Okay, okay, this is a couple of days late this week, but that’s because I wanted to clear the space for the launch of CONFINED SPACES – which is available here, and FREE this weekend!
But you forgive me for my lack of punctuality, right? Good, I’m glad we’re friends again.
Actually, on the writing front as well it’s been a busy week.
- Firstly, progress on the new novel continues apace. On Monday I still hadn’t quite finished the rough pen draft of the book, and had the typed draft rapidly chasing it up the rails. Of course I knew what was going to happen at the end of the book, but I hadn’t quite got the words down. I’m pleased to say that the rough draft is now finished, with the typed one itself not far from completion. Rewriting and editing starts in earnest next week.
- Then, with that rough draft finished, I had a few mornings free on the train, and I wrote a short story. It wasn’t a long piece and it needs a lot of work, but the mere fact of doing it was important to me. I love that I’m now in the mindset now where every opportunity I get, I find a way to create. I really, really, really don’t want to waste any time anymore!
- On the subject of short stories, I also edited three others. I have a short story permanently available on this website (SOMETHING WENT WRONG, which you can pick up here), but it’s lonely where it is and needs some company. As such I want to roll out an expanded version in a few weeks’ time – so instead of one story there’ll be four. There are numerous tales tucked away in my trunk, and I’ve brought out three which I think offer a lovely range of contrasts. So, Thursday and Friday I was polishing them up. If all goes to schedule, those who click the link will soon be able to read strange and exciting tales entitled SOUP, FYTE and AFTER WHAT HAPPENED AT CANARY WHARF.
- And finally, although perhaps most incidentally – I also joined Wattpad and started publishing some other stuff from my trunk which at the moment I have no obvious place for. The hope is that if I let these odd fragments of ideas out in the open, maybe see them in a new light, get some feedback. (Perhaps I’ll even see someone else do something interesting with them.) Currently there’s only one volume online – THE LAST BRAVO, which is kind of assassin flash-fiction, the doodles of which I’ve always thought might build up to something good, but I’ve never really found the way. If there’s a flaw in this plan, it’s that I’m not sure I’ll actually have the time to promote myself on Wattpad, but we’ll see what happens. Really, it’s just another way to get my creative sparks flying, a chance to take these old ideas that have just been mouldering away and see if they’ll lead into something interesting.
So, with thinking about marketing as well (and I’ll write a post on that later in the week), a busy week. Writing is in many ways its own reward, but it is great when you’re finding ways to share it with other people.