New Glasses/ New Novel
6 June 2011 in Flight Paths
I got some new glasses but I don’t think I like them - they are dark and heavy and a bit blingy. This is a photo of me in them, with an I-don’t-like-them-but-they-cost-a-fortune look on my face. How can someone as short-sighted as I am be expected to buy new glasses anyway, when I can’t even see myself when I’m trying them on?
In other news, I finally have really actually started my new novel. It develops the story that was started on ‘Flight Paths’ - the story of Harriet and Yacub, the man who falls to earth and the woman whose car he lands on.
Starting a new book is horrible. The weight of all those blank pages, all that research, all those bad ideas that will have to be rejected and all those dead ends that will have to be reached. Daunting. I’m hoping to write this in a year. Maybe I’ll achieve that. Anything would be better than the twelve years it took me to write ‘The Mistress of Nothing’.
I know that a few of my publishers would prefer me to write another historical novel next instead. But I’ve been thinking and planning this new novel for so long, that to not write it now, finally, when I’m at long last ready to write again, would be like torture. Although of course writing it will be like torture anyway, because that’s what writing is like. But at least it’s MY torture, torture MY WAY.
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