Have just written a very angry letter to my local paper following plans to turn a former local home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into bedsits. I don't understand my local authority's complete lack of culture interests, I really don't. I said that if Rochester in Kent can mark their connection to Charles Dickens with two crowd-pulling festivals a year - why can't our local literary connections be celebrated too? We have at least five renown authors to celebrate, including D H Lawrence, Allan Ahlberg (whose wonderful Burglar Bill story is still a massive hit with littluns, as well as being a personal favourite) and Raymond Chandler. I don't know. I sometimes despair of things like this, I really do.
Had my first Sunday Young Writers session today. Uhmm. So-so. Not sure if this is going to work, really. Losing my midweek day off is the one drawback to my new job (which I love, by the way) even though having full weekends back after three years without them has completely redefined my work/life balance. And not only is that a bonus, but the fact I am sleeping better because I am shot of that gruelling two hour commute at each of my nine hour day, means I am also more inclined to sit in my study and do Writerly things of an evening - like updating my blogs or writing angry letters to the local paper! I will give the Sunday sessions a couple more tries. But I know most Sundays are family days, and it is also the day before the kids go back to school and an early bedtime is normally in order, so I guess I will just have to wait and see. I am not going to give up on it. I just may need to rethink it ...
Good news re: The Article by the way! One of the Writing mags I contacted has asked to see it, so fingers crossed for that. I am just waiting to find out if they want it in hard copy or electronic, then off it will go. I am so excited! How did I cope with the anticipation all those years ago when I was sometimes sending out a dozen MSS a week? Don't worry, I will keep you informed - after all it was The Article that first drew us together, my lovelies!
Good writing everyone.