As I travel round Scotland (and the UK) promoting my Scottish Independence novel, I'm meeting hundreds of people with their own stories.
This morning I fly South (I'm writing this from the airport ) and needed a taxi to get to Glasgow Airport.
Before we reached the airport I "casually" mentioned I'd published a novel. This led onto the inevitable question: which way am I planning to vote?
I shared that I'm a marginal Yes which allowed me to follow up with: How about you?
Taxi drivers are sometimes wary of professing strong opinions but with only two options on the table and with the subject breached, he shared he was - as he put it - coming round to Alex Salmond's view.
I wish I'd mentioned my novel earlier. He was as keen to quiz me on my views about independence as I was to find out his.
There is a desire in many Scots to discuss our future. Long may that desire continue!