Friday 29th July 2011
Well, how to begin? And how to begin to explain all of this. Why this Blog? Oh, that’s easy, this was the publisher’s idea, not mine at all. What an ugly word it is too; almost obscene – surely they could have come up with something nicer, something a bit more explanatory, a bit more expressive. But I am afraid that this is the wretched world we live in now, where the first acronym or quick and easy shortening of a few words becomes the accepted one. Like App, or Mobile, or as the Americans say Cell. It is all so quick and easy and yet really tells you nothing – it is almost a secret language, where if you aren’t “in the know”, “on the inside track”, “in the loop”, and other such nonsense then you have no idea what they mean. Which is, of course, maybe the object in the first place.
So here you find me, a complete novice, a blogging virgin one could say, attempting to put a bit of explanation behind the book. The idea, or so I am told, is that by writing this daily blog, somehow by internet wizardry of some sort people will get interested and start to read it, and maybe even comment. So go ahead. Feel free – as they say nowadays – comment away.
As you probably already know my name is Catherine, Catherine L. No, I shall not divulge my surname. I know that in my book (Catherine’s Story) I let slip that my surname was Latimer, but that’s not my name really. I mean, I had to call myself something, but for Edward’s sake (and of course that is not his real name either) I did retain a secret or two. Actually a lot more than that – even when one has a plan to be totally honest, at the last minute one tends to clam up and obfuscate, blur a few details, so as to retain, not only a bit of modesty, but also there is an inevitable loss of nerve too, so truth, as usual, becomes the first victim. Besides if one retains some details, then one can almost believe it is about someone else. It was anyway, of course. The Catherine you read about in 1972 no longer exists. She has become a different woman altogether. Maybe she was only a fleeting facet of my personality that I once, only once, let out of the box. Or out of the cupboard, as the Catherine of then would have said.
Anyway, enough for now. My publisher says I should keep these “blogs”, these little epercu’s short, so as not to bore one’s potential audience.