We are told confession is good for the soul, but I'd rather not look too closely at the ways in which confession, blogging and narcissism overlap ... so I won't. Instead I'm going to look at a Syndrome from which I suffer - and when I suffer, you can be sure those who have to deal with me suffer too! I've called it The Bottom Syndrome and its catchphrase is "I could do that!" It presents like this: tell me about any kind of book that is doing, has done or just might do well and I am immediately overwhelmed with the thought "I could do that!" I can imagine myself writing anything. This is not based on evidence, of course. It's just the way I feel!
Treatment for a syndrome of this sort would probably involve extensive periods of writing all the things I'd be no good at, and since I can't find enough time to write the things I can and I can't see me ever making the effort, I will doubtless never be cured. After all, it's a more or less harmless malady (thought irritating for onlookers). That said, if there are other sufferers out there, I'm willing to form a support group - Bottoms Anonymous. Yes, I could do that.
"Let me play the lion too ... I will aggravate my voice so that I will roar you as gently as any suckling dove; I will roar you an 'twere any nightingale." Dear Bottom.
P.S. The picture is by Arthur Rackham.