Although the manuscript is finished, there will always be just one more tweak to make. I was due to drive to Gatwick today to pick up husband from the airport (Jct 7, M25), and thought I could do a few final checks on some rogue references at the National Archives (Jct 1A, M4). A massive queue […]
Writing and Researching
Two friends, architectural historians (one a qualified architect), came to dinner last night. I gave them mini goat’s cheese omelettes, pheasant casserole and rhubarb compote with sorbet. They gave me comments on the ground plan showing the likely location of the furnaces under the House of Lords. A fair exchange, I thought.
I want the structure of the book to reflect the course of the fire. Could this be why then, because I doused the flames with powerful jets from the great floating engine in chapters 12 and 13, I am now having problems getting any energy into my final chapters 14 and 15?
Spent this weekend working on chapter 12. Got stuck, so fiddled about with the bibliography, note on sources and acknowledgements. Important to keep writing something, I think. Seems harder now light is visible at the end of the tunnel, though.
Sent off chapters 7 to 10 today to my prospective agent, at the end of a day of leave. Feel very pleased. Also sailed over the 99,000 word mark with some last minute splicing in of new sources. One of my favourite bits added today: Contemporaries described the fire as (amongst other things), “fearfully imposing” […]
I write in the cellar, which also doubles as a dining room. I also share it with the washing and the hoover. Here is the view this afternoon as I finish off chapter 11. Of particular note is the ubiquitous diet coke can, and my cat in a warm spot by the radiator. The cat also […]