I.O.U – and me – 373 words since I missed one day in November so yer ‘tis.
Rather fun, checking on who’s published what this morning. Most of last week hurtled by in a whirl of writerly activity so that I scarcely had time to read the blogs of those who’d been kind enough to follow me.
Sending advice across the planet to a delightful young girl on how to peel onions without crying is perhaps not what Virginia Woolf would have been doing (thinks: could be a blog in that – shall look up a typical day in her journal and see if onions, or forks, crop up anywhere at all).
Right now I am still full of the excitement of my launch (well, me and the other seven), and a week full of Book related talks and activities culminating last night with Val McDermid sitting on the platform almost in the same place as I stood to read on Monday.
I know, but sitting next to Nelly has always been a reliable way to learn how to do things, and I can’t think of a better Nelly.
Of course, I blurted out this preposterous fact when speaking to her as she patiently signed my copy of her latest, and she was SO kind.
When I was a singer people outside that world used to say that singers could be bitchy to each other. From my experience of working with singers, in pretty demanding situations for a beginner like me, this was so far from the truth that I want to shout about it.
Ask the best for help and you will get it in bucket-loads. People whose lives and abilities and careers were stratospheric sat on hard chairs in echoing halls, giving their time and expertise and encouragement virtually for nothing just to lift the next generation up a step.
It’s the same with writers, be they poets or prose writers up to their necks in cleverness and crime, those who do something understand the passion that drives us – all of us – blogging away to each other, to write ourselves into existence and occasional delight.
I know about the poets; they are letting me read one of mine on Wednesday – in public (almost).