17-21 February

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Monday

Today I got stuck into plotting the final draft of a book I’ve been working on for a few months. As I said a couple of weeks ago, I’m not going to tease or announce as things are so up in the air right now I might have to temporarily abandon it before it’s finished (again!!) BUT I finally cracked the story and I’m really excited about it!! In a shocking turn of events, I had my FIRST meatballs of the trip a whole week after I arrived at lunch with a friend, then later had wine and an industry catch up with a lovely producer I used to work with!

Tuesday

More work on the novel today — it’s starting to look as though it might happen!! In the afternoon had a story conference on one of the Top Secret TV projects, then beers with a friend as my head was spinning 🙂

Wednesday

Spent the morning addressing the notes from yesterday’s conference, then a meeting on the other Top Secret TV project to discuss some exciting developments. In the evening was a leaving do for a friend. It was lovely to catch up with that group and meet a few new people, but that’s the main downside of ex pat/immigrant life, people have a horrible habit of thinking they can just move back across an ocean without your permission!!

Thursday

Today I snuggled up in my new apartment (or at least as much as one can snuggle when one has not yet bought furniture 😂) and wrote on the two Top Secret TV projects, then celebrated with takeaway pizza because nobody parties like a brain dead writer! Although there will inevitably be notes and more to change and develop, I feel pretty happy with where I got to on both of them… long may that feeling last!

Friday

I taught my second yoga class today! As much as writing is my life, there is quite a lovely relief in being able to legitimately switch that part of my brain off for a few hours and step into yoga teacher mode as I prep the class then teach it. In the evening, a quiet beer with a friend somehow turned into whisky by midnight and I have a horrible feeling I insisted on buying everyone flamingos at one point…

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Claire