I want to write more stories, keep up the momentum, but somehow or other I just cannot. The working week is too demanding and I really envy JG Ballard who is interviewed for today’s Guardian Saturday Review ‘I work for three or four hours a day, in the late morning and early afternoon. then I go out for a walk and come back in time for a large gin and tonic.’ Just the life! I find that I work some 55-60 hours a week to make sure I have a pension at the end of it, and in between I am now desperately trying to recount some of my life’s stories, because I would much rather spend all my time doing that… I think I’ve got something to say and let’s be honest, I am one of those sad cases that would much rather have written books all her life than earning a living. Somehow or other it just didn’t work out and it still doesn’t.
I like the way the Guardian allows us a peek into Writer’s rooms. Have you noticed that all the desks are near windows, large windows, looking out on gardens (nice gardens)? Just below this article on Ballard there’s one on Granta’s new list of Best of Young American Novelists. There are just so many writers – do they all make a decent living?
Oh well, perhaps I have another go!