I'm fairly sure babies and young children are psychic on some level, or at the very least they're extremely sensitive to their subconscious. I thought I was being clever getting out of bed early these past two mornings and both times, A. was awake within minutes of me sitting down with my coffee. Any hope of picturesque writing - the sort where I gaze longingly out a window before putting pen to paper - was trashed when I gave birth...

1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house
4. Be in love with yr life
5. Something that you feel will find its own form
6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor...