“I HAVE a vast deal to say, and shall give all this morning to my pen.
“As to my plan of writing every evening the adventures of the day, I find it impracticable; for the diversions here are so very late, that if I begin my letters after them, I could not go to bed at all.”
That is the opening of one of Evelina’s early letters to her guardian, the Rev. Mr. Villars, in Fanny Burney’s 1778 novel Evelina, Or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World. I find myself much in the same situation trying to blog this week, forced to choose sleep over blogging in the interests of self-preservation. But I have a vast deal to say, and shall give all this evening to my keyboard. So look for updates then.