2016. Where has it gone? It’s almost like standing at the side of the road watching Roadrunner accelerate past. But if the time has gone quickly when I actually stop and think about it I realise I haven’t exactly been sitting around doing nothing. On checking, I’ve read and reviewed 32 books, most of them for Brook Cottage Books. I’ve also been involved in 27 promotions for authors. In between that my weekly blog chat spot ‘Tuesday Talk’ has hosted 37 guests with future bookings running through to March ’17. And this is only one aspect of my life.
In between this, I’ve written and published another book and taken a few holidays and mid week breaks. That balance, for me, has been just right. You can overdose on both the reviewing and the writing if you’re not careful. Therefore not only taking time out but being away from home gives you the opportunity to escape for a while and recharge those very essential batteries. Of course a writer never really leaves their work behind and new places can very often lead to fresh ideas and changes to your current WIP. Certainly Desenzano on Lake Garda proved a great place for inspiration. So it’s a win-win situation.On 20th December I host my last Tuesday Talk for 2016. I’ll then be able to concentrate properly on the Festive Season. To see friends for lunch, make sure all those names have been crossed of my ‘To Buy’ present list, sort out food for the holiday and – if there’s any time left – get everything ready to make a start on my WIP The Boys of Summer.
I did make a beginning of sorts of around 1,000 words some time back but soon realised unlike most of my writing this wasn’t going to be a ‘seat of the pants’ job. Yes I do tend to stick with the same formula – get the framework of the story sorted, work out my character bios and get on the road. This time, however, the story which is currently marinating in my head has taken longer to come together. That’s probably because I’m not writing something which goes from A to B. Instead it will be set in two different time frames – 2013 and 2016. Another challenge but that’s what I love about writing. Every journey is different.
And to get in the festive spirit, from 10th to 16th December I’m offering the e-book version of Watercolours in the Rain for just 99p on Amazon.co.uk and 99c on Amazon.com.