A quick catch-up or what I’ve been doing in between writing

So, as you know I’ve been really busy finishing the first couple of drafts of Envy and that is now with my editor. But it’s not the only thing that’s been happening lately.

Firstly, my degree course has started up again. This time it’s advanced creative writing and I’m loving it already.

Second, my lovely friend, J, took me to see the musical The Book of Mormon in Edinburgh. It was the first time I’d seen it and it was phenomenal. My face hurt so much by the end of the show, I was smiling so much and laughing that hard.  It’s about some Mormons who go to Africa to convert the locals and it’s hilarious. The songs are great as well. I really recommend this show, but only if you’re not easily offended.

Third I went with another friend to see Mrs Harris Goes to Paris at a cinema in Glasgow and it was lovely. The Dior dresses were to die for, and it was a beautifully put together film. It’s got a real feel-good feel to it, so if you’re fed up and want a cheer up, I’d recommend it.

Lesley Manville is Mrs Harris whose one dream is to go to Dior in Paris and buy a designer dress. She plans to wear the dress at a dance in her local area. There are many hiccups along the way, but she does get to Paris and Dior.  I’ll not tell you anymore. Go and see it, it’s lovely.

Ooh and it’s also a book…

What I’m reading just now: The Marvellous Miss Marie Corelli: Queen of Victorian Bestsellers by Teresa Ransom .  It’s all about the author Marie Corelli who was a best-selling writer in the late Victorian era. She’s a fascinating woman: she’s got a mysterious past and was a wee feisty woman who stood up for herself against the tyrannical reviewers of the British press.  I’m really enjoying it. I’d never heard of Marie Corelli up until recently and decided I really had to learn more, which is why I bought the book. The book itself is well written and chronicles her life from her younger years until her death in 1924, and her very long friendship with her companion Bertha Vyer. No-one knows if they were more involved or not, but Bertha played a big part in her life.

Anyway, time for me to go.  I’m going to have a cup of tea, watch some telly and then go and pick my daughter up from her friend’s house in about an hour-and-a-half. Such is my exciting life!

Till next time!

Dawn x

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