Susan Grossey

And on the fifth day…

…she wrote again.  Yes, it’s day five in the house of retreat, and I can report that yesterday I wrote a wonderful 2,257 words (the words themselves might not be wonderful, but the total is) and today it was 2,016.

I am finally starting to reap the benefits of retreat.  Because I am thinking so intensively about “Plank 3” and not interspersing it with other work, ideas are starting to bubble up.  I was on a short perambulation yesterday afternoon when I had a Big Realisation about Sam’s take on the crimes in “Plank 3”.  Then last night I went to sleep with the thought that I need a bit more humour in this book (it’s a dark subject, child prostitution and blackmail) and this morning a whole comic scene came out, involving a character and a location that I had not even thought of yesterday.  It’s a terrific computer, the brain, when not overloaded.

Thank you for the new title votes.  Current favourite is “The Worm in the Blossom”, which could become “A Worm in the Blossom”, or just “Worm in the Blossom”.  I’ve checked Amazon, and surprisingly there are no other books with this title – the search just throws up a few tomes on plant diseases.  Despite their longer published titles, I refer to book one as “Forgery” and book two as “Canary”, so I suppose this might end up as “Worm”.  But there’s still plenty to play for – I don’t need to make a final decision for another three or four weeks.


  1. Graham Avatar

    Dear Susan

    It’s great to hear that your retreat is starting to pay dividends, and that your creative side is still generating new plot twists and snippets in amongst all of the other elements needed to bring the book together.

    I’m pleased to see that “The Worm in the Blossom” has taken the lead as it got my vote.

    Best wishes


  2. ihatemoneylaundering Avatar

    Hello Graham
    Today – being Wednesday – is when I am permitted to read emails and connect with the outside world! Yes, it’s all starting to look good – a bit scary as I see the end in sight…
    And I’m glad your favoured title is the front runner – I keep saying it to myself, to see if it sounds right. That’s what working alone does to you – you talk to yourself.
    Best wishes from Susan

  3. Roy McCarthy Avatar
    Roy McCarthy

    That might get a few unexpected sales from gardening types Susan?

  4. ihatemoneylaundering Avatar

    Good plan, Roy! It reminds me of Alan Coren, who – having discerned that the three best-selling topics for books were golfing, cats and Hitler – published a collection of his writing under the title “Golfing for Cats”, and put a swastika on the cover. Golf and Hitler are perhaps not suitable, but surely I can get a cat in there somewhere…
    Best wishes from Susan

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