Some of you may remember the black comedy "Throw Momma from the Train" starring Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito. In the movie, Crystal plays the character Larry Donner, a writing tutor and frustrated novelist, while DeVito plays the part of his student, Owen Lift. Larry has terrible writer's block. He can't get beyond, "The night was…" on his very first page. What was the night? Was it humid? Maybe it was wet. Was it hot and wet? But that's humid! As the story unfolds, Owen gets the hapless Larry into a quite unexpected trouble but those troubles finally get Larry over his writer's block once and for all.
Writing a novel is not a quick process. And while I don't have a shortage of good ideas - and hence no need for my own version of Owen Lift to come along and turn my life upside down - it does mean a long time without the chance to say anything to you, my readers. So, in the meantime, while I work on my own variation of "The night was…" I thought I'd take the chance to occasionally note down some of my thoughts and happenings.