Actually, I’m already gone. I just don’t believe it yet. But I have been in London for almost 12 hours now, of which 4 were in the BL, and now I’m in my tiny hotel room, on the top floor, staring out into the sea of green leaves stirring in the wind outside. My favorite place to write is staring out into treetops . . . and my favorite place to live is a city (some more than others, but city rather than countryside of whatever variety). It can be difficult to combine these preferences, but right now I am very happy.
People I know kept saying, “London! How exciting! You’ll have such a great time!” and I would smile and say Yes, I will.
But I bet most of them were thinking, “Theater! Sight-seeing! Shopping! Night life! Historical atmosphere!” whereas my thought bubble read, “Get up early and go for a run! The reading rooms open at 10:00! Lunch at 1:00, then more manuscripts! Tea when they close up at 5:00, come back and work on other projects until 8:00! After closing, get a snack, call Sir John or do e-mail, fall in to bed, repeat until Sunday! What a wonderful life!”