Today was the day of the bus strikes in London. Buses were running, but not as often as I really needed them to considering I was all the way up in Crouch End doing a bit of auditioning and acting this evening. I managed to get there fine no probs, but leaving at 8.30pm proved a bit trickier - no buses for half an hour. 'What to do, what to do,' methought, 'I know, I'll walk to the nearest tube! Google maps says its only 25mins, that's pretty much a 15 minute walk at my pace, it'll be a doddle!'
However, 15 mins was really 20 mins, and 20 mins in 1 degree is no fun. No fun at all. My fingers and my toes and my ears and my nose suffer terribly in low temperatures and all I kept thinking as I huffed through the streets of North London was 'I hate the cold, I hate the cold, I hate the cold...' which, fortuitously so it turned out, proved a rather useful jumping off point for this evenings contribution to the 28 Days Later challenge - to write about what you hate.
The other specification was to a) write loooong, lingering sentences, and b) write in a style you hate. Now I wouldn't say I hate writing monologues, but I do tend to avoid them. And if I'm totally honest (once my fingers had warmed up) I rather enjoyed having a crack at tonight's play. So much so that COLD has the honour of having my first named character in this series.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you: Gran'ma.
Just a heads up, she doesn't like the cold much either...
Todays theme from The Space:
'Open your eyes, man! Just open them! What's going on outside? Something! Look out the window, perhaps on the train, perhaps in your home, perhaps in your office. Don't get inspired by people - that's boring! Try something else. Just look out the window. What do you see? Animals? Buildings? Nature? Elements? Write about that. Be inspired by the outside world and make the rest of it up. Make it real, though. Make it about something important! Something you care about.'
So, I looked out the window and saw...a demolition site. Two cranes tearing down an apartment block in the middle of the city centre. Which served as inspiration for FALLING DOWN. Enjoy Lx
28 Plays Later