On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Wrapping up loose ends

After reading all three volumes of Jeffrey Archer's prison diaries I was curious to know what his detective writing was like as that is his primary genre. 

I wasn't disappointed. I read through all fourteen of these short stories in just a few evenings because I had to see how each one ended and then move on to the next and the next. The author is a master in the unexpected ending and he thrives on irony.

Soon I'll be reading a full length detective novel by Archer and I'm certain to enjoy that just as much.

Brix was asleep on the sofa while I was half watching a TV program. The other half of my attention was in drawing him in black ink in my current sketchbook.

I am suddenly anxious to rip through the final 19 pages of this 120 page book. The best work was in the beginning, which is what happened in the last two books. I seem to do well for about 50 pages, then hit some horrid slump and drag myself through the rest until I get excited again in the last 20 pages.

I don't know what that is about. The remedy is obvious: I should choose 50-page sketchbooks!


  1. Anonymous10:09 PM

    Have to laugh re 50 page sketchbook. Perfect solution. But the sketch of Brix really caught my attention. It's very nice - you captured the feel of "dog at rest". (happy to have to book recommendation too)

  2. This is one of your best of Brix.


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