I’ve been breaking in a pair of new flipflops – or, to be more accurate, they’ve been breaking ME. You can forget sightings of swallows and all that malarkey, the first official day of summer is when I’m to be seen hotfooting it down to Accessorize to purchase this year’s pair of sparkly flip-flips. But oh, the agony of those first few toe-chafing days after a winter in boots. I’m quite glad it’s cooler today. Bah humbug.
So, the kids went back to school yesterday, nice to catch up with various mums in the playground (inbetween dishing out fliers for the signing, of course). And someone came up to me and said, “Oh, I read your book over the holidays and I LOVED it!” which was very exciting and nice. I actually had a bad dream about the signing the other night where I couldn’t find Waterstones and was running through the streets of Brighton looking everywhere, and then I did find it, but I was really late, and didn’t have a pen, and couldn’t find where I was meant to be sitting, and then I looked up and the queue was full of all sorts of people from my past, which was really freaky.
Until then, I hadn’t been worrying about it at all, but clearly there’s something going on on a subconscious level. I’m looking forward to a big glass of wine and a sigh of relief on Saturday night when it’s over anyway, if that doesn’t sound too awful.
I am still ploughing through David Copperfield – up to page six hundred and something now. I’m enjoying it although did find it a bit slow and saggy in the middle (I was waiting for a bolt of lightning to strike me down for my nerve, typing that, but I’m still here). Things are speeding up now and I’m crossing my fingers that Dora’s going to cark it. Could she be any more irritating? (Btw, the edition I’ve got is one of those Wordsworth’s Classics – you know, the ones with blue spines that cost about 10p. Can you believe they’ve actually spelled Betsey Trotwood’s name wrong on the blurb? How slack is that?)
Anyway, enough about my shelf-mate, and on with some work. Onwards and upwards with Novel 3 today!
Where the World Ends
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