Yesterday I trundled down to London to film some videos in preparation for the release of the paperback version of my book……The lovely folk at Bloomsbury had suggested we make 4 – 2 of me reading extracts and 2 of me and Anna chatting away.
So it was then that I set off on a very misty morning. I’d found my planned train had been cancelled – surprise surprise………but luckily Jasmin had booked me an Anytime ticket so I could go on the earlier train as the next one would have made me late…..
As it turned out it was a good job I caught the earlier one………as we became later and later as one issue after another caused delay – the level crossing not working, signals the wrong colour, slow train in front🙄
I was sat on my own until Doncaster but then a business man came and sat beside me. Turns out he was an Insurance Consultant so not the sort of person I usually chat to! But he made phone calls and did some work and then suddenly struck up conversation about Glass Half Full versus Glass Half Empty people – goodness knows why😳 but after half an hour of chatting happily I mentioned my book🙄 and how I felt very lucky to be a Glass Half Full person as this meant I looked for positives to help me cope. Turns out a friend of his had recently been diagnosed with dementia so we had plenty to talk about…….😊
By the end of the journey he’d ordered my book on Amazon……amazing what you can achieve through a simple random conversation☺️
Anyway, me and Anna arranged to meet for a cuppa beforehand for a lurgy hug and catch up.
We went through what we might chat about and had a catch up before making our way across Bedford Square to the offices where we were met by Hannah.
Hanna from Bloomsbury has obviously been stalking me as she told me exactly which top to wear😳😂. It will be shown come spring so we had to be ‘springlike’, which is very hard when Christmas is a coming🤣
We walked upstairs to the office to be met by a lovely cameraman who would be doing the filming. I also remember having lots of cuppa teas and look what they’d made sure they had…..
I recorded 3 readings with the auto queue, which was weird but went well I think before filming me and Anna chatting randomly. We chatted about all manner of things about our writing process, how my book is about so much more than dementia and had lots of laughter and giggles.
Emma and Alexis joined us towards the end but had to leave at 3.30.
On hearing that time I suddenly realised I was booked on the 16.03 train😱, so we had to make a swift exit and Anna walked with me to Kings Cross, both of us huffing and puffing our way through the street. We made it with 5 minutes to spare🤯😰. So quick hug, quick goodbye and I was on my way home
What a wonderful day……..🥰. The only sad thing…..and I didn’t realise until I was on my way home……..was I didn’t take any piccies of people😱 sooooo disappointing☹️
The lurgy is still clinging onto me and has dragged my mood down, but put me in a room full of smiley happy people and I spring back to life that the moments I’m with them. Anna had the lurgy too but hopefully the chemistry between us shone through on the videos
Finally most of you might of already seen this on Twitter or Facebook……. The film I made with Nicola Leddy has been put forward for the Charity Film Awards. So if you have a few minutes to watch it and then vote if you like it, I’d very much appreciate it.