I am back. Feeling much better. My writing and reading and emailing and blogging brains are having some kind of party in my head. Only the cool people are allowed to go. They’ve all got ace shoes on.
Nik started a meme about bookshelves. I can’t take a picture of my bookcase, because there’s already one on here somewhere. Also, all the books are put in order like they are in a library. I got drunk one night and spent quite a while doing it. The non fiction ones are even in a rough approximation of Dewey. So you can’t see that, I would be embarrassed. But you can see the books that are stacked up on the chest of drawers next to my bed. I haven’t read anything for ages, but all the books there are fairly recent. There’s cactus, deep-sea tales, unreliable narrators, the fine Rob Finn (whose other books are available here for the most Essential For Life, some of your English pounds…) and books about making things. Also, D.H Lawrence, who I have never grown out of. Aah, and a nasty horror DVD. Sorry about that.
1) What were you doing ten years ago?
Well, as I am a compulsive diary keeper, I can tell you exactly. Today in 1998 I was concerned that a boy I knew hadn’t phoned me yet, even though I was supposed to be seeing him in the morning (get!). I was still in deep trouble for getting my nose pierced (God, so unfair!) and I was annoyed with someone called Rachael who had been ‘a right cow’. I was pleased with Chris who had carried my guitar to the bus-stop for me. The next day, although I did not know it at the time, I would get my first love-bite at a bus-stop (classy) and have an argument with my mother about an ‘inappropriate’ Marilyn Manson tee-shirt. More generally, I was fifteen and in the middle of my GCSEs, had just got my first boyfriend and was trying to grow radishes in a bucket in the back yard. If I die soon, please go to my house, break in and burn those things.
2) What 5 things are on your to-do list today?
Catch up on all the emails I have been ignoring
Iron work trousers
Write the scene in fishbook where Downstairs John eats coffee
Wash my hair
Take out the bins
3) What snacks do you enjoy?
Nuts, little oranges, big oranges, bombay mix, carrots, cucumbers, olives, cheese. Although I don’t like eating big meals most of the time, so these things are a big proportion of my general fare.
4) What would you do with a billion dollars?
5) List the places you have lived:
Here, Cambridge, Oxford.
6) List the jobs you have held
Librarian in a prison, in a city centre library, in a rural library and in the Bodley. Barmaid, waitress, cleaner, Samaritan, general dogsbody in a homeless shelter, counsellor, full time mumma. And the writing thing, of course.
I’m missing off the last bit, which was to tag other people. I am running out of steam.
Next up comes some self promotion. If I’m going to come out of my shell, I might as well go the whole hog.
The reading I did in Derby for the launch of Time, the latest book by the Time Travel Opportunists, has been written about here. There’s a picture of my head on it too, in case you’re curious.
And I will be reading here at the end of this month. If you’re there and we haven’t met before, come up and say hello.