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Hello Purplecooers.

I am back from Arvon-attended the Novel Writing course.

Amazing week-fantastic people-I thought about you all lots-you would have LOVED it. Best 550 I have spent.

Lots of ways forward with my novel which basically involves a complete re-write of my 90,000 words!! Course did switch on several light bulbs and gave me lots of confidence...(lets hope it lasts!)

I will blog when chance-I have come back with flu like sore throat thingy (Hmm must put those fine words into novel!)
Hoping to go to London this weekend with boys-late birthday pressie.
But I do have SO much to tell you and share.

Here is a taster though...

There were 16 on the course-called the Totleigh 16.
One of those was Donovan.
Yes. 'The' Donovan. It was so surreal.
Now for something even more surreal-if you would like to yours truly doing the Monster Mash with him...


Good to be back.
Love to all

PS- And if you would like to see more of his performances...put in 'Donovan does Devon' on you tube...or wait for my blog!


Posted at 19th Nov 2008 - 12:41PM   Posted by Angel   ANGEL ON ARVON Comments: 23

Fennie's Avatar Tremendous, Angel. Sounds as though you could turn the whole experience into a novel!

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Nov 2008 at 12:44PM

Milla's Avatar Brilliant. SO glad it went well. Am green with envy. It is a really magical experience and so inspiring and sounds like you had a tutor who was really encouraging. Excellent news.

Posted by: Milla on 19th Nov 2008 at 12:49PM

What a fab time you lucky thingy xx can't wait for the blog.

Posted by: Bodran on 19th Nov 2008 at 12:54PM

Frances's Avatar Welcome back, Angel. I am looking forward to reading more about your time at Arvon. Sounds like a rewarding experience!

Posted by: Frances on 19th Nov 2008 at 01:05PM

Camilla's Avatar So glad it went well Angel, money worth spent if you ask me, wonderful to use that experience for that brill novel of your's, 90,000 words, heck........... I can just about manage 3,000.

Look forward to reading your blog Angel.


Posted by: Camilla on 19th Nov 2008 at 01:13PM

ChrisH's Avatar I did Robert McKee's 'Story Seminar' with Roland 'Fine Young Cannibals' Gift... Fancy a duet?

Glad it went well.

Posted by: ChrisH on 19th Nov 2008 at 01:14PM

CalicoKate's Avatar Oh envy envy envy
Both Donovan and the opp to do the course.
I have lusted after it for a while.
New here but will look out for your blog to hear more about Arvon,

Posted by: CalicoKate on 19th Nov 2008 at 01:23PM

Crystal Jigsaw's Avatar Sounds like an amazing experience. So looking forward to reading your blog.

CJ xx

Posted by: Crystal Jigsaw on 19th Nov 2008 at 01:23PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Absolberludylootlymarvellous. Well done Angel - hat off to you . . . know you haven't been too well so doubley well done to you.

I did a Robert McKee screen writing seminar Chris . . . what did you think of him? We had two people from Eastender's on our course. I could do a violent fish wife to your duet.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 19th Nov 2008 at 01:29PM

ChrisH's Avatar Ooh, just saw your comment WW and had to reply. At the time I found it completely amazing and thought there was something almost Messianic about his delivery, he really delivers quite a performance. I've subsequently found applying some of the techniques, the beats and stuff, a bit difficult in practice, although some of his scathing comments will stay with me forever! We also had a Coronation Street bod - unknown to me - so I could alternate as a fishwife, if you like.

Posted by: ChrisH on 19th Nov 2008 at 01:53PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Mine was a few years ago now. I loathed his scathing moments and found them totally unnecessary. His course was borderline fantastically excellent/or a complete load of bull . . .poo . . . I was torn throughout as to which it was, but his courses are attended by a lot of famous people and John Cleese sings his praises.

Did he talk about yellow paper?

I did ask him a question - during the break of course - he shot me down in flames and I felt like crying he made me feel so small . . . suspect he is very insecure himself to treat people the way he does.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 19th Nov 2008 at 02:08PM

ChrisH's Avatar He's not exactly cuddly, is he? He swore at one poor s*d for taking a different view and ordered him to leave the room and fined one woman 10 when her moblie phone went off. As I said, I thought it was an incredible experience at the time although, with hindsight, there was quite a lot of smoke and mirrors!

Posted by: ChrisH on 19th Nov 2008 at 02:15PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Eeek, never heard of Mr McKee and have to say, by the sound of it, I'm glad I haven't.... Not sure my ego could take that kind of treatment. So fabulous that the course went so well Angel - and I would have been bowled over by Donovan. Jennifer, Juniper - wasn't that him? Nobody like that on our course, Eastenders either......
Now we want the novel of course!

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 19th Nov 2008 at 02:37PM

TIGGYWINKLE's Avatar I remember when Donovan was madly popular in the 70's Mr.T & I met him at The Greenhouse restaurant in London when it opened. Super restaurant, wonder if it is still there. Couldn't remember the song. Thank you Exmoorjane. It's great when you feel that money on a course was well spent, Angel. It will give you new impetus.

Posted by: TIGGYWINKLE on 19th Nov 2008 at 03:33PM

Cait's Avatar I used to love Donovan in my youth.
Can't wait to hear all about the course and would have loved to have been there.

Posted by: Cait on 19th Nov 2008 at 03:44PM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar Glad to hearit went so well, Angel. Would love to go one day...

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 19th Nov 2008 at 04:01PM

Jayem's Avatar Sounds exciting - and very impressive moves on the video, Angel! Hope you enjoy the re-write!

Posted by: Jayem on 19th Nov 2008 at 04:37PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Another Donovan fan here as well. No

Mr McKee was brutal Jane and still not sure if he was utterly brilliant, or total rubbish and as Chris says full of smoke and mirrors . . . not to mention a lot of the medium for growing mushrooms in . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 19th Nov 2008 at 04:53PM

SallysChateau's Avatar It sounds a terrific and uplifting week Angel, look forward to hearing all about it on the blog. Now going off to see video.

Posted by: SallysChateau on 19th Nov 2008 at 05:32PM

Tattie Weasle's Avatar Sounds amazing - like Jane not sure I could cope with any scathing comments....looking forward to readding all about it though!

Posted by: Tattie Weasle on 19th Nov 2008 at 07:44PM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar ANOTHER Donavon fan from the 70's here
so glad you had a brill time - you deserved it.

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 19th Nov 2008 at 08:29PM

Elizabethm's Avatar I have been thinking about you and the course Angel so I am delighted it went so well. I am on tenterhooks to read all about it as i am another who would love to go.

Posted by: Elizabethm on 19th Nov 2008 at 09:18PM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar Oooh, Eliz - let's both go Very Happy.
(Although there's the slight matter of 550 to find... Confused. Not to mention, finding someone to have the dog for the week... Confused (Never mind the child - he'll be fine on his own Twisted Evil)

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 19th Nov 2008 at 09:41PM

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