It may look as if I’m not working!
It may look as if I’m not working!

It may look as if I’m not working!

Saturday 25th Feb

It may look as if I am not working. That I am in fact sitting in a bar in Amsterdam, nursing a beer, but the joy of being an author is that a lot of the preliminary work is going on in the background – in our wonderful subconscious. The bit where you actually sit down and type is quite near the end of the process and at the tip of a very large ice-berg. Honest!

We went across to that interesting city, for the Vermeer exhibition, which was as good as it could be. A bit of a bun fight in places and a little patience went a long way but so worth it.

Years ago, I had a puzzle, 500 pieces, A Young Lady Seated At A Virginal. The blue dress, not the yellow one. I loved that puzzle even though it had a piece missing. I must have done it three or four times over the years. So standing there, in front of the actual picture, I found myself getting quite emotional. A good memory from childhood, that has left me with a lifelong love of jigsaws. And while doing a jigsaw it gives the old subconscious plenty of time and space to work out the intricacies of the next idea, plot, ending. At least that’s my excuse.

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