Phew! Book 3 has finally gone off to the editors. With luck, they’ll take several weeks to ponder it while I recharge the mental batteries and try not to think about all the things that will need reworking. These, of course, become glaringly obvious the minute you’ve pressed ‘send’ on the email.
Anyway, by the end of the week there will be plenty else to think about. So far it’s rained every day for weeks, so Cheltenham Racecourse will be nicely soggy for the 19,000 or so of us planning to enjoy the Greenbelt Festival. (Wet weather is especially exciting in our tent as part of the roof collects water instead of shedding it.)
Star attractions in the small-but-perfectly-formed Literature section this year are Michael Morpurgo and Salley Vickers, along with a DIY library where you bring a copy of your favourite book and kindly leave it to be taken away and enjoyed by somebody else. That’ll be interesting. How many of us will be prepared to part with our favourite book? Indeed, how many of us will be able to decide what it is?
I’ll report back when I’ve washed the mud off.