Sorry I’ve been so quiet on here the last week or so – there are two main reasons for this. One, as I mentioned I went off to Scotland for my second annual Crime & Publishment weekend writing course, which actually spilled over into four days by the time I’d travelled there and back.
As with last year, it was a blast. Same great people, same friendly atmosphere, same really informative speakers (particular thanks this year to retired Detective Superintendent Bob Bridgestock, who has made me rewrite half my current work – but for all the right reasons!), same enthusiasm and sheer inspiration. I’m already counting the pennies ready to go again next year.
The other reason I’ve been so quiet is that I’ve been writing. The first draft of my current project, a novella called ‘Raise the Blade’, was nearing completion before I went away, and once I’d got my feet back under the desk I wanted to get it finished. And… the good news is that I have – all 28,000 words of it. It’s now sitting in a file on a corner of my desk, vegetating, while I get my brain back in gear before starting the long hard editing process. As usual it’ll need a lot of polishing, but it’s still a nice warm fuzzy feeling to have finished such a (for me) large scale project.
More news on stories in various anthologies coming soon – do watch this space!