Photo of artefact at the British MuseumWell it’s 2pm and I haven’t written a single word. I haven’t even opened my manuscript. So, what have I been doing?

  •  Messing about on Facebook and Twitter
  •  Talking on the phone to an old friend
  • Ordering new printer ink
  • Making cups of tea
  • Playing solitaire
  • Trying a new app that’s supposed to help you when you doing what I’m doing right now – procrastinating – big fail
  • Answering queries on Make it and Mend it
  • Doing a spot of background reading on 1936 London
  • Now writing this blog post!

I did say when I wrote about my trip to the British Museum the other day that I would reveal what looking at the Parthenon Marbles has to do with my writing about Australia and India. Well absolutely nothing. And that’s the point. I like to take myself off somewhere or do something each week that’s just a treat for me, in the hope that I will make some magical serendipitous connection and get divine inspiration from an unexpected quarter. (I did have a look at some of the Hindu statuary – but it was rather gloomy and hard to see them very well – here’s one of Ganesh.) Unfortunately as a result I have added to my procrastination opportunities by opening up a new conversation on Twitter and acquiring new followers on the subject of the restitution of cultural objects. Oh dear. Not part of the plan at all. But nice to talk to so many new and interesting people from all around the world.

The key conclusion I’ve reached is that the only way ahead is to just do it, so as soon as I post this I’m going to open Scrivener and get going. I’ll come back and add a comment later to say whether I managed or not.

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