There are moments in life – say a Tuesday morning when you left your freelance writer partner in bed listening to The News Quiz whilst you went off to work – when you wonder if you’ve made bad choices. Not about the partner, who is a delight, but about giving up on freelancing in favour of a job that actually pays you something.
I did an interview for the STV website yesterday, which you can read here if you’d like a little more information on this project.
One of the questions asked that didn’t make it into the article – possibly because I was a little thrown and babbled a bit! – was ‘what do you hope to achieve with this project?’ I found it interesting because it made me think.
If I’m being completely honest, I’m doing it because I want to be noticed. More than that, I want someone to notice and go “hey, she’s good, maybe we should pay her a sum of several pounds to write some things.” In fact, I blogged on the subject of freelancing and its frustratingly voluntary nature here only a week ago.
I am slightly worried that this answer is too cynical for a quirky project like this. I’d love to say I’m doing it purely for my love of telling stories, but I’d be lying. I do love telling stories, but ultimately I have rent to pay. Sorry, idealists. Having said that, I want to pay it by doing something I love, which is pretty idealistic… Oh, but I also hope to improve my writing style immeasurably in a comparatively short period of time. So there’s a less materialistic concern for you!
In news more pertinent to book one, why do I know nothing about Ancient Rome? According to the laws of childhood – as set out in the finale of the last series of Doctor Who – everyone does ‘Romans‘ in primary school. So why is all my research new to me?! Amy Pond is not significantly younger than I am! I think maybe we did Tudors and Stuarts an extra time…
And it’s not particularly useful, but I liked the line in I Clavdivs that Livia Drusilla (Caligula’s grandmother) was once bitten by a snake, which promptly died. Because she’s venomous, do you see?! Siân Phillips did a cracking ‘evil schemer’ in that show.