Have managed to edit three chapters of The Bones of Summer today - hurrah! - and am now onto Chapter 18, Page 173. Well, gosh. And the more I read, the more I like Craig. Bloody hell, that's a good thing, isn't it? Would have been a ruddy disaster if I hadn't. After all, I have to be in love with my main character if I'm to write anything worthwhile at all. And as they're all (probably) aspects of me, that surely makes me the ultimate narcissist. No surprises there then. I suspect all writers would say the same too.
Meanwhile, the lovely Tania Hershman at The Short Review has turned her attention today to the possibility of reviewing self-published short story collections. Well, naturally, I'm all for it! Why miss out on quality after all? But you can read and join in with the discussion here. And thanks for raising the issue, Tania, and even mentioning my name - much appreciated!
This afternoon, I have visited my sick Guildford friend and had a great deal of fun attempting to round up a prescription for her. We got there in the end, thank goodness but, ye gods, the Burpham (that's with an "f", people - this is Surrey after all!) Sainsbury's is extraordinarily large and scary. I don't think I've ever been there on my own before. I do tend to hyperventilate in shops where I can't see the exit. Hell, doesn't everyone? Or maybe it is just me who's the weird one ... Sigh.
I also tried to call in on my neighbour who's not very well at the moment, but he must have seen me coming and escaped. Not to worry - I shall try again tomorrow. He won't get away that easily, you know.
Tonight, Lord H and I are off to the theatre to see two short plays under the heading of Footprints in the Sand at the Mill Studio. We've booked more at the Mill this season as the main theatre seems to have been given over almost entirely to plays that don't really take our fancy at the moment. Which sometimes happens in a season. The main theatre is obviously ignoring my suggestions - as ever!
Today's nice things:
1. The continuing edit
2. Tania's self-publishing discussions
3. The theatre.