Saturday, December 22, 2007

Green box, unique selling point and bye bye.

Friday was my last day at work. I'm taking three months off to do some writing and various other things and get my head together. I've been planning this for a while, and it's something I want and need; but I am sad to be leaving the company where I've been very happy for nearly four years.

1. The company gives me a hotel voucher, which I'll use for a weekend away. It comes in a smart dark green box tied with a grey ribbon. I'm looking forward to researching the perfect break.

1b part 1. Spending a cold day at work in the warmer office playing at drawing films on the whiteboard for people to guess.

1b. part 2. A large slice of cloudlike chocolate torte.

2. Nigel tries to explain what he means when he says I have 'an edge'.

3. When I say goodbye at the end of the evening, He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named picks me up and whirls me round.

4. Nick comments that he hates waiting for taxis: 'They're always late, and I don't like people who are late.' I comment glumly that I'm always late for everything and he assures me that that's entirely different. It makes me even more determined to be on time from now on.


  1. Hello, lovely. Best of luck with the sabbatical - love your to-do list - very inspiring. And have a wonderful Christmas.


  2. Congratulations! As far as your 3-month to-do list goes, here are a couple of pointers about reading without feeling like you're wasting time:

    1. Reading is an absolutely necessary practice for writing better - the Freelance Writer's Bible suggests that most "real writers" spend 50% of their time writing, and the rest of their time learning their craft (which includes reading) and selling their work.

    2. Reading generates ideas about things *you* could this same book, the author quotes Ray Bradbury: "If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful."

    3. If you still feel like you're wasting time, do what I've started doing: pretend you are commuting to work. I read for an hour in the morning before I start writing and then for another hour in the evening as a sort of "evening commute" to wrap up the day.

    Good luck!

  3. Happy Xmas Clare =). Please do a set of stories based on my Street photographs =)=)

  4. I can't believe I have appeared in 3BT....A dream come true!
    Bets wishes and gd luck Claire!
    You are a very talented lady; your creativity and imagination is a realy unique gift!


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