Lord Fisher to the Right Hon. Winston Churchill
My Dear Winston,
I am here for a few days longer before rejoining my “Wise men” at Victory House–
“The World forgetting,
By the World forgot!”
but some Headlines in the newspapers have utterly upset me! Terrible!!
“The German Fleet to assist the Land operations in the Baltic.”
“Landing the German Army South of Reval.”
We are five times stronger at Sea than our enemies and here is a small Fleet that we could gobble up in a few minutres playing the great vital Sea part of landing an Army in the enemies’ roar and probably capturing the Russian Capital by Sea!
This is “Holding the right” with a vengeance!
Are we really incapable of a big Enterprise!
I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis-O.M.G. (Oh! My God!)–Shower it on the Admiralty!!
My first book, A Royal Pain, came out November 1 (please don’t tell my publisher I called it twaddle) and, especially while I was writing it, I’ll confess it relieved me to think that none of my friends at the Smart Table would ever pick it up in the bookstore.
But guess what? She realized that given other Ivy Leaguers like Julia Quinn and Eloisa James are romance writers that it was okay for her to like and write romances too. Because the degrees of the Ivy League wash all the unsmart filth away? Mulry “now realize[s] they are great books in their own way.”
The irony is that I needed to let go of all of my preconceptions of what “smart” meant in order to let it all out. And then sell it. Those ugly words. Repeat after me. Sell. It.