Friday, June 14, 2013

What I’m doing

ReadingThe Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, by William Nicholson, and enjoying the writing very much, but I am so far (a third of the way in) not convinced it is a novel, and not just a series of chapter-long character studies. I am willing to be convinced, though, so I will keep reading.

Playing on my saxSummertime, and I’m getting sentimental over you.

Gardening – weeding, weeding, weeding. And lamenting over the late planting of my sweet peas this year. (It’s been so hectic since February both inside and outside my head.)

Watching on DVD with Dave – Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries, such as Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman and The Mighty Wind. If you haven’t seen them you’re missing a treat. (Start with Best in Show.)

Thinking about – the best date to launch the paperback edition of PLOTTING FOR GROWN-UPS.

Today’s resolution – When I take off my varifocals in bed in the morning, I will put them on the bedside table. When I leave them on the bed, I can’t find them. I am blind without them and they get lost on the patchwork bedspread.

Quote of the day – from On Golden Pond -

"Sometimes you have to look hard at a person and remember that he's doing the best he can. He’s just trying to find his way, just like you."

Picture of the week – Dave very kindly setting up my sweet pea canes for me. It takes him half an hour. It would take me three times as long and they wouldn’t be sturdy. He does it on his own because if I helped, the task would be twice as hard. Draw your own conclusions.



Anonymous said...

My sweet pea canes aren't as sturdy looking as yours. I wish I had a Dave...

Chris A

Liz said...

Read that book when I while I was in Japan - really enjoyed it too. Question(s) for you with your book writing/publishing hat on - does it matter if it is not a novel - in fact, how do you define a novel? (Not expecting an essay in reply!)
PS love the shorts Dave!

Sue Hepworth said...

Hi Chris - yes, everyone would like a Dave to help with practical stuff.
Hi Liz, no, it doesn't matter generally speaking, but it does to me. I like at least a smidgeon of narrative drive, and so far I haven't come across any..