In my last post I mentioned The Writing Coach - the site run by my friend Jacqui Lofthouse, which she tells us is soon to metamorphose into The Essential Artist. I want to thank you, Jacqui, for mentioning this blog - and I know all you Would-Bees out there think there's a bit of mutual back-scratching going on. But why not? Jacqui and I have both been through the literary mill over the years and we - like many we know - value each other's support and respect each other as unrecognised writers who just don't know when to roll over and play dead. Check out her novels 'Bluethroat Morning' and 'The Temple of Hymen' - different from each other in time and place but both full of evocative detail and passionate messages, questioning the roles of art and identity and purpose. (By the way, on the subject of friends undervalued by the literary establishment, check out Anna McGrail's novel, 'Mrs Einstein' which superbly explores how Einstein's missing and unacknowledged daughter - and there was one - would have felt about him. And what she would have done about it.)
The other reason for saying 'Cheers, Jacqui' is the creeping sense that I'm typing up all my thoughts and sending them out into the ether - and No One is Reading Them!
Rather like publishing a book, really ...
The Continuing Story of the Drastic Edit I'll save for my next post. Meanwhile, I've started a list of creative writing books you might enjoy - and I'll give reasons for some of the choices in another post. Because you are out there - aren't you?