I've been thinking about how endlessly inventive people are (see 25 Feb). It even extends to tributes to the dead.
Did any of you see the little shrines to Steve Jobs? Someone (I wonder who?) put an apple with a bite out of it beside a photograph of him on a pavement, more people added apples with one bite out and the idea spread around the world....
Here in UK there has recently been a bicycle safety campaign and 'ghost bicycles' - bicycles painted white - have begun to appear at the scene of fatal cycle accidents, in memory of the person killed.
Now I wonder who thinks these things up, and whether more than one person thinks of them at the same time in different places..
No way of knowing I suppose.
(..told you I'd change the subject today! )
Best coffee and vanilla ice cream in town..
What better place?
Thank you so much for your congratulations and a special thank you to those of you who cheered me on when the going got tough! I took myself off to the city yesterday for a little celebration, just by myself. I wanted to write the words The End in my notebook in Rogano's.
Of course the real work is probably just beginning. My 50002 words are unlikely to all be the right words in the right order, but I have a story - a beginning, a middle and an end, and a cast of characters in whom I have grown very interested. A first draft. And lots of words to play with.
The ending, by the way, is neither 'twisty', nor conventionally happy. I would call it enigmatic (which doesn't tell you much I know, Sarah, Mary and Liz!)
February was not quite as much fun as last year, mainly because I was unwell for a bit and didn't gad about as much this year, but it was very very satisfying - and that's something I've never said about February before either. I'm really looking forward to the editing stage, but I won't be trying to do it in a month!
Now there is the rest of my life to catch up with....
Will change the subject tomorrow - promise!
Can't believe it.
Having tomorrow off.
At least here in Scotland..
It all still looks and feels a bit winter weary, but today there was sunshine and birdsong, snowdrops, hellebores, hyacinths, primula and crocus, so it must be true - spring IS coming....
..to a brilliant concert this afternoon. Swedish conductor Stefan Solyom (wonderful to watch his workout on the podium) drew the very best from the Scottish Symphony Orchestra who were on top form, and Russian born violinist Alexandra Soumm had us spellbound. Liszt, Bruch and Dvorak.
I am in awe of musicians and conductors who give so much, intellectually, emotionally and physically.
It makes painting, and writing, seem very tame!
(Talking of which 5,301 words to go....)
Today it is raining again - but this was yesterday. Beautiful, and the Snowdrop Tea was a great success!
'Inside every fat book is a thin book trying to get out.'
My thin book needs some fat on its bones!