a bit jet-lagged: we find we're waking up in the middle of the night but
then rolling over at 8 and sleeping until gone half past 9. That's going
to have to change tomorrow when Barbara goes back to the library so it's
a good cut-off point for me to get back to serious work. We're spending
a showery day indoors and I'm printing out my drawings on the double-page
spread format that I'm working to for the new book. You can do so much
on screen, but I find that I need to see real life pages to get a feel
for the character of the book.
When we were in the Hawkridge bookshop (left) in
Castleton on Friday I was surprised by the number of publications there
are on the Peak District. Hawkridge have a big selection of the out-of-print
Peak District books too but none of them were at all like mine though,
so I think there's room for another title.
B amboo pen
We've come back inspired by our time with Rheba
and Farris in Texas, full of ideas and ambitions, so it's about
time we put them into practice. Tomorrow, whatever the weather,
I'm off to the Peak District. They're promising 'sunny intervals,
9 C' though that's hard to believe looking at the rain today.
In determined mood, I'm packing my drawing kit for tomorrow.
Sex and Sketchbooks
we were in Texas, Rheba was teasing me:
'Richard, you should include more sex in your books then you could make
a lot of money and come over to America whenever you like' (Rheba has
a soft spot for Harlequin romances - the American equivalent, I guess,
of our Mills & Boon).
I questioned her logic because I have a friend who has written dozens
of erotic novels but I haven't noticed her jetting off to America at frequent
intervals. But my friend Wendy Wootton, who I've known
since schooldays, does go to glitzy gatherings of Romantic Novelists at
the Ritz. She writes romance and a variety of short stories too, under
the name of Portia da Costa, Megan Paul, Dorothy Starr .
. . and several other aliases. She's been published in America and now
has a following in Japan.
Her leading men have an unlikely habit of plunging into a Lake District
beck at dawn or going skinny-dipping in a trout stream. Brrr . . .
Check out Wendy's website, and her motley assortment of moggies; Boy,
Alice, Mulder and Kuffler
(left) via the link below. Those four deserve a Portia da Costa
book all to themselves.
and Bed and Breakfast (sounds like my perfect accomodation!)
. . . her books and her cats.
Richard Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org