Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I can't lose these





Here are a couple of my pens. The duck one used to have green sparkly hair but he moulted. The red one is a perfect solution to anyone who ever fancied writing with a quill - a ballpoint with a feather! I love pens like this because they are easy to find in my handbag. They make people smile. They do not get lost and no-one ever walks away with them.


I learned the latter when, many years ago, I worked at Malvern Theatre in the box office. Customers would borrow a pen to sign a cheque and then, mostly men, would put it in their pocket. They didn't mean to take it. Pocketing it was just a natural response once they'd finished writing. Our solution was long green pens with vividly coloured plastic tulips on the end. Strangely, no-one pocketed them and if they did they noticed immediately and returned them with a smile. Those tulips stayed with us until the ink ran out.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A gift from the LSO





It's perfect, isn't it? Perfect for me and for most writers.


And it's even more perfect when the LSO fills it with tea and deposits it on my desk without uttering a word and interrupting my flow of words. (I always pretend to be busy when he comes through the writing room door.)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Has anyone got...

a copy of Take A Break with my story in it? I've been checking the magazine every week but obviously missed it and didn't realise until my bank statement arrived. (Looked good!)
If anyone has a copy perhaps you could get in touch, please.