I certainly got an expected surprise today!
Still in the process of a ‘clearout’ of the packed boxes, I discovered an invaluable little book called “Sylvaine Super Star”. I had long given this book up as either been lost or loaned (really the same thing sometimes!) and there it was . . . right in the middle of a paper file, hidden for years. It’s a beautiful little book; self-published, OK, but it certainly doesn’t diminish its rarity or value. (I’m talking about ‘value’ in terms of rarity, of course, as I’m really not interested in its financial value).
This book was of especial to me as the French actress was a friend of French author Jean-Paul Bourre and he had introduced me to Sylvaine and given me this little book when I visited him at his home in Paris in 1980. By this time, Sylvaine was already an established starlet in her own right. She had played various roles both on the television and in films (as are detailed in the book) but her special interest was the macabre and the supernatural and she had had leading roles with the likes of the late Peter Cushing and Oliver Reed. Why she ever condescended to speak to myself, I will never really know; but she was quite amicable and polite and said I really didn’t deserve my bad reputation. So that’s telling you!
Anyway, I re-found the book, and shall put it somewhere where it won’t get lost again now. (Nothing short of a miracle in my flat!). Its sometimes difficult for me to take stock of all the books I have. Most of them have been given to me over the years at one time or another. Some with genuine intent by people as gifts because they have some reference to myself or ‘vampires’ in them. A few have just been loaned, but I always give loaned books back, so never have to look for those. Some have just been presents and I tend to hoard those as somehow it just doesn’t seem right to throw presents away if they might not especially hold your interest.
Which reminds me of a funny little incident when a lady visitor to London brought a book with her about ‘vampires’, and unexpectedly produced it from her case and said . . . “This is for you. I was going to throw it out, as I didn’t want to keep it in the house”! Well, I guess it’s the thought that counts. Rather give the book to myself to stop her putting it in the rubbish! I kept it in fact, and actually later it came in quite useful!
Well, the weather’s held out temperature wize; just a few spits and spots of rain today – nothing I can’t handle. And I’ve caught up on some sleep as well, which is nothing less than a small miracle in itself! But work goes on. When I say work, I really mean all the writing, which is really a full-time job in itself. I guess the main difference is, I suit myself when I do it. Well, I have never worked to time-routines anyway, and probably get a lot more done than the average person by sticking to that.
DVD (plus copies) came in the post this morning of a London interview I made last year. Now all I’ve got to do is find the leads to my DVD player which must be in the one or two remaining unpacked boxes. “No rest for the wicked” as is said. But I’m getting there!
For the moment, David