I took a long break between posts this year. I’m sure you noticed.
So where have I been? Among other things, my acting hobby took over for a while with a sudden rush of auditions, resulting in a few days filming (“Toy Gun” and “A Storm In Their Stars“). Audition readings to prepare, lines to learn…
OK, that’s a few days. And the rest of the time?
I drove myself into my two very different WIP novels “Faces of Janus“and “Private Vices“.
Faces of Janus
This near-future story is part of the Paradisi Chronicles series of books, where multiple writers’ stand-alone stories combine to develop the overall fictional universe. “Faces of Janus” runs partly in parallel with Tristan James’ “Paradisi Escape“ with shared locations and characters, so the writing is a different creative experience. And great fun!
I came across a massive gap in my story’s timeline (oops!) and had to do some serious rewriting to fix it. It’s now seamlessly repaired and onward I progress. I’m now only a couple of chapters away from beta-reader readiness.
I submitted the first 10,000 words to the experienced Manchester Speculative Fiction writing group‘s critique team at the Mancunicon Sci-fi Convention and the crit folk (I hate to say “critters”) gave it a warm welcome.
I’m running this “paranormal noir” novel (for want of a better term) past my Luxembourg writers’ group, chapter-by-chapter, so it’s being revised as it progresses. Again, first draft completion is imminent, with many chapters in second draft thanks to my team of valued writerly friends.
In the background, I am still writing and submitting short stories and receiving reassuring acceptances.
And then there was more travel to the UK, to celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday!
Happy Birthday, Mum!
A busy few weeks… A successful and satisfying few weeks… I hope, dear reader, your 2016 has started as well as mine and it continues right through to the end — and beyond.