To A or not to A?

I'm currently hard at work on my latest book, which has the working title of either "A Mouth Full of Ashes" or "Mouth Full of Ashes", depending on how I feel that day. This has become one of those things that I find enormously burdensome. To include the "A" or not include the "A". I'm currently leaning towards including the "A". But that's right now.

It's a difficult book to write in some ways, because - as much as I love and am very connected with the characters and the storyline - it requires me to delve into a very dark place every time I revisit these characters. Coming home after a hard day's work and diving into someone else's personal hell isn't always easy.

Maybe I should just turn on the TV and relax with an episode of "The Real Housewives of...

Or maybe hell is just a relative term.

Incidentally, should hell be capitalized? Heaven always is. And let's face it, they're both pretty big. I'm unsure of their current populations, ratio-wise - I'd have to look it up on Wikipedia - but I'm guessing it's around 50/50.


  1. It's quite pleasant to spend hours angsting over the placement of a comma or the inclusion (or otherwise) of an a, isn't it?

    You're brilliantly prolific, Andrew. Good luck with the next one. I won't even venture an opinion about whether or not you should include the A in A Mouthful of Ashes. I'd only come back here & tell you I've changed my mind... again... and again.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Ha! Yes, absolutely it is, Helen. It reminds me of that Oscar Wilde quote...I'm going to find it now. Okay, I'm back - here it is: "I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again."

    I've a feeling I'll be wrestling with that 'A for quite some time to come. Thanks so much for the good wishes. This one's a bit different to what I usually write.


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