The Purple Suede Book

I am currently writing my memoir, With the Kisses of His Mouth. It is completely gripping – at least to me anyway. Writers alwasy take notes. But in the last two or three years, these notes have been mostly blue. Pornagraphic, that is.

I have written a lot of my blue notes in a purple suede book. It was a gift to me from my colleagues at the Arvon Foundation. I am now rereading what has been written in the purple suede book and blushing like a child. I am so glad I took these notes. Otherwise much adventures would have been forgotten. So today and for the coming weeks I set myself the task of transcribing these blue notes into prose.

Oh dear.

I have eaten very little today. Some toast, some clear broth. I am wearing my pyjamas and it is 2pm. I have spoken to my poet flatmate today. Later he will paint the stairs. I will haul my fat arse to the gym.

It is my priviledge, as a writer, to be such a slattern.

Still, I will avoid the human beings of the opposite sex.

I am in the zone, as they say.


~ by moniqueroffey on April 21, 2009.

3 Responses to “The Purple Suede Book”

  1. Apparently the novelist Barbara Trapido claimed she became a novelist because she wanted a job where she could sit around in her pyjamas all day, eating sweets and talking to made-up people. So you’re doing it properly, Mon – living the authentic ‘writer’s life.’ I’m really jealous. I spent the morning teaching and the afternoon in an airless room in a really boring meeting discussing the closure of all the creative writing classes at Sussex University, while the birds frolicked in the trees in the glorious Spring sunshine outside. My notebook is full of ideas that refuse to go anywhere (and hardly any sex). I’d say you had the better day! xxx

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