Yes I’m still around – just not in the writing / reviewing mojo. I finished Capital by John Lanchester – the book comes very much recommend although I thought that it ended with a bit of a whimper, rather than a bang, quietly, but perhaps somehow as expected. After all, we are still in this economic mess so nothing much changes or will change in the immediate future. People carry on living, some downsize (a bit or a lot), lose their jobs and have to make do, others are expelled as illegal immigrants, and some are arrested on suspicion of terrorism and then maybe released if they’re lucky and can prove their innocence. What’s new? Yes, do read Capital – it brings a sense of perspective and proportion to all our humdrum lives.
Today I’ve been reading bits of the Sunday papers, the Economist, the London Book Review and on my Kindle is William Boyd’s Waiting for Sunrise. All excellent, however, don’t ask me about writing about any of it. I just want to relax! My work these last few weeks has consisted of report writing and tender proposals and sometimes I lost the will to live, and definitely the will to write more in my spare time. You know that feeling when your brain slowly seems to melt into an indefinite and shapeless blob of glue?
Never mind, spring is round the corner and I’ve got a couple of holidays booked, visits arranged and the days are lengthening even if it was pouring with rain today. All good and cheerful. I am loading my Kindle with all kinds of books, fiction, non-fiction and poetry – at least I can dream, cannot I?
Back to work, it’s Monday in a few hours’ time – and there will be more writing to do. In fact, I’ve got quite an interesting research project to get on with all of a sudden so I should not complain.
Capital by John Lanchester – definitely.