Here we are in October, with the leaves falling and the sun shining in between all the rain. Back in the heady days of August I said “au revoir” to my Spoon-by-Spoon blog and I gave you good people a break from my incessant scribblings. But as we know, au revoir isn’t goodbye, it’s simply “until I see you again.”
The legendary James Brown puts it better than me:
“Say it now!
Get up offa that thing
And dance ’till you feel better.
Get up offa that thing,
and dance ’till you, sing it now!”
Quite a few people said I should write it all up into a book. I duly slogged over the 72 hours of transcripts and did a PhD length Thematic Analysis (academic speak for working out the main topics). I started to write, spelling out this theme and that theme, but quickly fell into a stupor over the dullness of my writing and gave up at chapter three. I decided to write a blog instead and 70,000 words and 18 months later said goodbye to you all in August.
I loved writing the blog and lots of you said lovely things about reading it too. But what about that book – it wasn’t a very auspicious start! I realised I needed a re-think. During my lazy summer afternoons lying on James Brown’s sofa I came up with a plan. What if I changed the premise? Less of a “I found this theme, then that theme, then another theme,” and more of a “I’ll take you by the hand and we’ll weave our way through these stories of change” type of book. One that was more in keeping with my blogs and less like reading a turgid doctoral dissertation.
My Spoon-by-Spoon research was born out of other people’s stories, a collaboration of me listening and them talking. What if I turned the writing into a collaboration too? Someone suggested a little focus group, a band of merry readers to give feedback each week; add a bit in here, take out a bit out there, build it together.
That was September and I’ve been on about the idea ever since – the main recipient of my wittering being my husband. He has just told me that he will leave me if I don’t start writing – apparently talking about writing isn’t the same thing as actually writing. And, whilst it’s tempting to take him up on his word, I think I need to stop procrastinating. So here I am telling you about my (our) next venture.
If you’d like to join my bijou book club then please do get in touch. From this week onwards it’ll be a small commitment of a review of a short blog once a week and a bit of feedback on what you read. I’m expecting people to wend in and out over the months as their diaries allow. However, if you’re more than content to stay well away until it’s finished, then I’ll see you on the other side. I’m hoping Santa will deliver it by Christmas.
Over and Out.