Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Whistler, read to me and platform alteration.

We've got a garden, everybody!

I had a meeting with Jessica at Long Barn Books about the 300 Beautiful Things book. We seem to be on the same wavelength, which makes me feel even more excited about the project (if that's possible!). They have a graphic designer on board, and we're looking at a few small illustrations, too. It'll be available in spring 2008. If you would like to be kept updated, please send an email to: book at threebeautifulthings dot co dot uk -- addresses supplied will not be sold or passed on, but will be used by me, or by Long Barn, to contact you about the book and other 3BT projects.

1. Jessica's pink whistling stovetop kettle.

2. Ellie climbing up on to my lap for a story. She stops me halfway through Green Eggs and Ham, firmly closing the book. Cat explains: 'She does that to me, too. She likes to see other people's interpretations.'

3. At London Bridge, I am sent a platform that is not normal for Tunbridge Wells trains. With some misgivings, I dig in for the twenty minute wait. Two minutes before the train is due, they announce 'a platform alteration.' I sigh, get to my feet and expect a frantic dash down to the subway and up again on a hot day with uncomfortable shoes and heavy bags. Then the announcement continues, directing me to turn around and get on the train pulling in right behind me.


  1. she wozzunt delickutly shod wiv jimmy choo-choos ?

  2. Hello Clare, just to let you know I have nominated you for the creative blogger award...

  3. Just happened to come across your blog. What a great idea! As they say it's the small things...

  4. what good news! as a kid, did you dream about meeting with illustrators for your book? I bet you did, at least once.... :)

  5. I love a garden. I have a flower garden of insurmountable proportions probably 56- 60 varieties, even vines on all fences. Lots of work, and butterflies and the occasional hummer !!

  6. Sandy -- book@threebeautifulthings.co.uk

  7. Christine -- You know me too well!

    Sandy -- humming birds? You lucky thing. How exotic!

    Tristan -- I wish!

    Happyone -- glad you like it. Hope you stick around.

    Cathy -- thanks very much. Somebody else also nominated me, so I'll have to have a think about who to pass it on to.

  8. Congratulations, Clare! This is so thrilling. I will certainly pick up the book when it comes out.

  9. Hi. I just posted about your blook-to-be, Three Hundred Beautiful Things. I was wondering if you could stop by and tell my readers more about what the book might look like and how you're going to go about pulling it together or expanding blog entries.


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