Advance warning for an approaching problem; regular readers will know that this summer was especially challenging for me. Unfortunately the pandemic delayed my scans by several months in the autumn and now the challenge has returned. The reason I’m forced to mention this is that it will soon affect my output.
It seems my cancer took on a rare new form during lockdown (My brother said; ‘Trust you. You couldn’t have an ordinary one, could you?’). I’m due to start chemotherapy again in two weeks. This will be more aggressive than the last (I’ll be living with a PICC line inside me) although it will enable me to apply for a summer tour of ‘The King & I’. So long as I don’t have to do the dancing and can basically lie on a palanquin.
Health journeys are boring to read about because they ultimately have one conclusion. We don’t want to hear it because it’s unhelpful and defeatist. We fall ill and recover from other illnesses but we have to battle cancer or lose the fight.
To hell with that. I may soon look like Matt Lucas but I’ll work on until I can no longer do so. If explaining this makes you feel uncomfortable I’m sorry, but I need to be honest.
Annoyingly, I have several books in different stages of development. The 20th Bryant & May is finally finished and my agent is thrilled with it. There’s a thriller, ‘Hot Water’, currently awaiting a publisher, and a comedy, ‘Crazy Lady’, also completed, and three-quarters of an epic, ‘The Foot on the Crown’, which requires a lot more work (probably too much now) to bring to a close. There’s a time-slip drama called ‘Westerdale Road’ under starter’s orders and a thriller called ‘The Luncheon’ to be written, along with half a dozen other projects. I feel I’m just starting to hit my stride.
Although it means that the next Bryant & May book will most likely be the last one, I’ll try to keep one more small surprise up my sleeve for you. To spare everyone that awkward feeling when you really want to leave your Nan’s but it’s not quite time to go, I’m going to ask you to avoid sympathy in the comments section. Onward!