No, Bruce, no worries!

It's neat to hear your thoughts on the artistic process, particularly your experiences with it and the idea of setting and audience influencing the whole product. That's clearly a part of the nekkid men around London.

There's a nifty art museum in Glasgow, that is placed in an old estate. It was one of those stunning personal collections, full of masterpieces and it included many medieval stone doorways and arches from castles and churches across Europe. A wing was built to house the artwork, and the setting has become one of the most stunning things about the collection. The doorways and arches were built into the wing, connecting the various rooms, so they continued in their intended function.

What was most spectacular was how the art was hung. The wing has many all-glass walls that look out onto the lovely grounds and surrounding woods, and the art is hung on the glass so it's surrounded by all that natural beauty.

As I was writing my book, my friend Marcia, the artist who supplied the pen & ink drawings for my chapters, kept telling me how writing was an art. I argued, no way - writing is simply writing. But I had only ever written non-fiction before. I grew to see how fiction really is an art, and how my creative process is more similar to hers as a painter, or another friend's who's a sculptor, than it is different.

I'll have to think about setting as far as my writing, and the audience reaction contributing to the whole. Interesting thoughts though!