Back In The Jug Agane
The healing process is not quite as linear as I’d hoped it would be. Not to sound too Blanche Dubois, but there are good days and ones where the mirrors must be turned…
So let’s look at the good news. I’ve been nominated for several awards. The Last Laugh for Best Comic Novel, for ‘The Lonely Hour’, possibly the darkest and least amusing of all the Bryant & Mays (somebody has a warped sense of humour), the longlist for the Short Story Dagger – for ‘The Washing’, which appears in the collection ‘Invisible Blood’ – and again for ‘The Devil’s Triangle’, a story from ‘England’s Finest’.
The first copy of ‘Oranges & Lemons’ has arrived and looks rather sumptuous. It also sets off a warning alarm because it’s the starter gun on a raft of work that includes three edits of the US edition and the first draft of the next book, which is all planned out but subject to enormous changes. I now realise that when writers don’t publish for a couple of years it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re being lazy but dealing with illness, divorce, madness etc., writers being so prone to mental health problems that I wouldn’t be left alone in a room with most of them, especially (name redacted).
And of course I have accepted further work because it would be cowardly not to. I’m all for jumping high and falling short if necessary – better than not to have made the leap at all. Busy fills the mind. I can honestly say that I have not had a second of boredom in the last three months (too many ‘interesting’ moments if you ask me).
So your erstwhile host is not waiting around for good or bad news on the health front but moving on to new exciting projects. To misquote James Thurber, I have the true Emily Dickinson spirit except I get fed up occasionally. Avanti!
May I direct your attention to the slender vol. above viz the early adventures of N Molesworth Snr that someone has diligently culled from the pages of Punch and faced with a piece from Gyles ‘Intros For A Buck’ Brandreth but don’t let that put you off. Molesworth likes a GURL except she ‘chews her blotch during prep’, but these despatches are less evil than the later books and therefore not as much fun. One for completists.