Where was I?

As far as writing is concerned I’m still falling woefully short on getting the words down. Another couple of chapters are coming together, but it’s a bit of a slog and I don’t think the novel is seeing the best of me yet! But, I’ll keep plodding on as best I can until the autumn, when I will definitely have more time to allocate in the mornings. That will still afford 3-4 months to rack up some wordcount before the academic pressure kicks in with several assessed pieces of work to submit in 2013.

I do not want to wish the summer away, nor do I want to wish away the last few months before my youngest daughter becomes a preschooler. But looking forward to things is no crime, and I will embrace the summer as a result of knowing that when September comes, my favourite season will carry with it even more promise than usual this year.


It’s turned out to be something of a bumper weekend on the writing front. I managed to get 800 new words down on Saturday night – a colossal achievement on current form and a much needed boost to morale. This came off the back of a rather timely Anne Tyler interview in the Guardian Review section. Her first face-to-face for 40-odd years! It was a marvellous piece.

See for yourself here.

Obviously I was immediately buoyed by the whole experience, hence the determined writing session later.

There was a further serendipitous touch this morning, at the local car boot sale. In amongst the bric-a-brac and small china ornaments my daughter was searching for, a chance to scan the random collections of paperbacks on offer. What did I find? A Slipping-Down Life by Anne Tyler. How amazing. I’ve never seen a Tyler novel in my frequent secondhand forays. And 50p to boot (if you’ll pardon the pun). An inspiring and happy end to a reassuring 24 hours. And here are the spoils: