Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Good news and - A Dress....


Last Friday I went to a book launch of a walks book by a publishing company who are interested in publishing a(nother) book of my walks. I was nervous beforehand, but when I met them, got on very well and they said how much they loved my writing. You can imagine how I felt about THAT.

They’d said they were at the end of their marketing tour and would be shattered, so I offered them Rescue Remedy or brandy. “Both please!” they replied. Of course I couldn’t find any miniature brandy bottles so ended up getting a can of G&T which they left on the display table, thereby attracting more interest as the punters thought they might get a free gin.

Anyway, I left there having provisionally agreed to do a walks book with them in 2013 (subject to contract of course) and so delighted that I went into Monsoon and tried on a dress. Now, the last time I wore a dress was 12 years ago for my wedding. Before that – I can’t remember. So a dress is a big thing. And I fell in love with this one which, of course, they didn’t have in my size. But having got the bit between my teeth, I went home and ordered it online. Yes, paid good money for a dress. Me. I still can’t believe it (but then it hasn’t arrived yet).

As I sat, reeling with the tremendousness of the morning, the phone rang. Long story short, it was from the creative director of a film company making films for Visit Cornwall. He’d come across my blog while researching a beach called Polly Joke and thought my writing so beautiful, would I consider taking part in one of his films?

Well, anyone who says nice things about my writing has me for a sucker. Of course I said yes. So stunned was I, I didn’t think to ask about money though he did say he’d pay travel expenses, and we may film on Friday depending on the weather.

I was so excited I thought I’d burst, and frantically sent emails and texts. No one at home on a Friday lunchtime. So I went round the corner to see a friend, jumped up and down and had a hug and felt a lot better.

The next day I felt very strange. As if this was happening to someone else. Having been used to things not going so well, a bit of good news is very difficult to take. I’m waiting for something else to go wrong – which it did in the shape of the Times changing their mind over a piece.

But the good bits remain. And I’ve had an email to say that my dress is on its way. Quite where I shall wear this dress is a mystery. But where it I shall, if only to the pub.

20 comments:

Vermont Designs said...

I will bring one too and we shall go out to dinner and a show. That's a date for May 2012. love & hugs, SIL.

liz fenwick said...

What absolutely brilliant and well deserved news!
lx

Sally said...

Another piece that touches me! I, too, have just bought a dress! And it doesn't reach to the floor! We'll have to have a party!
So glad about all your writing success and your filming at Polly Joke. We used to go there as a family when I was a kid so, once again, your writing evoked some lovely feelings for me.
Thanks again
Love, Sally xx

Chris Stovell said...

I think you've had your share of Things Going Wrong for a good while yet. Enjoy the good times and may there be plenty of them. Good luck with all the projects in the pipeline, including the dress... will we get to see a photo of it (pretty please!).

Akelamalu said...

Oh WOW Flowerpot, so many good things happening in your world at the moment - I'm thrilled for you! You will show us the dress (on you) when it arrives won't you? :)

Melissa Marsh said...

Wow! You were blessed with LOTS of exciting things in one day. Hurrah!

I love to wear dresses - if they're comfortable, especially during the summer when it's so hot.

Flowerpot said...

That sounds great - Shelagh. Let's do it!

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Liz!

Flowerpot said...

Sally - I think we should have a Singing Party as it's just over a year since Suitcase Singers' launch. Then we can both wear our dresses!

Flowerpot said...

Chris - I very much hope you're right but I can#t shake off this feeling that worse is to come! I'm not pessimistic, just not used to things going right. If I get to wear the dress this weekend I will certainly take a picture! Otherwise might wear it to a gig next week.

Flowerpot said...

Ak - looks like i'll have to provide a picture of The Dress!

Flowerpot said...

Melissa - I'm not really a dress person. Or perhaps I am and never realised!

galant said...

This is just brilliant!!!! I'm sure the dress is gor-jus!
Margaret P
PS Don't forget to watch Totnes on TV tonight!!!

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Margaret - I'm out tonight but will try and record it.

Debs Carr said...

Such exciting news and a new dress too, good for you.

I think you've had your share of horrible things, I'm sure your good luck is set to continue.

SARINA said...

Good things usually happen unexpected , mostly to good people. Just enjoy the happenings!

Flowerpot said...

Sarina - that's a very cheering thing to say. Though what it says about me so far I hate to think!

Flowerpot said...

Debs - I hope you're right! Was going to wear The Dress on Sat but looks like horrible day so will save it for gig next Friday....

Talli Roland said...

YAY! I'm delighted to hear all your good news. And a dress, a dress! Pictures, please. I do love Monsoon.

Flowerpot said...

Talli - I had no idea people could get so excited over a dress!!!!