There were two good things in the day today.
First, I had a 10-minute chat with Surreal Girl in Oz via MSN. It’s easy to be immune to the marvel of the Net, but having a conversation with one of your friends who is thousands of miles away qualifies as a little wonder in my neck of the woods.
Second, I sent Amie an email explaining why I did not want to start the book with a 14,000-word essay on money laundering, environmental crime and arms smuggling. Within minutes she had replied with saying: ‘I’ve done two books with you. I trust your judgement, so I’m happy to proceed as you suggest.’ Then she was straight onto asking about the operation and whether I could travel up to London for the second picture meeting. No fuss, instant backing and support from my editor. Her email probably qualifies as the nicest thing anyone has said to me all year, as I don’t think any of my friends could honestly say they trust my judgement at the moment.