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Wish you were here…

Well, here I am, firmly settled in the lap of luxury in Claire and Colin’s apartment in Marina del Rey. It is fab. I hit the ground running and went to an art exhibition opening the evening I arrived, even though my body was saying ‘It’s 5 in the morning!’ Needless to say, I made it to bed at 10pm and then woke at 3am. Jet lag is such a pain but I am determined it is not going to get me down.

Last night was a real treat. We went to the Greek Theatre in LA, an open air theatre to see a concert featuring Ziggy Marley (Bob’s son) and with India.Arie headlining. We went with Claire’s sister, Julia Fordham who is a successful singer/songwriter and I have been an admirer of her music for many years and have all her CD’s. You can read about her and listen to her music on her web site but here is a sample. This is the title track from her album ‘Concrete Love’ and she duets with India.Arie


Claire and Julia are such a talented pair. Claire has written a book about her experiences when she first moved to LA to be with Julia. Julia was invited to many swanky Hollywood parties and events and the invitations were always addressed to ‘Julia Fordham plus one’ and she always took Claire with her. Hence the title of Claire’s book ‘Plus One – A Year in the Life of a Hollywood Nobody’. (Available from Amazon and all good book stores….)


It’s hilarious, and I feel that I have lived this book as I read the very first draft, have lived through the trials and tribulations of getting it published and I am mentioned in the list of ‘I would like to thank…’ people at the start of the book. Probably the one and only time I will get mentioned in a book, I might add, so I am particularly fond of it! Claire is now working on getting it made into a movie so it is all very exciting.

12 responses to “Wish you were here…

  1. Jim and Em October 1, 2007 at 8:13 am

    Hi Diane,

    LA sounds great – best way to beat jet lag is to party through it! You go girl!

    The book looks fantastic and when we are back in Dubai, I will order it. Jim and I are going through the same trials getting our book to publishers attention at the moment – after a year of writing it, it is heartbreaking for someone to sa no to your baby!! But we know that someone will like it.

    Good on Claire for persevering. Love the dog in glasses! Lovely fella.

    Have a great trip.


  2. laketrees October 1, 2007 at 9:58 am

    wowee Diane…
    you might not want to come home !!!!
    sounds like an exciting time…….that jet lag is a pain :0
    the book looks like a zany read……how exciting that she has put you in the book….I’m wondering who they will get to play you…Catherine Zeta Jones perhaps????…and Gwyneth Paltrow to play Claire …
    Julie has a stunning voice….I will have to find out if her music is available here and keep my eye out for Claire’s book…..
    happy LALA… this week :D

  3. Diane October 1, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    It is 4.30am and I have been awake for an hour or so…such a drag…and I’ve been told it is worse when going back to the UK – travelling west to east. Joy.

    I’m determined to shake this off as soon as possible and not let it spoil my days!

    Glad you like the music and book. You can get both from

    I’m loving the thought of Catherine Zeta Jones playing me in a movie!

  4. strugglingwriter October 1, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Diane, it sounds like you had a great time. Ziggy Marley and India.Arie, wow!

    Also, I stopped by Claire’s website the other week when you linked to it and saw her performance on Craig Ferguson. She seemed very nice and funny.

    I hope you can recover from the jetlag quickly!

  5. clara October 1, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Hello Diane!
    I saw all you new book and i thick there are beautifull. Nice work!
    By the way i buy some pretty papers in Paris.

  6. Jos October 1, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Diane, you have been tagged by Santa’s Community Blog in a Collective Christmas Meme. Hope you can find a way to participate!

  7. Diane October 2, 2007 at 3:55 am

    Glad you have found some pretty papers in Paris. I am in Los Angeles and today I have been to Paper Source in Beverley Hills and have bought so much paper, I don’t know how I am going to carry it home!

    Thanks for the tag, I tried to follow the link but it was broken- I will try to track it down!

  8. Nihal October 2, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Diane,

    OMG! You’re having such a wonderful time … and yes, I wish I was there :)

    Kim took the words right out of my mouth … Catherine Zeta Jones, I simply adore her, and there’s definitely a striking resemblance there * he he he*

    Hope you enjoy each day to the fullest and take care, ya :)

  9. Creechman October 3, 2007 at 10:40 am

    Sounds like you didn’t waste any time going out and having fun. Imagine how alert once jet lag wears off?

  10. Diane October 3, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you for the kind wishes…

    I am having a ball! It is 5am and I am wide awake but I’m not letting it get me down. I am going to download the photos off my camera, and write a new post later…

    I have also been writing a couple of things for Go! Smell the Flowers

    -see the post called Go!Star in a Movie!

    I have bought loads of paper and am almost looking forward to being home and making new books…..

  11. paperseed October 3, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Hi Diane,

    Welcome to the States! I hope you don’t mind, but I I’ve recently been “tagged” to share 7 Honest Things about myself and now I’m tagging you, if you’d like to participate. See my post here: to read how it works.


  12. Mr. Tangent October 16, 2007 at 9:59 am

    Hey. I was curious, how are you embedding the mp3 above in the page? I know you’re using when you roll over it, but what software are you using for the mp3 player?

    If you could write me back: I’d appreciate it! I might not check the follow-ups, so if you could that’d be great.

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