You probably didn’t anticipate that I’d write you an ‘open’ letter when you started corresponding with me. Hope this is OK. At least, this one is written down. Most of my letters are in my head. If I transcribed all the letters I’ve written to you (in my head), they’d amount to a hefty book.
Speaking of books. I’m so pleased with the launch of your latest book. It sounds like it was quite a special event. Congratulations! (I know, I know, it was last year, but this is how long it takes for me to communicate with you!)
I’m now back at work. It was a shock to the system. Suddenly, I had 40 working hours overlaid over my ‘normal’ life. Needless to say, some things I love had to go. I’m a bit sad about that, but the alternative would be a burn out. Luckily, it’s a fairly quiet period at the moment, and I have time to switch gears. I’m frantically trying to decide on the topic for my research. What should it be? I’m reading around but I haven’t made up my mind yet. It’s like a moving target. I start with one thing and it takes me to another and suddenly I’m so far from where I’ve started…. You probably know what I mean. Aren’t you glad you don’t have to do this anymore? I look forward to becoming a full-time writer one day too.
We hope to see you when you are back in the country. Perhaps we could lunch at Levertons again and walk the green lands of Bournville (yes, this is an invitation). Perhaps we could visit you too this year. Maybe we could do both, who knows.
Well, thank you so much for being patient with my lack of letters. I don’t think this one makes up for all the unwritten ones, but it’s a start.
Also, a huge thank you for encouraging me to write letters. My guilt promted me to choose this activity as a theme for this challenge and… I love it! I come to realise that letter-writing is just a form of story-telling. It’s absolutely wonderful. Now all I need to do is to cultivate a habit of printing them out and visiting a post office (hint: it might take another year before you start getting ‘proper’ letters from me).
With much love from all of us,