Tuesday, 27 July 2010


My favourite day of the week.

Unlike Jess Trainer in my novel Near Edgware, I can sing. I’m shy when I know anyone is listening – hard to believe, I know – but I can sing. When I was creating Jess’ fully rounded character the things I contributed to her personality were my biggest fears. 

Vertigo. I have always felt ill, unsteady and disorientated, at any kind of height. So, deciding I was going to help out when we were decorating the back bedroom in the old house, was a very bad idea. The rooms had high ceilings. I climbed up the scaffolding. I was fine, painting one handed - while holding on - waving my paintbrush at the wall. Even got fairly reasonable coverage with the paint to wall ratio being sound.

Then I realised I would have to climb back down. I couldn’t do it.

He-who-must-not-be-named attempted to talk me down for HOURS! Eventually, he got way beyond polite coaxing. 

I clung like a limpet to the up-right and stayed... up, right? For a long time. It almost reached the there-is-nothing-to-be-done-but-call-the-fire-brigade stage.

I also gave Jess the thing I would dread nearly as much: not being able to sing.

You see, I’m the looney-toon  whose car vibrates with fine tunes. I’m the extra member of the band: It ain’t singing, if it ain’t loud!

On Tuesday I’m going to impart information about the bands, singers and songs, that are rocking my car in the streets of downtown Watford.

Marina and the Diamonds rule! 

I love Marina Diamandis’ voice, music, lyrics, and fearless ambition.

Hollywood and Shampain glitter amongst the many (sick!) tunes on the album: The Family Jewels. If you haven’t heard her sing, I envy you. You are about to experience the world according to Marina for the first time – enjoy.

Which tune has been inspiring your writing recently?


  1. Hi Elaine. I can't remember how I ended up here but this is an awesome name for a blog! Anyway I am now your newest follower.

    Nice to meet you!

  2. I have never heard of Marina and the Diamonds, but considering my mom almost named me Marina I will have to check it out. ;)

    I'm sorry about the vertigo. That would really put a damper on my love of skydiving and roller coaster riding.

  3. Hi Matthew
    Thank you for the Follow, you are more than welcome.

    No!?! Sweet and kindly Karen skydiving? I'm expanding my brain cells here. Wow! I do roller coasters - the hardest part is the climb up the stairs and forcing my eyes to open during the run! ;)

  4. Okay I came back because honestly I was too busy today at work to read your whole post, but now I have to say: You live with Voldemort? That's freaking awesome! Can I come visit sometime?

    Oh wait wasn't he a super evil bad guy?

  5. Hi Matthew
    He is only evil at certain times of the month - oh no, that's me!