OK I admit it, I’m hooked on the Olympics. I can’t get enough (although some down time is essential to prevent couch-potato blight setting in) and so it seems is just about everyone one I know, and that includes a number of females friends, who like me, have often complained about TV and its endless sports coverage.
I blame the start of my Olympic craving on the opening ceremony – that was definitely one for the people – quickly followed by the sight of the Equestrian stadium in front of the stunning Queen’s House in Greenwich Park. The choice of venues is inspired. It would seem also that the athletes are inspired and we are all riding the tidal wave of team GB’s success – long may it continue.
My exhibition piece in progress
With this in mind deciding to get my novel The Sweet Track onto Kindle as I had, seemed like bad timing. But I’d been working on a piece for my exhibition next year which involved deconstructing a copy of the book, so it was very much in my mind.
As it happens the Kindling worked out fine. I managed to get it done when not glued to the other screen or when I just couldn’t take anymore of the Velodrome or ‘Velodrone’ I like to call it with reference to the less than sparklingcommentary (love the cyclists though!)
I had to go through it, book in hand, line by line, as my Word document was not the same as the publishers, Flambard’s, final copy. At one stage it seemed like a huge effort for little gain – no medal in sight you might say. But I should have known that no effort is ever wasted. I learned a few things in the process. I learned more about punctuation* – I admit I’m not the best. I learned that my style has loosened up and improved. I learned (or perhaps I should say was reminded) that this book, the first thing I ever wrote, although almost entirely fictional, has so much of me and my early life in it. And as if to signal this while I was working on it I had vivid dreams of my mother, and of babies too.
I’m glad it’s done (although I still need to download it and check the copy ). It was unfinished business. I’m thankful to Flambard for allowing me to use the cover and as you can imagine I’m relieved that I can get back to the Olympic Games now and give them my undivided attention.
*A top tip for punctuation problems – if you can, find a similar usage, sentence construction, dialogue passage, etc. etc. in a published book and take your cue from that. the same is true of layout.