She now realised she had moved through her adult life with an increasing sense of self-obligation; she was operating against a default equation which meant every time someone changed one of the variables she was forcing herself to re-solve the algebra.

Having left the draft to mature for a small number of months, I’m currently going through the first edit of my next novel (which will see the light of day in the New Year). One of the joys of doing so is coming across small segments, snippets, which I find I’m so pleased to have written.

Apropos of nothing I offer the one above…