The above photograph was taken on January 23rd, 2009, the day I finished the first draft of Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow, with an actual pen, on actual paper (I do a lot more of that these days, which gives me opportunity to purchase more notebooks than any human can possibly fill, and ridiculously nice [expensive] pens). That was more than two years ago, four thousand two hundred and ninety four miles away. Give or take. Now it’s a proper book, with a cover, and illustrations, and print that is markedly more legible than my handwritten scrawl. You can go and buy it on Amazon in the US, UK, or just about anywhere else, and I suggest you do just that. If they tell you it’s out of stock, order it anyway and they’ll get some in, just for you.
Buying it will help me to feed Eva’s new pet. Yes, a pet. I’m not quite sure how this is happening. From being a family with no pet, with are about to be a family with a pet. There was a ‘family conference’, I think, convened by Eva. There were pleading eyes. Now there will be a pet. As we’re in India, I have suggested a camel. Eva tells me we have no room for a camel. I don’t know what’s wrong with kids these days. No ambition. If my dad had offered me a camel when I was seven, I would have gone absolutely mental.
Anyway, we’ll probably end up with a hamster. Expect rodent related posts in future.