I’ve been so neglectful of this poor little blog that, now I come to actually post again, I’m finding it hard to know what to write about. So I’ll do a rather personal post about – well – everything, really, just to get back into the swing of things.
The main thing that’s been keeping me busy is buying a flat. It’s a dear little thing, in a lovely road, and I’ve been out doing lots of grown up things like getting a mortgage, instructing solicitors and – I dunno, negotiating and things. Nothing’s going to happen for ages though, because the people I’m buying it from haven’t found anywhere to live yet (as far as I know). I could well be at the bottom of a very long chain; who knows. I’ve just got to wait and see.
I’ve also been spending a lot of time staring at the telly. The BBC have been collaborating with flickr for a project called Britain in Pictures, whereby a group was set up on flickr for people to upload their pictures to, then some were chosen for a slideshow on BBC interactive TV. A few of mine have been chosen and every time, I’ve felt a strange childlike joy at seeing a photo I’ve taken displayed on my own television. A shot of the Oratory that I took on my first flickrmeet also made it into “Tom Ang’s Choice” and the “most popular” sections of the BBC site, so all in all I’m rather chuffed.
Another reason to be chuffed is that a nice man from the Arvon foundation called last week to tell me I’ve made it onto the Starting to Write course after all. I’m going to be going down (across?) to Shropshire in September to learn how to Tell Tales and I can’t tell you how pleased I am. Now I’ve just got to read some more of the tutors’ works and stop being so nervous about the whole thing…
Finally, I spent a wonderfully long sunny weekend in and around Eastbourne last week. I don’t know whether it was the sunshine – the East Sussex coast seemed to be having the summer the rest of us have missed out on – the sea air, the company, or all three; but it was blissful and I’ve come back feeling fantastically chilled. (Plus, I managed to take a few more photos of buildings for the BBC group on flickr. Well, it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it?)