My lovely Bologna room mate, Candy Gourlay, told me her daughter was trying to spot her mum in my Bologna foxes picture, so I painted one specially for Candy. Once I woke up around three in the morning and Candy was still tapping away on her laptop, working on her latest novel. She has kids, and I think she does that a lot. Who needs to sleep, anyway. My friend Laura Hurwitz (also a beloved book fair room mate) has six kids and still writes novels on a regular basis, totally amazing.
Chris Mould just sent this photo of the two of us having Italian sludge coffee in Bologna (which was actually very drinkable with two packs of sugar), and I discovered he has a more interesting website here, with lovely artwork, sound effects that made me giggle, and downloadable first chapters of his books.
I've written three more Write Away reviews, this brings my total to 31 so far:
* The Crocodile Blues by Coleman Polhemus (This book's remarkable; after I finished reading it, I found myself staring at it and blinking a lot.)
* Carnival of Colours by Hervé Tullet
* Bob & Co. by Delphine Durand
So now I am working away on some more comics, but as I work, I keep looking out the window in front of my desk. Right now I can count 23 construction workers and 13 pieces of heavy machinery, not including cars, vans, portaloos and trailers. I think I will start charging admission for little Bob the Builder fans to come up and have an exclusive ringside view of all this excitement.