It’s been a wee while since my last post. I’m not sure if I should apologise for being silent or for starting up again. I do want to avoid this becoming whiny, so I’ll just say that my real life is really getting in the way at the moment. I think I’m turning a corner, and life always gets a little better when I’m not moping because it’s dark and cold. Onward and, if not upwards, at least not down.
In the writing life, however, I’m feeling fairly good. I didn’t get the deal from Gollancz’s open call and also didn’t make the shortlist for The Guardian’s Stephen King competition. I’ll stick Echo – my honourably unnoticed effort – up as a page. I don’t think it’s my best outing ever but I quite like the story. There is an earlier version that has a little more bite and nastiness in the writing, but it also has an unintentional subtext I’m a little ashamed about not spotting as I was writing.
Beta readers, and family members with doctorates in philosophy, are wonderfully good at making sure I’m somewhere close to writing what I mean. If you do read it, I hope you like it.
Now, saving the real look-at-me moment for last, onto the Big Announcement.
Death By Chocolate, the new Knightwatch anthology I’m in is available from this weekend – March 6th. I haven’t received my contributor’s copy yet so I honestly don’t know who I’m being overshadowed by. I’m pretty excited to find out.
Proper links will follow when I have them. I’ll try to make sure I don’t forget.