It’s been a while.
Summer has come and gone and now it’s time for book four. Return of a Warlord is being crafted and Shitty Draft #1 is slowly coming together.
It didn’t take me as long as I thought it would to slip back into my writing routine; getting up at six and writing, resisting the urge to check mail and stats. I put my background music on, brew coffee, eat biscuits and stare at the screen. Seconds later, my fingers are working.
Yes I know. My lamp doubles up as a dunce hat, but on with the story.
This morning I managed to get through half a packet of Cadbury’s chocolate fingers. That’s the thing about writing action scenes; they’re fattening.
So where are we? Chapter six and the crew are heading back to the forest. I just scheduled with my developmental editor and my beta reader is right there with me, thrashing out a skirmish in the woods. Oh, I love this part of the process, those moments when you get the first glimpse of something you really like, a passage that just pulls everything together, a thought or reflexion that just feels right, that closes that chapter the way you want it to.
The bummer is that I have to eat and do the shopping. I have to put the washing machine on and look like a normal person in normal clothes and brushed hair.
So apart from the draft, I have two events booked for the next six months. I will be in Glasgow for the British Fantasy Society’s FantasyCon. I’ll be there from the 18th to the 20th of October, so if any of you are passing that way, I am staying in a pub hotel – extremely convenient for fantasy writers, let me tell you.
In March, I’ll be attending the Self Publishing Show Live in central London and the day after, I’ll be at the London Book Fair, and hopefully meeting the wonderful people from ALLI, the Alliance of Independent Authors. It promises to be fun and informative. If you’re around, drinks are on me. I’ll be in London from the 8th to the 11th of March.
Finally, I am planning to launch a box set with the first three books in the Silvan Saga. This is the Warrior Cycle. The next books in the series are the Warlord Cycle. The set will only be for Kindle initially although I am looking into producing a physical version.
So that’s about it for now. It’s time for breakfast and for the outside world to come into focus. Deviants are crawling back into the shadows, Fel’annár is waving goodbye for the day and the sun has come out. Until next time.