You know how you start doing one thing … but first you have to do something else… which means you end up doing something else again and you don’t finish any one thing and it all becomes a mess, like when you click open too many times on a window on the computer and your screen starts filling up with a million cascading windows, leaving you frantically clicking control alt delete/apple kill and swearing a lot?
Today’s been a bit like that. Filing my tax return meant finding my P60 which meant organising my box of paperwork which has been crying out to be done since I moved (last July) which has also meant rummaging through a box of random stuff that can’t be thrown out or given away or put anywhere sensible that I can think of. I mean what would you do with all this stuff?
It includes: my certificate from the Camino de Santiago, a shower radio that needs its battery changed and I can’t do it, a wire to a computer that I want to give away, old CDs, a ‘hard drive’ for a computer that I never learned how to use.. etc.
I think part of the reason for all this frenetic activity is that I’m avoiding my book. More specifically I’m avoiding the fact that I want to make my hero … a bit geekier. And I don’t know if the world is ready for a geeky romantic hero. I think he *could* be a fantastic foil for my anti-hero Mr Wrong, who perfect on paper but just not a nice person. Of course I could chicken out and make him a ‘geek’ in the way that Mark Ronson is – sort of geek chic (like just putting a hot guy in some horn-rimmed glasses). But I’m thinking more Big Bang Theory.
Anyway, I might not sort all that out today. But I will (I hope) at least do some serious de-junking.