Good news today. My friend Vee's poem, 'Father', is to be published. William Thirsk-Gaskill reminded us of the launch of the 2012 'Grist' poetry anthology, in which three of his poems are included. It's too easy to put poets and writers on a pedestal, so it's good to see ordinary people, with hard work and talent, making a success of their writing.
Although not on the same scale, I'll consider my day successful too. The Zola/Hardy essay is taking shape which is no bad thing since the deadline is tomorrow.
We're finally replacing our sixteen-year old cathode ray TV with a flat screen one. Trying to watch 'Zookeeper' with a view the size of a letterbox was the final straw. So, on Saturday we'll be able to watch Sky Sports in glorious 40 inch LED technicolour. I can hardly wait.
Finally, a poem by another one of my Open University friends inspired me to write a poem of my own about my grandmother.
So, all in all, I'll call this a day well spent.