It’s been quite a long time since I last wrote, or did anything much on the whole I wanna be a best-selling author front. 2018 has been a rather tumultuous year in my personal life – I’ve started a new job that isn’t in a call-centre, moved home and taken on caring for my mother. There have been some exceptionally tense times, like the two months I spent working twelve hour shifts and helped my mother move twice. There were a few hospital trips in that period as well. I’ll admit to having been a little short-tempered on occasion.
Things are much more settled now. Mum’s settling into her new home in a sheltered housing complex (it’s right by town and she’s making friends). The new job is going pretty well. I work in a factory where we make perfume and whiskey boxes and it’s reasonably demanding, with all the regular baggage of working for a large company. It isn’t sales, however, and I can walk there so it’s currently my favourite job since I was eighteen and working for Blockbusters. It was the mid-nineties and I was taking Film Studies at sixth-form college.
So, life is going reasonably well, and there are a few months yet before Brexit ruins everything. It seems like a good time to maybe do something on the writing front.
First on the list is my Horror Dungeon Release Party (link below). Mar and Roma have worked incredibly hard on these events over the summer and the couple that I’ve been able to be there for have been a lot of fun. I can’t be there to host my hour myself, which is probably for the best, so Roma is taking point.
I thought it might be nice to write something for the occasion, and to use the opportunity to say I’m planning to get back on the horse. I have an awful lot of stories left to tell, some of them very close to being as finished as I can get them. Chaos Tales III: Infodump is in the final stages and there are a couple of things on the boil at Burdizzo I’m involved with – if you’re not familiar with what we do, pop in at the link below. Most of us are awesome…
I’ve also added a couple of new stories to my site. They were both written for anthologies this year but didn’t quite make the grade. I still think they’re fairly good though. I hope you agree.
So that’s it for now, except for my Nano declaration. I doubt I’ll hit the fifty this year, despite having the second half of November booked off, but I want to get back into writing more days than I don’t and Nano is a brilliant kickstarter.
Enjoy the party if you go and hopefully the next time I pontificate I’ll have Infodump ready.