bright, brilliant sun, temps minus 10
someone asked the very good question recently about the temperatures....yes, they're in Celsius. so our zero is plus 32 in the Imperial (Fahrenheit) scale. Canada switched to the Metric system back in the early 80's, when it looked like all of North America would go....and then didn't. Still, it's sort of fun. Distinguishing. And once we got used to it (sort of) it makes sense, being based on a scale of tens...like metres and kilometeres. Kilo, as you know, is a form of weight....so Kilometre means a heavy metre. See how easy it is? And how well I've adjusted? Nothing to it.
this is leap day - which I will not try to explain in the metric system (though I could if I wanted to). It's a gift of a day - so fun. Happy Leap Day - especially those of you celebrating birthdays.
It also feels like a special gift to me - one more day of 'vacation' before starting to write the next book. We've decided to use the cottage next door (which we had been renting to friends) as my office. I can't think why we didn't do this years ago! As some of you might remember, I rented an office space in Sutton (the nearest village) a few years ago, for a couple of years (books 3 and 4 were written there). I felt the need to separate 'church and state'....home from writing. It worked as a fabulous psychological transition. And made it easier to relax when I got home. I can see how working at home is a mixed blessing....so much easier, more comfortable....but isolating, and so difficult to shut off.
But after a couple of years I realized it was just a long way to go....so we gave up that office and I wrote here at home.
But now I've decided to head next door. And it's perfect!!! Set up as an office - and no phone calls at all! No internet either - so no email distractions. Just the fireplace, the laptop, a kitchen to make coffee and lunch...and complete focus, in beautiful and familiar surroundings. And right next door!
Feel like a complete idiot not to have thought of it earlier.
Will report to you how it's going and feeling.
today I just want to sit quietly and 'see' the opening scene. Crucial. It is, actually, often changed in subsequent re-writes - but for the first draft it's so important to get off in the right direction....and reestablish Gamache and Clara etc. the characters, the tone, the village, the feel. that duality of great beauty and foreboding. Of something not quite right in Eden. Of friendship and hope and belonging. Under threat.
While part of me is afraid to start, and even bigger part can hardly wait to see how the villagers are doing!
Oh, tomorrow the March newsletter goes out, and in it is another contest (a draw really) to win an advance readers copy (arc) of THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY (which will be published August 28th). if you want to get in on it, just go to the website and sign up for the free newsletter.
Enjoy this exceptional day!