Candice: Yes really, we were pole dancing in the office, it was a very progressive place, this quango.
No, seriously, back in the time line of how this little beauty of a book came about there were some very weird situations.
Once we got in the flow of writing, ideas came thick and fast, some of them autobiographical and some I have no idea where they came from but they just popped into my head.
So Phil and I would be writing chapters at home and then emailing them to work for the other to critique. Sometimes, due to the fact the company was closing down and work was getting thin on the ground, we could crack on with editing and doing some writing in the office. Being a progressive company we were allowed to wear iPods, and once the Pod went on I’d disappear into the world of KOD never to be seen again. In fact the number of times an email came in to do some work and I’d be like, “Hang on, I’m right in the middle of something, and now you want me to do some WORK!”
So imagine the surrealness, sat in an open plan office of about 40 people, who are in differing states of depression due to the fact they have just been given their marching orders, and you are chortling in the corner because you’ve written a cracking line or Phil’s sent a suggestion over.
The number of times I had to pretend I had something stuck in my throat, “No I’m not laughing, honest!”
So, we come to the pole dancing. To create tension, Kate has a love interest, Dave, her old university flame; but a co-worker takes a fancy to him too. Now imagine Tracey, we all have one in the office; office flirt, likes to wear minimal clothing what ever the weather or situation, and if you see a man you like, she wants him too! But our Tracey has a taste for clothes from net a porter, due to her inheritance, and for tequila. One too many and she’s pole dancing for Dave.
So I’m busily writing this situation and around me people are making tea, discussing office politics and getting more documents printed. Too bizarre for words!
Of course there would be cake too – as that always helped the creative processes. Today’s representation is from yumm in Zellig at the Custard Factory – topped with a red nose to celebrate comic relief.