the mills and boon writer

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She sits at the desk, tapping keys

On a word processor from the eighties,

Drinking gin and tonic with an olive

Speared by a cocktail stick. She needs

To be a little bit drunk to write these scenes

Where hands roam freely over muscular bodies,

Attracted by his money, of course.

She looks at the little words counter,

Sixty thousand done and the gin bottle

Lying empty in the waste paper basket.

Think of the money, she says as her dreams

Of being a Booker Prize winner

Flitter away on a summer breeze.

4 thoughts on “the mills and boon writer

  1. Margot Kinberg

    That’s some powerful mental imagery, Rachel! So many people have that sense of frustration, I think. They want desperately to ‘make it’ as writers (or something else, for the matter of that), and you capture that thwarted desire beautifully.

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