Well I had a day off yesterday as everybody will probably be relieved to hear. Very busy writing in the afternoon but then had a visitor in the evening, so never really got a chance to do anything.
As a matter of fact, I got a telephone call from Yorkshire not long before 7 from one of the very people I had included in a chapter I had just completed a little earlier. I had to cut this short as the doorbell went about 7 and I thought it was my visitor turning up a little earlier. It wasn’t. It was the guy with my cigarettes! But she still came later.
The person called on my answer-machine phone and then I couldn’t cut the machine off and it went on recording making a horrible ’feed back’ noise so I asked her to call back on another number. Unfortunately, the line goes through the same spur so ended up recording it anyway which I really didn’t want to happen – especially as I was recording myself as well!. Anyway, when I heard the bell, I asked the person to call back this evening which she duly did.
The conversation was about the situation in hand, and which I’d actually been writing about. Well, some people do call me psychic; or maybe she was! Whatever, I cannot report personal conversations here (or anywhere else for that matter unless they relate to public statements made about myself); or I could do but quite frankly I do have some principles!
Suffice it is to say, that I hope I clarified the position a little; especially my chapter which includes ‘supping with the devil’.
Apart from that all is ‘Quiet On the Western Front‘ – although it won’t be when the book comes out! I can say here though, that I will probably be sending an advance copy of the text to the person who phoned so it can be checked for accuracy. It will not be to invite comment, as these have already been made in public abundance. It will be simply to confirm that I have got names, times and events correct. The other people concerned will not be getting any advanced copy; though they will probably be able to obtain one from the relevant authorities if they want to.
Actually, I am under no obligation to send advance text to anyone, but under the circumstances, some people might just enjoy it!
Had quite a busy day earlier. Got a new printer for one thing, but have to wait for someone to install it. In fact, there is nothing wrong with the old one, it some just ‘unprogrammed’ itself, so I’ll get them to do that too at the same time. Well, then I’ll have a printer for each computer. And when I get the other two back, I’ll have 4 operational computers! Haven’t really got room for them all; a couple will really just have to go next door. Too cold to work in there in the winter, as I’ve said, but then I can only use one at a time!
So, no more news really for the moment. There will be soon though. Just take my word for it!