I've been away...physically, mentally, and in other ways if possible.
But, I've freed myself from the clutches of my dissertation and I've got some time at home and I'm going to plough back into this long-neglected blog.
Unfortunately, I've been so busy writing recently that I've not got anything interesting to post about at the moment. I feel like I've written everything that's in me to write. The dissertation was only 15000 words, and at the beginning that sounded like so little, but somehow it took so much of me to write it.
I loved being out at the caravan, which is where I did the bulk of the writing. I took my camera with me and put the macro lens to good use shooting lots of bees on the beautiful thistles that had grown up around the van since my last visit:
Out at the caravan the only thing I did apart from write was read. One of the best things I read was Knut Hamsun's Hunger, which is incredibly compelling even though virtually nothing happens in it. I also started The Famished Road by Ben Okri, it's a big book and I've still not finished it, but it is absolutely amazing. The word choices are unbelievably peculiar and yet the sentence construction is so powerful that they seem normal in that context.
I've lost track of the blogs that I follow as well as the ones that I write. But I've had a chance to flick over a Yellow Brick Road post that quoted CS Lewis. I'd never heard of the particular quote before but I'm thinking of making it my new motto: "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."