I have discovered the secret of happiness! All you need is:
one box of Miniature Heroes
one bottle of wine
one girly DVD (in my case, In Her Shoes)
I was feeling v mopey and miserable and can't-work-y yesterday and then in the evening, ta-dah! - problem solved. Only small fly in the ointment was Cameron Diaz being so gorgeous with her toned tanned legs scissoring back and forth across the screen...it did slightly reduce my enjoyment of the Miniature Heroes, I must confess. But it's a good film, isn't it? Didn't see right to the end because it was late and I was tired, so am saving the last bit for tonight. DON'T tell me what happens. I'm predicting Maggie goes on to bring about world peace and Rose goes clubbing and gets trolleyed, oh, and Shirley Maclaine's face actually moves...am I right? No?
I did a slightly rash thing on Friday, I TURNED DOWN some work. Quite a lot of work. A new four-book children's series with a new publisher. Two years ago I'd have jumped at the chance, snatched it out of the editor's hand before the ink was dry on the contract but this time, I took a deep breath and said no. The problem was, it was a 'young fiction' series based on this very popular character from a series of picture books they publish. And while the author of said picture books had okayed this series to be written by someone else, she still wanted her name on the front cover. Even though she wouldn't actually be writing a word of it. So while I can see that yes, this is her successful character that she's created, I didn't want to be a ghost-writer for her. I said I'd do it if my name could be on the front cover with hers. They said no. So I said no, too.
It feels a bit reckless to turn down work still, having gone through a few rocky years of we've-got-no-money, but I'm chancing my arm and hoping that I'll be offered a couple of different series instead. Tune in next month to read about me ringing the editor and begging for another chance, pleading poverty and cursing myself for being so bloody stupid, no doubt...
29 years on, nearly there
2 hours ago