But I digress, (which sounds far better than I waffle). As a result of the ahem, results, I've been editing. Which brings me to writing - and The Cave. Why do we go to a writing cave? They're generally cold, damp, dark holes in the ground. Not in the least conducive to writing a masterpiece in my humble opinion.
So, this begs the question: Why a cave? Why not say, a sumptuous palace, decadent writing room or even a small but comfy cardboard box in the living room?
Well, I guess 'cave' says isolation better than a cardboard box does. And isolation is important to writers. Mainly because it's really hard to write that cliffhanger scene with kids, husband and various animals competing for attention. Your attention to be precise - at the point where you'd finally figured out how Francois escapes from the tiger enclosure with the diamonds, a FIM-92 Stinger* and a Giant Panda called Wang Yaobang. Of course, writing caves are metaphorical - most authors (me) resort to snarling incoherently at anyone who ventures too close.
*The FIM-92 Stinger is a personal, portable infrared homing surface to air missile or (SAM). Great for getting rid of unwanted visitors and the kid next door's balls as they fly over the fence. (Just kidding).