Back in the saddle

Greetings all,

Apologies it’s been a while since my last confession. I was away in Windermere coaching on a Leadership In Action course run by Vitae. In fact it was the same course that I worked on in March that caused me to embark upon the Dark Path. Going on these courses as a coach/facilitator truly is a spiritual experience. You get taken out of your daily life and get put into the most wonderful supportive and nuturing atmosphere, and that’s just for the tutors! It is always an absolute pleasure to take part in. I work with fantastic people, meet some truly inspring ones and leave it feeling renewed and optimistic. And inevitably I have hangover after the end of course party/air guitar session.

I was able to get some work done on the next novel, which has a new working title The Enemy of all that is Good. I think it sums up the new direction that I’m going with it. However, I have to be good now and stop flitting between projects. This week is the start of the GRAND PLAN, so it’s back to redrafting The Coming Of Night. Siobhan is home this week before she starts her new job which means we are fighting over the PC – fortunately I have my friend Kat’s notebook that I borrowed! I must get a new PC before my one blows up. I have had it three years, so in compuer terms it’s practically a pensioner.

I had an idea last week. I know a number of people that have written fantasy/SF novels and are looking for publishers. I thought about creating an online/print-on demand magazine where every month, writers could publish a chapter of their work (maybe even some graphic novel pages) and then invite people to send feedback and comments, thus helping shape the story. It might also help with getting some exposure/interest.

Then funnily enough, as I was trawling the internet last night, by chance I came upon a site doing exactly that! It looks like a US endeavour and it has been going for a few years. Nothing fancy, just some simple artwork and the text itself. I’m wondering whether a UK one might work…..

Lazy Man! Lazy Man!

Greetings All.

I know this is supposed to be the place where I witter on about my writing but…I didn’t do any last week! I’m not sure what I did last week actually, it’s all a bit hazy. I played a fair amount of Shogun Total War, read a lot of Game of Thrones, oh, and drank A LOT on bonfire night last weekend. Not very productive…..and I lost my game of Warhammer. Bah! I proffer in my defence that I am not due to start writing December….that’s not going to work is it? I can see your collective looks of deep disappointment.

One thing I was wrestling with was the thorny problem of where to write. I could just do it on my computer at home but the problem is that the internet is so bloomin’ distractin’. I mean, literally, just before I wrote this sentence I went off to look at an AOL article entitled Guide to buying a new TV. I don’t even need a new TV! And now I’ve just been sent a link to a Daily Mash article which I must read because it’ll no doubt be a giggle. Oh and then there is that test match in New Delhi that I have a tenner on, that I must check the ball by ball Cricinfo coverage for.

This is what I’m up against! Ultimately I just need to grow a pair and get more disciplined. But it did cross my mind that I could hire an office! That would be very swanky and unnecessary. And more importantly, I. Don’t. Own. A. Laptop. They seem to break on me with alarmingly regularity. So it all seems like a great big money dump.

So, for now, I’ll just stick with my happy corner in the cellar and try and keep Fluffy the cat from sitting on my lap and trying to sit on my keyboard. It’s incredible how they do that. Might I recommend the Simon’s Cat cartoons? Another great time-sink. Ok, ok. I am now feeling really guilty. Stop with the long distance pressure! I’m doing something right now…..I mean it. Go away!