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.
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.