Monday, March 23, 2009

Thorn, Red Room success and a Race for Life

This morning’s Bible reading was quite a jolly way to start the week (thank goodness) – I’d all but forgotten the story about Balaam and the donkey – so here are my thoughts on it:

Meditation 98

It’s not the fact
that the donkey speaks
that gets me

but the fact
that the prophet replies.

It must have given
the fearsome, shining
angel of the Lord

pause for thought,
if only to consider

which of them
would best hear the message.

Ah, sometimes it’s tough being an angel, you know. Anyway, at work, I’ve been attempting to squeeze meetings where meetings really shouldn’t go, and hoping that nobody notices they don’t have time to breathe, let alone eat. Or … um … decide things. Still I managed to factor in a reflexology appointment for myself at lunchtime, so that was great. Very relaxing and just what I needed to prepare for this very busy week. Then again, which of my weeks isn’t busy at the moment?? Apparently though, my feet were throbbing with energy today, so maybe now’s a good time to get some exercise in while I’m geared up for it. On second thoughts, I don’t want to get over-enthusiastic too soon …

This afternoon, I’ve been trying to sort out a big lunch meeting for next week, and trying to decipher who’s coming and who’s not. It might be thirty, or it might be ten. It’s a mystery … If I’ve under-arranged, I fear I might have to get my apron on and start slicing bread. Now there’s a scary thought. Oh and I’ve finally sorted out our group entry for the Race for Life cancer research event in June in memory of our colleague, Penny Cronk who died from cancer last year – on my birthday, coincidentally enough (a fact which would have made her laugh for sure!...). Naturally, I won’t be actually running and am hoping to get away with a fast-ish walk … But if anyone out there is able to sponsor us at all, even in these difficult financial times, we’ll be hugely grateful, thank you.

Ooh, and I've just heard that The Red Room site for writers is featuring the Maloney's Law book trailer as their best video of the week, so that's a great thrill - thank you hugely, Jennifer of RR!

Tonight I’ll be at a reading group in Guildford as their book this month was Thorn in the Flesh and they’ve kindly invited me to attend. So I’m looking forward to that – and I even get dinner too, so that’s wonderful! I’ve prepared a list of questions to ask just in case, and I’ve also been practising a suitable reading for a few weeks just in case too (I have to be careful over certain words I can write but have trouble saying – ah, the curse of the family stammer …) – though I suspect I won’t need it. I didn’t at the last reading group I went to anyway. Still, preparation is all (as Shakespeare most definitely didn’t say). In any case, I hope they enjoyed the book.

Today’s nice things:

1. Poetry
2. Reflexology
3. Race for Life, for Penny
4. The Maloney trailer being Red Room's video of the week!
5. Thorn in the Flesh book group

Anne Brooke
Anne's website - ah, the film career really does start here, you know ...


Nik Perring said...

Hope the appearance goes well Anne!

Nik XX

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Nik!


Tania Hershman said...

Anne, that's briliant about your video on Red Room! They seem to love your blog, quite rightly. And it's a wonderful vid, I must put aside all these short stories and read Maloney's Law, sitting there tempting me daily! Well done!! I hope the reading group goes really well, how wonderful to be able to hear people discuss your book. Very cool.

Anne Brooke said...

Ooh, thanks, Tania! I hope it will be okay tonight - nearly as good as getting my other group to discuss your collection!!



Anonymous said...

Hurrah! Well done with the vid. I just joined Red Room a couple of days ago but haven't quite worked it all out yet.

Jilly said...

Best of luck for tonight - I'm sure it will go well. Hugs xx

Anonymous said...

This is your year girl! Congratulations on The Red Room! HUGS :)

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Caro, Jilly & Val! Yes, the Red Room takes a while to get used to, but I think I've got there in the end, possibly ...

And it was great tonight, thank you! The group was lovely and we had fun talking about Thorn and all sorts of issues it raised too.