Wednesday, July 14, 2010

195. Heart starter

Walking down Oxford Street in the morning peak, one is accompanied by coffee junkies. That essential heart-starter, that kick in the solar-plexus as only caffeine can. The craving wears off during the day, returning late in the evening, whilst sprawled on the sofa with a brittle dark chocolate, open at page 183 of the latest page-turner.

As I lay sprawled last evening, the book limp, I mulled over a line heard peripherally, one that resonates and insistently niggles at the consciousness and the conscience. ‘Corrosive aimlessness’ lodged in my brain as relevant to my life and the lives of others. The full quote was ‘without work comes corrosive aimlessness’. This, of course, is a plug-compatible expression, redolent of that Sussan advert ‘this goes with that’. One could substitute endlessly: without work comes penury; without god comes corrosive aimlessness; without love comes loneliness. To each his own rhapsody on the theme.


Joan Elizabeth said...

Oooh I like this. Firstly I started thinking about that heart starter thing ... I've never been coffee drinker and gave up tea at the tender age of 8 so I was wondering about that need for an external kick to start the day.

Then page 183. When you use ebooks the number of pages in a chapter can be quite alarming because the pages are very short if you read in bigish print. I noticed the book I was reading last night had 300 pages in a single chapter!

Now for the "corrosive aimlessness" I was only thinking as I read the Eye today what superb writing skill you have and what a treasure you might write if you settled to something longer ... then I said to myself ... Julie is fancy free, let her choose her own path ... perhaps in time. Then again the this-goes-with-that lifestyle will keep on producing these little jewels of delight.

Julie said...


Julie said...

The Eye was double the length of a Riff. I just wrote until the idea was complete.

I get nervous about anything else, mainly because I slot into the genre known as 'literary' which seems to be for people who are up themselves and don't realise that stories have to have a beginning, middle and year and be strongly paced.

Clytie said...

Yes to what Joan Elizabeth said! I'm so glad you are choosing your own path - and that your path has crossed mine. You really are a superb writer ... I enjoy the treasures you leave for me to uncover.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I agree your work would fit into the 'literary' genre and that many such writers do seem to be up themselves. But there is some jolly good story telling out there in the literary world and you could add to it.