August 2018 Updated.
My name is Ellen Best, I moved with my husband to The Southwestern tip of Somerset England in 2012. I consider myself very fortunate to be married to John, he persuaded me to give up work, concentrate on us and my writing. We moved from East Anglia leaving family friends and familiarity behind (I love a good alliteration). Together we have laughed, loved, travelled to far off lands and welcomed friends and family into our home. Somerset provided scenic holidays, beach walks, good food, loads of fun. We shared our home punctuated with stories all washed down on drink-fuelled music-filled evenings with new-found friends. All the above continues today but In East Anglia, as we returned in May 2017; to continue our adventures.
The Flint house is a converted Victorian school-house that is tired and in need of some serious cosseting which we are doing slowly together. This home reeks of history, *sniffs* I feel myself channelling wonderful Authors as we speak.
This was the second area sorted, (we had to have a bathroom first) the lath and plaster ceiling in this inner hall was hanging down, there is a mud floor with small red and black beautiful checkerboard tiles; only one of three areas that were original. Though I have an office of sorts, I can often be found with bare feet pressed into the cool floor, bum squished into the twisted stairs; gazing at books. Here I drink in the ambience; pencil, notebook or tablet in hand … channelling Jean Brodie; just as you’d expect.
“What is this? Who am I? What am I doing here?”
This Blog is part of my journey, this is where I procrastinate from my manuscript; from my novel. During this process, I have to work hard to not get frustrated. When writing life becomes a bloody and sweaty hike, I come here.
I have put the excitement and secret lives of non-existent people into my work and down on paper. I have characters who live in a place created by me, who live lives of my making, who face obstacles, pain and love; all of my doing. My story has only just begun, it is in the throes of gestation.
“From that first burst of creativity, the speed and exhilarating ride of the word train; I love. Next, I have to work at perfecting it; try not sanitize it in the process. “It is all in the rewrite. The first and second, third sometimes fourth drafts. “The edits, the return to research again and again to check ‘did I get a date or a law exactly right?’ I need to hone a look or tweak it because I found something new or more interesting. I didn’t want to alter it … I just wanted it to be perfect as it was. So I left it; let it simmer a while.
“Get her done”! One of my virtual friends told me. Sit down and do it I tell myself. Sometimes I’m sick of the characters changing their minds and a good slap is what is needed. Other ideas come in to play, new stories that steal time from the first. Before I know it there are several works in progress. That my friends is when I come here and write whimsy.
“I have a need to write. When other writers get to that hard place, they knit, paint, cook, garden or take photographs; I write. For some, the grammar, typos and punctuation are the easiest parts ( I, however, know where my weaknesses lay). Their slog may be in the beginning at conception, the creative part. I digress let’s bring it back on point.
My resting, clearing cobwebs from my head and taking my mind off the sticky stuff is done here on my Blog. It is with *sigh* a deep breath, (here in my safe place) that you will find me. I am here with words, scribble, story and rhyme, if you look close enough you’ll find pieces of me.
I am Ellen, some say a happy, humorous, quick-witted woman who laughs, loves, talks and cry’s in equal measure. Others suggest “I am a bit bonkers, but we know all the best people are”. (Borrowed from Lewis Carroll ).
I am stronger than I seem; happier than I have ever been. I am a complex character who loves life. I Bathe in love, laughter and words. Words that I read and write, words that I swallow whole.
Please pay me in comments and I will respond soonest and you will make me happy and gain a pal *flutters lashes* I am easily pleased.