems- she spies a group of cyclists ready to set off on a charity cycle to John O’Groats. She also spots the AI bus waiting at the bus stop. On a whim, she finds herself getting on the bus and planning to make it all the way to John O’Groats by bus.
Meanwhile Roger is annoyed that Marion has wandered off and goes looking for her. He spies her scarf half way down a cliff that unknown to him had previously flown off in a gust of wind. Has Marion stupidly and inconveniently fallen down onto the rocks below and what should he do about it?
At the same time Marion embarks on a voyage of self discovery and adventures. Roger has time to reflect and decides to try to find his wife who is somewhere between one end of the country and the other!
Now if only I knew how to write my book and more importantly, can I actually write! Also, there would be some research needed regarding bus timetables and I might have to make the journey myself to see if it’s do-able.
Any advice or suggestions would be most welcome!
PS Any similarities to any real life people are purely coincidental!
Kerry LifeandLoves said:
Firstly, Im glad you are keeping your blog as is, I enjoy it! It gives me a great insight into your personality, which I like! Secondly, yayyy a fellow wannabe author! Keep going with it, I think it will be a great story. id read it xx
Aww, thanks Kerry! We should both keep encouraging each other to get our books written. We could have a joint book publication party! xx
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Kerry LifeandLoves said:
ohhhh YES! Ill bring the gin! chin chin!
I love this post Brigitte, & I’m glad you’re keeping your way of writing your blog. I think a person’s personality shines through then which is what people like to have a sense of beneath the text. The idea for your book sounds brilliant & it would definitely be worth a bit of research! Thank you for suggesting I write a blog. I’ve set it up & hope to post my first article on Monday next week – when the IT dept has been home for the weekend!! xx
I am so pleased that you decided to start a blog. You’ll be a fab blogger and I can’t wait to read it. My IT department is pretty rubbish. He just tells me to sort it out myself! I’m pretty pleased that I could one started without help but it could be better. Next year Im going to have to rename it as I won’t be a fiftysomething anymore which is pretty scary as I first started blogging when I was a just fiftysomething! I might redesign my blog next year then but I won’t change its content and the way I write. I love my book idea but actually putting pen to paper and writing it is another thing altogether. If it takes me hours to write a blog post, it’ll take me years to write a book! xx
Christianne's Notebook said:
Thank you Brigitte. You gave me the push I needed, & I hope it goes well. I managed to set it up myself & Jessica helped with advice & explaining how to upload things which was very helpful. I love the name of your blog, but it’s quite shocking how time flies. It’s not even an age thing, as I’ve always found that it does, even at primary school.
Maybe you should serialise your book in your blog & let it develop like that. The pressure is off then, & the book could develop organically. It would be just like Charles dickens!
Christianne's Notebook said:
*Dickens. I pressed something as per! This is where the terror lies for me with technology, as I’m a great button presser & it can be a problem!!
My first blog post is being released tonight – I hope you like it. xx
I am sooo excited for you and can’t wait to read your first post. I bet it will look fab too as you are so creative. Don’t forget to put your blog address in your profile and keep promoting it. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you how to do things. You’ve got a lovely clever daughter to guide you.
Genius idea about serialising the story on my blog. See, you already know more than me!
Good luck for later. You’ll get quite a buzz from pressing that publish button. xxx