I am about start a rewrite on my novel Sanctuary. With some help from the amazing Kirsty at DGA I think I've finally worked out what I need to do and have put together his storyboard. It helps to have everything quite visual for me otherwise I get lost in the action and forget that not everyone can see what's going on in my head. I have plotted the novel out, trying to stop it being quite as frenetic and now I'm excited to start working on it again. You really do have to love a novel to keep working on it so never write something just because you think it might be a bestseller - write it because the story really means something to you.
On Saturday I found a pigeon in the centre of Bolton. It was lying on the floor barely alive. People walked by, some stopped for a look before moving on. I was with Samantha and we decided we were going to take it home and get it better. I picked it up and we started to walk back to the car. My hands were full with the pigeon so some random man decided to take advantage of the fact and assaulted me. It happened so fast that at first I just stood there, clutching this pigeon and trying to work out what to do next. Samantha arrived at my side wondering why I was just standing there. We reported it to the Police and as each day has passed it has all become a little blurred around the edges.
An assault isn't funny, but I remember sitting in the Police Station and being asked what I was wearing when it happened. As I described my attire from the day I realised that whoever had got a kick out of what happened had to be seriously in need of mental evaluation. I was wearing blue jeans, sneakers and a huge grey woolly jumper with a black dog on the front. I'd been swimming the night before so my hair was pinned up and fluffy. I was clutching a sick pigeon that was covered in its own poop.
And I know the photo above is not me and the pigeon! This is me at my course last night handling a Death Head Cockroach. I also handled a python, a terrapin, a blue tongued skenk and the cutest guinea pig in the world.