I’m taking a break from writing about writing quickly this week. Both because I want to marshal my thoughts, and also because this regular Friday slot was originally supposed to be to update what I was up to week in, week out. I’m happy it’s morphed into what I’ve learned over the last year, and glad I don’t have to think of an update every single week – after all if I’m a third of the way through a novel one Friday, I’m probably at the very most going to be halfway through it the following Friday. Updating fractions isn’t fun for anyone.
But it’s good for me to take stock every couple of weeks and let people know where I am, so here goes.
As you’ll know, ‘Death at Seaside’ is now published, and ‘Diana Christmas’ is now unveiled. I still have the proofs to go through for Miss Christmas, and hope to have advance review copies out soon. I’ll be offering them to my mailing list, so if you would be interested just sign up here. In addition to the chance to read my new novel ahead of everyone else, you’ll get a free collection of short stories out of it.
In actual writing news, I am now in the middle of the follow up to ‘Diana Christmas’. A book which likewise takes place in the British film industry of the 1960s, but (largely) centres around different characters. ‘Shared universe’ is a big buzz phrase in films right now, and this will most definitely be a series of books in a shared universe – although I’m not planning a future volume where all the characters come together and fight an alien invasion.
On top of that, I am working on a new short story for another collection I should have out in the middle of the year.
So busy, busy, busy. Sometimes I stop and think of all the writing I have to do this year and it does scare me. Am I going to manage to get through it? Are these plans in any way practical? But I long ago realised that you don’t get anything good down in life without being at least a little scared.