I have just completed one of my greatest pieces of fantasy. It is a speculative, historically-based, narrative that will weave together ideas from contemporary and historical media sources, inspiration from current policy directions and futuristic approaches to fundamental health issues. And all in only 23 pages! At least the proposal is 23 pages. The final manuscript will of course be more weighty.
It has to submitted in signed septuplicate. Yes – it is a grant application that took me approximately a month to pull together. As I proofread the final version I pondered on the fact that last year 1500 people applied for these three positions. So, if everyone’s application was approximately the same length:
1500 x 23 = 34,500
34,500 x 7 = 241,500
Any guess on how many trees 241,500 sheets of paper equals?
My other writing time has been limited to jotting ideas on notepaper while waiting between meetings. Oh the exotic life of the writer!