I am standing in the middle of a traffic island in rush hour traffic at the junction of St Martin’s lane and Long Acre. And I’m having an in depth quite serious conversation whilst people in suits rush past as though the end of the world is nigh. The conversation goes something like this:

But do you think teenage love triangles are a bit you know clichéd nowadays? You know – Edward Bella Jacob – Katniss Gale PeetaDamon and those other two other annoying ones (admittedly here I’m thinking of the tv show and not the books)?

And so what if the shapeshifter is actually… and the girl ends up having to kill him? And yes of course he’s hot. He’s like Edward Cullen crossed with Damon crossed with Eric Northman then timesed by a billion.

And I was thinking when the Hunters come after them… and the one with the tail goes all nutso and he has to choose who to save…(it’s so like Sophie’s choice it’s not true) and I have the most awesome first kiss scene written. It’s very, very hot. Well at least as hot as is allowed for young adult fiction (and here I wonder whether erotic fiction might actually be my talent).

And then we start debating the merits of first person narrative over third person. And at that point I look around me at the swamping crowds and realize that I do in fact have the most ridiculously amazing job in the world. (Actually can I really call it a job when all I do is actually make crazy stuff up and write it down?)

And on the tube on the way home with all these suited city types (and if you’ve followed me for a while you’ll remember my hooker-esque feelings upon leaving London regarding men in suits) I find myself delighting in the fact I have a way of making money (cos really I feel uncomfortable calling it a job) that allows me to frequent Gay bars and read trashy fiction for ahum research purposes and look up male models for ahum research purposes and then stand on street corners discussing the merits of vampires over demon slayers in a completely non-ironic way with someone who actually makes very lucrative deals with big publishing houses on just this very thing.

Life has taken a very surreal turn. And I must say I’m liking it exceedingly much.

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