...this writer is: JF Rodrigues
He's put a bet on himself at William Hill that he'll win the Man Booker before he's 60. (He's 47 now.)
It's ambitious, driven - I won't be doing it myself but whatever gets you motivated, right?
My favourite grape variety in white wine is Sauvignon (this is relevant, honest) and knowing that the Sancerre region of France is famed for its Sauv Blanc I asked Mario to buy me a bottle last Christmas so I could save it and open it when I'd finished writing something longer than a short story.
11 months on and it still sits atop the kitchen top.
(Now I must reassure myself) Don't panic, Teresa! You are a bitty writer, you write a bit here, a bit there, work on several things at once, all is not lost, etc etc.
ANYWAY. That wine is my motivator. But I'm worried now - how long will it stay 'good'? It says 2009 on it - how long have I got???
What about you, do you have anything set up to motivate you?