I’m writing my January update on a bright, sunny morning. We’ve had a few days of grey and now to be greeted by a day of brilliant sunshine is a bonus. They have been few and far between during these winter months.
January is my least favourite month of the year. After all the buzz of activity leading up to the Festive Season, and this year the ability to see friends and family beyond the Covid allocated ‘bubble’ of last year, January has predictably been a flat month. This year, however, I’ve looked beyond those first thirty one days of 2022. Instead, I’ve booked two holidays, been working on my latest novel and generally been looking forward. Okay we still have Covid, something that’s going to be with us for a good while yet, and I still have two more years of post-cancer monitoring, but generally life is good. I can’t complain.
This week we were at our first live music concert since 2019. Singer/songwriter Paul Carrack, who has been with bands like Ace, Squeeze and latterly Mike and the Mechanics, kicked off his UK tour here in Bath. We had previously booked to see him in early 2021, but Covid and lockdown saw the tour cancelled and rescheduled for August. Sadly that was cancelled too. We crossed fingers when the January date was announced and although there was not a full house that night, those who attended proved an enthusiastic and appreciative audience. He performed many of his hits, together with tracks from his new album, which was written during lockdown.
Currently my writing is going well. The new book is in two parts – Present day and six years previously. I’m about two thirds of the way through the ‘past’ section, which is narrated by my main female character. I hope to finish this by mid-Feb then edit and move on to part two, which will be written from the third person. The characters are behaving themselves for a change which means I’m making good progress. Watch this space!
And finally, my January reads. 2022 has begun with a great selection of books, all four and five star reviews. I usually prefer psychological thrillers but having read all of Lorna Cook’s novels, I couldn’t resist adding her latest to my list. And I’m glad I did. Once again she has produced an amazing read set in Paris during WWII and present day.
So that’s all for now. Back next month.