Where to start for the first ever page of a blog?
Oh well.. may as well leap into it...
I've just finished writing a synopsis for a novel which a friend and I wrote aeons ago. On looking at previous versions of the book I see several. Apparently the 90's are retro fashion now, (smile) so it won't matter that we're 15 years late in trying to get a millennial novel published.
You might think synopses would be easy peasy for someone with a degree in English and European Lit (let's face it you could be forgiven for expecting this blog to be elegantly and wittily written as well...) but you'd be wrong. Writing a synopsis of your own oeuvre (ouevre? or is that and oeuff/egg?), not to mention a first blog post using pesky French words, is bloody difficult. ..
The trouble is with this novel is that it's a panoramic view of a small city at a certain year-long moment in history and it has a massive cast of characters.
And the trouble with a synopsis (according to friend's husband, who kindly and meticulously attended a talk on 'Getting Your Work Published' on our behalf) is that it mustn't be more than 10 pages of double spaced typing. Aaargh.
Well hooray it's done. A blow by blow account in brief. And how dull it makes the book sound. But it's sent to the one person - the patisserie chef of the written word - who might turn it from something stodgy and indigestible into something lightly tempting and delectable .
I've just noticed my eighth sea-gull lumbering over the garden with a clump of something soggily undistinguishable in its beak. Must be nesting season. they perch on chimney stacks in lieu of cliffside nooks and sometimes you catch sight of a grey hairy head rearing itself up above the roof-line as the adults swoop in to feed the young gullet.
Perhaps that's enough for today. I'm avoiding painting again it seems. More tomorrow...