Forgive me. It has been almost three weeks since my last
confession blog post.
The last few weeks have flashed by in a whirlwind of pre-Christmas . . . stuff. If you have children of a certain age, you’ll know what I mean. Christmas plays, carol concerts, music concerts, more carol concerts. And when you have TWO children of a certain age, the whole thing is doubled. Oh, and I have my wife to thank for volunteering me for a church reading, and then I edited my second children’s novel and sent it in for approval (finger-crossed for that one), and I received an editorial for my next adult book (no, not ‘adult‘ book, potty mind) and researching my next book and . . .
Well the good news is that the church reading didn’t end in me being struck down or turned into a pillar of salt as I had expected. I think I just about scraped through that one, but it might have been a close call.
As for the editorial, well, it was a lot more detailed than I had expected, and needed to be completed in record time, so I stuck my head down, ignored my family and worked through from 5am to 9pm for ten days to complete it. I was, pretty much, a zombie by the time it was done but anyone who’s ever read my blog knows I have a soft spot for Zombies (and who doesn’t?), so maybe that’s no bad thing. And, just in time for the end of the world, too, eh?
Though, I’m not certain the Mayans foresaw a zombie apocalypse.
Anyway, the final result of the marathon edit session is a near final version of RED WINTER which will be published in July. It seems that everything about this book has been hard work but it’s shaping up really well and I think you’re going to like it. Oh, and don’t forget what Samuel Johnson said – I mean, how COULD you forget what he said, right?
‘What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.’
On top of all that I’ve just seen some preliminary designs for the cover of my children’s novel (out in July, too!), and it’s looking great. Bold, colourful and exciting. I can’t wait to see the final version and share it with the world.
And that’s that. I’m done.
I hope you have an awesome Christmas, whatever you’re doing, and I’ll see you all when normality returns.