Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Thought for the day

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.

Richard Bach

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Twin horns

If I write 1000 words a day that's fine, but then I don't have any time to work on the 1000 words I have written the day before. Nor the many thousands of words I have already written, that need revising (or ditching). Then when do I write the emails, cook the meals, update the websites, enter the competitions, contact the agents, sell the poetry books, oh, and work for the 40 hours a week that puts a roof over our heads?

Not the twin horns of a dilemma, but the Gorgon's hair of one: roll on retirement!

Drawing in

We adapt quickly in England. There wasn't much of a summer (but hey - April was lovely!) and now there are night frosts, and the days are hardly awake before the light fades and evening draws in. So, we are preparing for winter, and the supermarket shelves fill with Halloween effects, and shelves beyond those even with Christmas gifts, plum-coloured wrappings with gold and silver labelling. There is a fashion in decoration all right, and this year's colours are rich and welcoming. Batten down the hatches and wait for next April's renaissance. There are a few hard months ahead.