On top of which, I’m still struggling to get back on form and find my pre-January self again. The frustration is, well, frustrating. I look fine, I’m almost up and running in my everyday activities, and I thus should be fine. I’m not. I try not to think about it. But I do. And I’m not.
I have therefore been trying to cheer myself up by throwing myself into guaranteed mirth. And Saki has been my chosen vessel. Although it must be said that he can be a tad dark at times and I do wonder at the wisdom of my choice. But I have persisted. And have absolutely delighted in his eloquence.
Saki is the master of the short story. I think I’m stuck in the genre. But that’s not always a bad thing. I was actually introduced to him during my A-levels many moons ago. The Open Window was part of a collection of short stories we were studying at the time. It stayed with me. The collection I’m now reading confirms it was not a one-off.
Featuring heavily are animals with colourful characters and youngsters with vivid imaginations, who artfully execute their playful and sometimes horrifying plots. Clovis is a staple character from one story to the next, injecting a particular brand of wit, and undermining all innocence. He is, it must be said, worse than a rogue. It’s bizarre, and yet somewhat comforting, that he turns up so consistently. Like the proverbial bad penny. Bad.
But my endeavours at distracting myself from my wallowing do not end there. I have to admit that I have finally been buying a Kindle. I know! Despite all my former reticence, I am very excited. It's been somewhat of a process, but I was not to be rushed. The three versions available required much mulling over, as did the variety of covers in the variety of colours. I finally did it though. It's now purchased but not yet delivered. Five days and counting.
I have also allowed myself to take a sneak peek at the literary delights available to me now that I've joined the Kindlers. Therapeutic cyber window shopping. There is a whole new universe of the written page out there just waiting to eat up my salary. And at jolly interesting prices too, I might add. Did I mention that I was excited?? Little things, little minds, and all that. This will not be the last you hear of this...