A Confession

I bought a thing.

It’s a new thing, it’s something I’ve thought about for a very long time. And it’s scary. Why? Because it’s a whole new skill, and it’s right outside my comfortzone. I could well fuck it up.

And it’s the first time in ten or twelve years that I’ve bought a toy. I don’t mean a Pop! Vinyl, I mean something to ease me through my mid-life crisis, something reckless I don’t actually need. It’s something I’ve been promising myself – when I get the book deal, when the first one comes out, when I finish the last one, when the house move is done, when the chaos is finally over…

So, I bought a thing.

It’s a not a large and foolish motorcycle, so I can impress women of twenty-two with my throbbing engine noise… it’s a Canon EOS 1300D, a proper digital SLR. At the moment, it has so many bells and whistles that I expect it to make me tea, but I guess I’ll just have to learn.

I’m nervous, and slightly wide-eyed, and exhilarated at the prospect of a whole new skill. But breaking our of your comfortzone is good for you – right?- so watch this space for clumsy first attempts, and endless pictures of the cat…

My first picture, by Danie, aged 47 3/4.