Regular readers of my blog will know that in my last entry I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn't been able to do very much writing over the last 6 weeks because of the noise from the kids playing/vandalising/running amok outside. Thankfully they have now all returned to which ever school is lucky enough to have them, meaning that it is only between 3.30 and 7.30 when it is too noisy to work. Luckily I have other duties to see to then so don't consider that time as wasted.
I was hoping to launch straight back into the re-writing of book 4 in the Chronicles of Arkadia, after the vast majority of version 1 was wiped out by a computer virus. Unfortunately I've have such a downer about all that wasted work (yes, I know I should have backed it up) that I haven't been able to bring myself to crack on; maybe next week.
I have, however, managed to throw myself back into the world of short story writing and have done so with much fervour. Ideas for stories just seem to come seeping out of my pores at the moment and it's all I can do to get the idea jotted down on paper before I forget it. Not only are the ideas coming thick and fast, but for the moment at least I'm finding the actual fleshing out of the stories relatively easy to do, the latest being a World War One story which I've submitted to an established competition. I think I've now got 7 stories entered in competitions, something I haven't managed to achieve for quite some time. Two announce their winners this month, one in October, three in November and one in January. Really could use a win or even just a placement, to re-energise my writing. However, all I can do is wait and get on with another story - the more I've got out there the better.
Before I sign off, I just wanted to have a shout out on behalf of a rising star in the field of fantasy writing, Sam Leeves, who will be holding a book signing event at the East Grinstead bookshop, which unsurprisingly is in East Grinstead, on Saturday 20th between 11.00 am and 4.00 PM.
If you're anywhere near there on that day, why not pop in and say "hi" or even better, say "hi" and buy a copy of his book(s)?
Independent writers - we need all the help we can get!
Have a good weekend...