Firstly a huge thank you to the mountain of a woman who shared her flu with me last Friday - it was very kind of you and I hope one day to be able to return the favour. Perhaps next time you could deploy something called a handkerchief or perhaps better still, do what they say and stay home in the warm to treat your illness rather than bringing it to the packed GP surgery where I and no doubt many others were the beneficiaries of your generosity.
Anyway, having finally climbed off my sick bed, I managed to get a good session of writing in today, despite the artic conditions in my bedroom. Although most of chapter one of Fury of the Sword is written, I wasn't sure how to finish it off so decided to leave it for now and write something different. A few weeks ago I plotter out in rough how I saw the first 5 or so chapters going, so today I worked on chapter 2 and that went much better with nearly 3000 words written. Should be able to finish that chapter tomorrow and start on chapter 3.
I also managed to send off one of the two short stories I wrote a couple of weeks ago and entered it into a competition - I've got really high hopes for this one as I reckon its one of the best stories I've ever written, but writing's a subjective business so the judges might not agree - have to wait and see. Also want to find somewhere to enter the other story I wrote a week or so ago. This really is my best work; I just hope others agree.
Other than that I'm still absolutely chuffed by the publication of my winning ghost story, "The haunting of Harry Blake" in this month's Writing Magazine. Very much looking forward to the winner's cheque arriving for that one. On Friday the glossy magazine who have been promising to do a feature on my path to publication and the books, comes out and I'm really excited about seeing that. It's a top of the range glossy magazine so should be a nice piece. Then hopefully next month there should be another feature about Redemption of the sword in Writers' News.
Once the magazine is published on Friday I shall turn my attention to arranging a series of Blog interviews.
We're back in business.