Friday 16 September
Today is my last day off. I've spent the last week at home, editing a manuscript that has been calling me from my desk for months. Some of my writing friends hate editing - but I really enjoy making something better, sentence by sentence - until it's as good as I can get it. Then sending it away 'on holiday' for my writing friends to read, who tell me if they like it or it really sucks (good friends can tell you that.)
And the last classic I've read this week is Jacqueline Wilson's - 'The Illustrated Mum' from 1999. This hasn't been around as long as Toad and his friends, but I'm sure will still be popular in years to come. It's a great story about two sisters dealing with a troubled Mum. She loves her tattoos, is very imaginative, impulsive and fun, but not always.... I couldn't stop reading.