A leaky heart valve focus’s the mind, no more dithering over one word or sentence, it had to be ‘publish and be damned’. OK that’s a bit dramatic, I couldn’t finish the whole book anyway. So, I will be gathering my notes together to carry on where I left off.
The cause of this urgency was one of my Mother’s favourite sayings, ‘Just in Case’, I had confidence in the surgical team of course but my mother’s three little words persisted, so I published what I had.
Fortunately, the surgical team was under no pressure from my Mum and completed their work without fault. I was awake during the operation and watched it on a large TV screen. I felt very humbled for heeding my Mothers words. The confidence and skill of the surgeons in the Wythenshaw Hospital is breath-taking.
While sorting my stories (they are a total mess) I have thought of the perfect excuse. As I have probably mentioned before, I left school being hardly able to string a sentence together, I doubt if I even knew what a sentence was, let alone those other things like verbs or nouns—I’m not too sure now!
So, to give the stories a bit more drama and make the reader react—probably with a grimace. I have included some deliberate mistakes, like using the wrong tense or repeating a word several times in a sentence. It will be like one those puzzles where you have to find the hidden word—but very much easier. There are no prizes for the person that spots them all by the way.