Thursday, 20 June 2013

It's all in the preparation!

Apologies to those who read this blog regularly for the lack of a posting for 10 or so days, but the old back's been playing me up something awful, so I've barely been able to sit down for more than a few minutes at a time. Even now I'm having to stand up and type this. Definitely going to have to get Dragonspeak or some other voice control typing device.

Anyway, enough of the boring excuses and on with the news.

Well today has been a good day, writing wise at least. Despite the oppressive heat and stuffiness, which has made concentrating really difficult, I managed to knuckle down and work on Fury of the sword. I'd promised myself earlier in the week that today I would once again crack on, but in all honesty I didn't expect to be able to. Making these plans is all very well but somebody or something, usually comes along and nors my day up. But not today! Today I was actually able to sit down and do some decent writing and by the close of play this afternoon I'd managed to add just over 4000 words to the mss - result. A few more days like that and I'll have the first draft completed. I still live in hope of finishing it by the end of June, but I've set these sort of targets before and missed them all, so we'll have to wait and see. One day at a time and all that.

Had another short story accepted by Static Movement, which is great news, although that publication is some way off being published and entered another short story competition, which means I've got the sum total of two stories out there. One competition should announce its winners in the first week of July and the other towards the end of July I think from memory.

I've got a couple more definite ideas for short stories and about half a dozen other prompts which need fleshing out when I get the time, but for the moment I just want to concentrate on getting the first draft of the novel completed - it's well overdue and my publisher is starting to ask questions.

On the reading front I finally managed to read Endless tides by Sam Leeves and thoroughly enjoyed it (see my review on Amazon). Although a fantasy book, this is not your usual fantasy fare and his lead character definitely bucks the usual trend, but that is what makes this book so unique and engrossing. It's a thoroughly good read and comes highly-recommended by yours truly - he's an up and coming young writer - give him a chance.

I've also read Storm of arrows and Funeral games by Christian Cameron and thoroughly enjoyed those. I saw in Waterstones the other day that book 2 in Ben Kane's Hannibal series, Fields of blood, is now out in hardback and that's my next planned reading with any luck. That should take me up to the publication of End of days, by James Wilde, book 3 in the Hereward series. I absolutely loved books 1 and 2 and have been counting down the days to the publication of book 3 - bring it on!

Other than that I've been extremely busy trying to promote my 3 books wherever I can. Trying to use Twitter a lot more and have learned how to Retweet and why it's beneficial (thanks Sam for the free lesson). Trying to put a few brief tweets up every day about each of the books just to keep it current. I've also been networking with other writers and reviewers and just generally trying to spread the word. The car door magnets are drawing a lot of attention with most people glancing at them as they go by. Whether their interest will translate into sales, who knows, but you've got to be in it to win it, right?

Finally, I'm still waiting for a couple of book reviews to come out, one for Destiny of the sword and one for Redemption of the sword. I've also arranged for a modest magazine article to be published giving an update about my latest publishing successes, so lots going on.

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