Is it really nearing the end of May already - where the Hell is this year going?
When I look back at the writing/reading targets I set myself at the start of the year, it would seem that I was either overly-optimistic or have been outrageously lazy over the first 5 months. The truth of the matter, however, is quite different. Yes there have been days when with a little more application I could have upped my productivity levels, but on the whole I've done what I could when I could, though the whole thing has left me frustrated. I had hoped that by now I would have finished the first draft of book 3 in the Chronicles of Arkadia series and written at least a half dozen short stories. I'd also hoped to be reading a book a week to try and catch up on the backlog. As it currently stands I'm only halfway through the first draft of book 3 and have written just 2 short stories. Bottom line if I want to achieve my writing goals for this year then I'm really going to have to up my game in the second half, which will be difficult as I always find it harder to write when the sun is shining outside. You remember the sun right?
So the fightback starts tomorrow. I've spent the first 2 days this week writing a short story the idea for which I've had kicking around in my head for some time. I've spent most of today editing it and although I've only reduced it by about 700 words to just under 5000, I think it's pretty much the finished article. I've got one anthology in mind for it and am pretty sure of an acceptance having already sounded the editor out, but as always I'd prefer to sub it to some competition or other first to try and make some coin. As always though, because of the story's hefty word count, the competition opportunities are greatly limited, but I've got one in mind at least.
Tomorrow however I'm going to start work on book 3 again - I'm halfway through a chapter and have a further 2 chapters plotted out and am pretty confident that they will equate to about 9000 words, by the end of which I should be nicely back in the swing of things. After that I'll have to spend some time plotting the closing few chapters but also want to start subbing short stories to Static Movement anthologies as well.
On the publication side of things another Static Movement anthology came out this week - Spring fever - featuring my story "The awakening", so looking forward to getting my copy of that soon to add to the ever expanding list of publications I'm in. It's available through Amazon.com at the moment but although it's advertised on the UK website, it's not yet available.
On top of this of course I'm waiting with baited breath for an email from the lovely people at Netherworld to tell me that "Tales of terror for a dark night" is back from the printers. This is a collection of 20 of my best ghost and horror stories, many of which have won prizes. Really looking forward to promoting this one.
Doing much better on the reading front this month. So far I've managed to read The last conquest, by Berwick Coates and Death of Kings, by Bernard Cornwell. I'm also about a third of the way through Avenger of Rome by Douglas Jackson, who's fast becoming my favourite historical author.
A random thought to end tonight's posting, but something I thought of as I watched a film with Morgan Freeman in the other night - was Morgan Freeman ever young? The guy's a brilliant actor and has been in dozens of films, but I can't remember a single one where he didn't look old. The first film I can remember him in was "Glory" and he played an old soldier in that one.
Answers on a postcard please...