tea in NZ while registering scripts in Los Angeles #veryModern



while we slept – due to the Magical Nature of the Interweb we took tea with the charming Gallivanta in New Zealand while managing to Get Ready for what’s next (whatever that is – that’s the most delicious thing about What’s Next – it could well be Anything, really).

it might be CHINA.

(we’ve had an introduction to a conference that might just want who-we-are-in-RL to talk about Stuff-we-have-Learned and the book, of course, which would be splendid and probably sell a few copies at least).

or Helsinki. Or even Stockholm.

(we’re on some shortlists for digital events in 2014 and sort of waiting-by-the-phone in a curious-to-see-what-transpires sort of a way).

in the meantime, there’s Consulting Calls.


and sending out nice mash notes.

while “putting it out there” (as the Americans call wishing-and-hoping) that we’re ready for an Agent on this Coast (we adore our Agent on The Other Coast but she does books and we’ve also written several screenplays).

which we needed to Register (again – we had before but that was a different address and these things Lapse, apparently).


so that was jolly exciting.

we (re) Registered 4 screenplays this morning (practically before dawn) and so now we’re ready.

because we’ve learned that Not Being Ready is another word (actually 3) for sabotage.

so – basically – we’ve done our bit – now it’s time.

for the phone to ring.

and because we never actually wait by-the-phone, we booked a silent retreat for new year’s eve.

silentretreatthis is where we’ll be to say goodbye 2013 and hola 2014 (if we decide on a moment of spanish, which would be appropriate with the surrounding architecture themes now we come to think of it).

have you made plans?

do. tell.


About teamgloria

I used to make my living from writing. And then it all stopped and so I went and did something else, part of which entailed a whole new look from Brooks Brothers (it wasn’t really me, but it was necessary). But a decade later I started to write again (during nights and weekends and frustrated lunch-times and long haul business travel) and one of the things I wrote (or came to me – as I do believe in the whole Muse concept) was a character called Gloria. Gloria was a trainee angel and sat “up there” waiting for her first assignment. To occupy the hours she should have been studying humans and their foibles, she spent her time enjoying the new celestial movies-on-demand channel and became obsessed by Doris Day. So you can imagine the drama that unfolded when she came to Earth. Quite a shock to the system. But Gloria was determined to see Manhattan through the eyes of a vintage Doris Day movie and something magical started to happen – to me too. Because I started to do the same thing and life became easier (and then I got Tobias the tumor which changed the trajectory, for now). There are a lot of glorious people, places & things that help me get through my day – they make my life great – and so I call them “team gloria” (although they don’t usually know that). So I thought I’d start documenting them, and looking out for new people, places & things on a daily basis, and sharing them with you (whomever you are – do say hello. Oh, and tell me who your team gloria is :-)
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8 Responses to tea in NZ while registering scripts in Los Angeles #veryModern

  1. Sometimes just looking at your photos is like a retreat… Although, that place under the oaks is looking very Santa Barbara/Montecito/Ojai to me…

  2. Heather in Arles says:

    Oooh. A silent New Year’s retreat? I love that. In Bali, they have Nyepi–everyone stays at home and makes as little noise as possible. Even the tourists need to stay in their hotels/rentals and there are tradition police called the Pecalang to roam the streets to make sure that all is well. The idea is that way, the evil spirits won’t want to hang around for the new year and will flee. Neat, isn’t it?
    I think that we are going to go up to the cottage in the Luberon and be quiet too. Not silent maybe but quiet. :)
    Fingers and paws crossed for more travel ahead for you!

  3. Gallivanta says:

    Isn’t the interweb magical :) . And, somewhere, in the criss-crossing of time zones we may have been able to squeeze in a small ‘toast’ to Rumer Godden because it was her birthday on Dec 10th; I am sure she would have enjoyed a cup of tea in the shade of the afternoon. I don’t know what I will do for New Year but a silent retreat seems a perfectly splendid way to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014 (silently).

  4. Dearest G
    Registering screenplays.. what a novel (or playful) concept! What does it do? Is there some great directory of unfilmed works that those with money, or inclination or better still both can consult to search for the source material for their magnum opus.
    Most curious.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • teamgloria says:


      gosh no.

      it’s to protect writers.

      you register the entire script with the writers’ guild so if an unscrupulous person-in-hollywood tries to nick it without paying you, the writers guild will fight for you.


      so modern.

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