Yes, here we go again (or ‘we go again’ as Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool manager, likes to term it). It’s the start of the new football season and as ever my eyes will be glued to Liverpool FC’s progress this season following our God awful campaign last year. I’m pleased to report that, although we didn’t play that well, last Sunday we overturned our embarrassing 6-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City with a 1-0 victory against them! The problem with the football being back is this: I’m trying to write my new book Episode and that can only mean one word:
As if I’m not suffering with enough of that already, what with Keith and his health and my mum being poorly, it’s a wonder I’m not just hiding in the bathroom with a brown bag over my head downing a bottle of whisky, like the night in 2005 Liverpool won the Champions League in Istanbul on penalties having overturned a 3-0 deficit (well, I was in the bathroom with the door closed and the light off, pacing the floor, unable to watch – don’t do penalties – and there was no bag or whisky, but you get my drift). This time I’m determined no football is going to get in the way of my writing. There’s life after football and there’s life in my book. Even if I don’t feel like it, even if I feel down, I’m determined to write at least half an hour a day.
I’ve reached chapter five at last. As mentioned before, Episode is a loose sequel to Epiworld and focuses on Alice, who has epilepsy. She’s on holiday in the Greek island of Rhodes with her family when she has a powerful seizure. When this happens she meets someone called Siren – in Greek mythology the Sirens sit on the rocks by the sea and lure sailors to their doom with her haunting songs – but this time Siren lures Alice back in time by dragging her down through the hotel pool and she wakes up in Ancient Greece as a slave girl called Alethéia to a princess called Helen, who looks very much like her big sister Holly. Believing it to be some kind of weird dream, Alice has no idea that her seizure has caused this, until she meets Travis, our hero from Epiworld, who explains to her what’s happened. Alice doesn’t believe him, and if he’s telling the truth, just why is she there?
Now after the hassle I had when I wrote Epiworld in the first person present tense – to reflect Travis’s adventures as they happened in his timeline – I always vowed I’d never do that again because it was tough keeping it up, but I confess I’m been writing Episode that way. I’m thinking, though, that I might change it, possibly letting Travis tell the story, like Dr Watson narrating for Sherlock Holmes, but I haven’t come to a decision about that yet.
Either way, I have to write at least half an hour every day and I can’t let any possible rubbish LFC form spoil my writing (#negativealert, sorry!). Tomorrow (Monday) we play newly promoted Bournemouth at home in the evening and I have to stay off Twitter for my matchly moan until I’ve written a good chunk of my chapter!
*Update: sorry, I just got distracted! Chelsea were beaten 3-0 by Man City this afternoon! Cheered me up no end, that has! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂