Sunday, December 12, 2010
Later I realised I was trying to describe a sea-shell. Later still a friend (Paul) was reading over our descriptions, and he said the "deep sockets" made this woman sound ghoulish. That wasn't my intention. She was lovely looking, but what sort of a description is "lovely looking"?
Celia needed extra time to finish her sketch of me, so she got a few more lines than some of our other customers. There is often more to say about the faces of older people. She insisted on reading aloud my description of her: "A writer must hear her work!" Thankfully, this one was a description that I was happy with.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Stella and I had gotten our busking licences a few days previously, and with excitement and trepidation, we hauled our milk-crates etc. to Hyde Park and set up on a park bench. Stella broke the ice while I sat there and doodled. Then suddenly we had an unbroken supply of customers (at times, a queue of two!), and a couple of hours later, we had used up all the 'letterhead' I had drawn up. It was a success! We had made about $17 each (this is a business proposition, after all).
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