Thursday interview: Curtis

Perfume Island Curtis Bausse

Um, Curtis, nice as it is if you to come along to be interviewed, I already have a schedule extending a couple of months. But since this is your own blog, you’ve given yourself the right to barge to the top of the list. I assume there’s a good reason for this.

I’m a narcissist. There’s nothing I like more than interviewing myself.

I take it that’s a joke, right? Actually, what I heard was that you’re stopping Pic’n’Post. Rumour has it tomorrow’s will be the last. Is it true?

Not just Pic’n’Post. The whole blog.

What? No way! But you can’t do that!

Well, it’s my blog, isn’t it? Of course I can.

But why?

I’m in the middle of Perfume Island, the sequel to One Green Bottle. Not the middle, really, I’m three quarters done and I have to get it finished. I did nothing for six whole weeks over Christmas. I got back to Mayotte two days ago and I’ve just got back into the swing. I need another three months of sustained concentration. So the blog, I’m afraid, has to go.

You mean for good? After putting in all that effort?

Oh, no. I hope to be back before the summer. But we’ll see. I’m making no definite plans.

And in the meantime, nothing at all?

There’ll be posts on Curtis Bausse Books. You know,  about writing and so on. A bit more serious, though I’ll keep it light-hearted all the same. And on this one, I might make an exception for Matt’s Flash Fiction Foray. I’ve been doing it for a while and I’m kind of hooked. I’d never done flash fiction before and I find it a great exercise. Like doing a 100 metre sprint as opposed to the marathon of a novel – if you’ll accept the comparison from such a terrible athlete.

OK, so it’s not a complete disappearance. And the sooner you finish Perfume Island, the sooner you’ll be back blogging.

Well, yes, but it’s not a race. I set myself deadlines but it won’t be finished till I’m satisfied.

But you never are, though. Surely that’s a problem?

OK, I mean satisfied enough. It’ll never be to my satisfaction but I’ll get to the point where any changes I make aren’t going to improve it.

I see. Well, I hope it goes well. I’ll do my best to help.

Very kind of you, Curtis. Thank you.

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26 thoughts on “Thursday interview: Curtis

  1. What are you doing to us?????? It’s no fair!!!!! I enjoy a lot with your interviwes… usually they are very funny and they make me smile… which is very important mowdays!!!!! PLEASE don’t be away for long!!!!!
    I wish the best with your writing!!!!!! Cheers!!!!!

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  2. Best wishe for getting the sequel to ONe Green Bottle Curtis – I look forward to reading it. Believe it or not I’ve been thinking about that amazon review I promised — sign, another promise, but I will get there. eventually. I’m just back in blogsville myself, it takes a bit of adjusting and can be a huge time waster. so i think your plan is good – focus on the writing! Good luck with it 🙂

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    • Thanks, Debbie – nice to see you back, and all the best for the coming year. Hoping you’ll make good progress on your own novel, which I’m already eager to read! You’re quite right – fun as it is, blogging does take up a lot of time, so I just need this spurt of writing to finish the sequel. Then I’ll be back!

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