12th February, 2017.
You know, I felt I should maybe write.
Which is a little non-specific, I know.
I could be writing a lot …
A poem … a song … a teaser …
All sorts of things.
But I wanted something known.
Can I explain something, here?
I’m a fan of the late Sir Terry Pratchett: and have been for years.
So news of his Alzheimer’s was genuinely distressing.
His campaign for the right to an assisted suicide?
Again, upsetting: although, whilst it’s something I’d not won’t for myself, the idea that it should be put into UK law is something I’ve concluded must happen.
Just because I don’t want one, doesn’t mean you can’t have that death.
The news of his death … ?
You can imagine.
As for reading his last book, the posthumously published The Shepard’s Crown?
That took a while.
Especially when I read the dedication.
I had to put the thing down for a week, before I went back to it.
At any rate … ?
At any rate, I thought I should tell you I’ve just sat down to make use of the BBC’s iPlayer app.
To catch Back in Black, their potted biography of the author: complete with Paul Kaye as the man himself.
I think …
Well, I think a lot of things.
I think it’s fine, as it stands.
But, boy, I wish it were longer.
But for me?
For me, it closes a chapter: I can slowly stop mourning for my favourite writer.
Although I’m very aware the same won’t be true for his close friends and family.
Seeing Neil Gaiman deliver a line about Terry’s sense of anger, being one of the things that powered his own writing?
Reminds me of why I starting blogging.
I was bloody annoyed that there weren’t enough free quiz questions I could access for the quizzes I’d been hired to run.
And determined to do something about it.
Anger … ? And eight or so years worth of quiz questions, later … ?
There’s a now gone fantasy writer, and former journalist I owe a nod of thanks too.
Thank you, Terry Pratchett.