Oops, this wasn’t supposed to be published just like that – it was meant to be a reminder to me yesterday to link to the insecure writers’ blog. Ah well. Sadly I spent yesterday out of the house and today also; meeting Holly off the train and going to Fingerprints and then – and THEN! – making a Blue Peter pizza box. A Blue Peter pizza box is basically a box you make yourself when your oven isn’t working so you go round to Peter’s house and make pizzas which you want to carry home without them getting blue with cold.* I was very proud of these boxes and I shall keep them for future use. I arrived home and rang the doorbell, announcing ‘Pizza delivery!’ when they answered. Oh, how we laughed. The boxes were actually very successful and the pizza stayed quite hot.
After which we had the kind of evening which doesn’t seem to exist any more: the four of us round the table eating and then playing Trivial Pursuit. Unfortunately it was Dr Who Trivial Pursuit which includes such questions as ‘who was Magatheta’s mother who began the slaughter of the Trimbods on Metebeles III?’ to which the answer is of course ‘Tharg.’ Actually that sounds more Douglas Adams than Dr Who. But then again he was a script editor and wrote several episodes of the series. His pen name was David Agnew.
My pen name, as you all know, is Sarada Gray. Lots of people have been asking me about this as I’ve been walking around holding the latest copy of Mslexia open at the page where my poem is proudly presented. Sarada, in case you can’t be bothered to click the explanatory link above, is the name of a Hindu goddess, aka Saraswati, the goddess of creativity and wisdom. A good combination, I think you’ll agree.
Bong! in other news, having sent my ‘Lady in the Van’ poem off to the London Review of Books, I have been informed that they are considering publishing it.
So that’s all good.
*see what I did there?