What I Have Been Doing Lately
Today’s choice is taken from a collection I’ve had on my bookshelf since 1987. This I know, because as I opened its pages a postcard from my good friend K fell out. The smudged, ink message read as follows
” Happy Birthday W. Hope you enjoy this book – it looks quite readable – if nothing else it’ll fill up the Habitat bookshelves. By the way I don’t know what happened to ‘The Secret Self mark 1, but if I ever find out you’ll get it for Christmas.”
What a delight to find a little bit off my personal history tucked safely inside The Secret Self/2 Short Stories by Women. The collection was selected and introduced by Hermione Lee. So this is what I was reading thirty years ago in between dealing with a new home, a young child and work. I double whether I would have picked it off the bookshelf if it hadn’t been for One a Day. Never did track down Mark 1, but then the internet wasn’t available back then.
As for the story … What I Have Been Doing Lately, is an account of what the narrator as been doing lately, seen through a dreamlike state and written as a stream of consciousness.
There is a PDF of the story available but I’ve been unable to paste the link.