Time to get over it
Well, ‘Something of the Night’ has gone to the typesetters, so soon I’ll be correcting the proofs. From now on in the process, changes have to be kept to a minimum, so I’ve had to accept that I’m not going to be able to use the lyrics from ‘This Woman’s Work’. I’m sorry I haven’t posted for a while; I just hoped that… oh, I don’t know… that one of Kate’s people might have found the thing. I tried everything, short of offering a great deal of money.
So I rewrote the end of my chapter, and it’s better. It had to be. So, thank you Kate for making me stop hoping and start thinking again.
My mad search for Kate has meant that I’ve not blogged at all, so I’ve neglected to big up various gigs I’ve been doing. But I’ll start bringing to your kind attention the things I’ll be doing over the summer. For example, the series I did for Radio Four earlier this year, ‘The Completists’ is being repeated all next week in the 3.45 slot. And I’m one of the guests on ‘Off The Page’ at 1.30pm on Radio Four, Thursday 23rd June. And I’m doing an event called ‘Desert Island Books’ at Burway Books in Church Stretton, also next Thursday 23rd, at 4.30. In fact, if you are in Church Stretton, or maybe even as far afield as Craven Arms or Bishops Castle, you could have a delicious afternoon in my exalted company. You could start at 1.30 listening to ‘Off The Page’, perhaps over lunch. Then maybe you could hop in the car and bimble over to Church Stretton, and listen to that afternoon’s edition of ‘The Completists’ (I should warn you that radio reception can be iffy in the Shropshire Hills, so you might want to upgrade your car aerial). And then you could actually see me in the not insubstantial flesh in conversation with Phil Rickman and Nick Maes. Those of you unfortunate enough not to live in the Welsh Marches might have to make do with just the radio.
Ooh, I know what else I meant to say. The picture is the initial sketch for the cover of ‘Something of the Night.’ It’s based on the illustrations for the Ladybird book ‘The Night Sky.’ Today, my dear old friend Helen Morris sent me her copy of the Ladybird original. Words fail me. Thank you.