Hello. I know I have been away for long while. Sorry. I’ve been setting up #WoMentoring mostly (another proper post about that in a wee bit). And writing my new book. And catching trains to Vienna on no sleep having danced the night away in a Budapest piano bar. And travelling back to London to attend a gorgeous friend’s wedding and guest on Paul Burtson’s Guardian Masterclass on overcoming writer’s block.
I’ve been reading emails on the cross trainer and moving into my new old beautiful apartment (replete with puppy, piano and big desk by sunny window), listening to Emiliana Torrini and Kings of Convenience as I walk the city streets. Needless to say cake has been had in epic quantities. I have been far too busy and having far too much fun too but I’ve had some excellent times with it and written some decent words too, so no harm done.
Also…today I heard that Minimum Fax (who are home to translations of both Jennifer Egan’s and David Foster Wallace’s work) will be publishing both Tony Hogan and Thirst. Apparently this is the first time in the publisher’s history that a two book deal has been made when one of the books hasn’t been published yet…so I’m determined to do them proud if I can. It means another translation, two more beautiful covers, some more pennies to keep writing, probably a trip to see my book in an Italian bookshop (because…why not?). I am bloody delighted.
I found out a wee while ago there’ll be a Tony Hogan French paperback at some point too…so maybe a trip to Paris is in order as well. Oh, and I’m moving to Berlin in May.
Ok. That’s enough from me. Back to #Womentoring website copy writing, then writing a scene where a woman whose life is about to implode goes nail varnish shopping as coping mechanism and then to see a contemporary dance piece about, essentially, human desire for group rituals. Just yer usual.
Oh…didn’t have an Italian picture so here’s a picture of me at my new local cafe with my favourite sad-eyed resident dog called ‘Cigar’. You’re welcome.