Thursday, 20 March 2014

Last pieces of the Jigsaw

The end is nigh! I've written the last words of a novel I've been working on for the past two years. A target I've approached with a mixture of sadness and pride. I'll be sad to leave the characters behind but proud to have finished a body of work and excited to launch it into the wider world and to move on to new things.
There's been a lot of moving on to new things recently - new jobs at the same time as old jobs, new skills combined with old skills. It's like very disparate pieces of a jigsaw that when put together shows a surrealist landscape fantasy. The last three consecutive weekends have seen me flitting from bar to bar in London on a literary tour in the footsteps of Dylan Thomas, George Orwell and Virginia Woolf, stomping round a forest holding newts and toads and learning how flutter ostrich fans in a burlesque workshop, in between weeks of teaching and starting a new job. At least these experiences give me fodder for my writing, which has been pushed onto the back burner recently.
Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans. It's hard to write every day, but a little Mslexia diary helps.

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