Reasons to be Cheerful – Part III (With thanks and apologies to Ian Drury)

I’m not feeling particularly cheerful this morning. I have two weeks left to my deadline and there’s still so much more I’d like to do to the manuscript of India Dark that a weird paralysis has set in. I’d like to get back into bed and give up on the day before it’s properly started.

I’m also feeling pretty grumpy about the fact I’ve scored a big ‘FAIL’ on my new year’s resolution to be more diligent about blogging. But maybe that’s why today is a good day to write about cheerfulness because it’s the opposite of what I feel. Writing isn’t always a cheerful business. It’s so easy to lose perspective, to lose confidence in your ability, to worry that you can’t maintain your stamina to the end of a long piece of writing.

This morning, I found myself muttering the lyrics to Ian Drury’s ‘Reasons to be Cheerful – Part III. I loved this song when it first came out in 1979. It’s a perfect antidote to gloom.

You can find a short version of ‘Reasons to be Cheerful – Part III’ that Drury performed on Countdown with good sound but terrible visuals. Or if you’re a hard core Ian Drury fan, you can watch the long version from a gig at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1985.

Writing a great novel or winning a marathon are worth celebrating but cheerfulness is a pair of yellow socks. Days like this, I have to remind myself of that fact. That joy is in the little things – like the gorgeous cherry tomatoes that are clustering on vines outside my office.

Maybe I’ll just have to go and grab a handful of them to make the writing morning sweeter.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Books are windows into other ways of being.”

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