Daily archives: July 15, 2003

Writing to Reach You

Post & Publish, when I get back to it, is a tale of the life, friends and (mostly failed) loves of a thirtysomething blogger. As it’s so obviously biographical, I have to be very aware of the dangers of fictionalising real people.

I’m already working under an unspoken (mostly, at least one person has it in writing) promise of discretion in blogging about the affairs of friends and family. But fiction is different. I build my characters bit by bit, each new detail being like those little revelations you get in any relationship. Which should be fine and create unique individuals, except that the details are almost all based upon observations. One gay character in Another Education was, in all other respects and completely unconciously, a fair representation of a good friend.

Thankfully he didn’t seem to mind. But he did keep calling me Darling for a few months afterward.

slightly smaller than Oregon

I’ve just discovered the CIA World Factbook. It’s full of useful information, like the following, about Antarctica-

Land use:

arable land: 0%

permanent crops: 0%

other: 100% (ice 98%, barren rock 2%) (1998 est.)

Irrigated land:

0 sq km (1998 est.)

(And yes, as suggested in Spooks last night, the title is the comparative size of our great land.)