Finished …. not quite

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“I set off to walk the country of Suffolk, in the hope of dispelling the emptiness that takes hold of me whenever I have completed a long stint of work.” Sebald, The Rings of Saturn.

Just before we left to go away I finished writing a book – yes this book. A book that has been living with me for about 20 years on and off, but mainly off. I sent it to the publisher. I am happy with it. It is a good piece of scholarship and I think it also subtly undermines the entire discipline of History too which is an added advantage.

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As soon as I sent it off, I got sick. I was exhausted. Finishing it, letting it go, left me hollow.

Spending a week walking and swimming along the coast of Suffolk and reading poetry has miraculously put me back together again.

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We are now home and I am ready to work on finishing the next book which is due to go to the publisher at the end of the year.

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Just for the record though and please remind me of this, if I ever forget – I am never, ever, ever again agreeing to finish three books (on vastly different subjects) in one year. I feel that doing this might break me completely.

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More on our walks, swims and food over the next few days – we had pretty much no internet or phone when we were away.

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N.B. Shall we just not mention the fact that Mark and I also agreed to do a substantial rewrite for the second edition of Doing History for next December – and that (quite excitingly) we are working on a special edition of a journal writing and editing pieces by various video artists, photographers etc. Hands over ears … la la la la la… I can’t hear you.

N.B. And I am certainly not mentioning the other little article that I thought might have been forgotten by the editors but that they now want asap …. eek.

N.B. I would tell the bees about my work worries, but they just look at me with incomprehension.

4 responses to “Finished …. not quite

  1. Three books in a year???? Hats off to you, one is more than enough for me.
    I’ve had various side projects on the go so if I got rid of those I could almost squeeze a second book in but it’s not realistic.
    I think you have earned your break.

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