Three days to go until our event, and we are all getting very excited indeed, especially as we only have 8 tickets to sell to be SOLD OUT! Be quick!
It will truly be a unique event of dark words and beguiling music.
Alan of Oil54 will welcome you on the door and Matt ArtPix and I will be manning the fab merch stall!
Talking about merch stall...
We will have some special bundles of my two novels, I Am a Muse and The Book of Thoth at the incredible price of... £12! (usually £6 and £12 at events and RRP £7.99 and RRP £15 respectively!)
I hope to see you there!
All the details for our London event are now on the events page! Go HERE to know all there is to know about this fabulous evening of music and spoken word!
Or rather... the ArcanePixMobile - coming to a music festival/vintage/antiques market/fair near you!
A great little ex-fire brigade van perfect for developing our ventures, in the red colour we both use for our branding - it's the perfect match.
See you on the road soon!
Portland Bill is in the background...
The first teaser poster is out!
Do you remember London: Winter Tales back in February 2016?
Well, we are bringing you yet another evening of words and music...
More news soon!
The Right Place should by now be finished. I worked incredibly hard on background stories, personalities and locations during my residency at Norburton Hall in Dorset (before my move) in autumn 2015-winter 2016. Then the house hunting/studies/freelance work took over and I haven't been able to write for a long, long time.
I am resuming writing this January 2018 - at last. I am giving myself a whole year to write that crucial first draft, but I am secretly hoping that it will take half that time...
It will all depend on the day job...
New publication date: Late 2019.
I am at the "conception" stage of Hell Lane: A Barton Stacey Mystery: jotting down ideas, finding characters' names (I'm having fun with that one) and starting thinking about background stories, plot, etc. There will probably be some research too as I'd like to set this one either in the 30s, 40s or 50s...
I've spent my holidays reading Agatha Christie for inspiration!
I guess it's a start...
Provisional pub date: Late 2021.
2017 has been a challenging year for us at Arcane Publishing and Matt ArtPix, in good and bad ways.
We finally moved to our new HQ in Dorset at the tail end of January, but I have personally found it difficult to keep Arcane Publishing active - all this because independent publishing doesn't pay the bills and I've had to find something to do just that whilst Matt ArtPix and I find ways to finance/develop our respective and joint ventures.
Even though I now find myself surrounded by the very landscape that has inspired my third novel The Right Place, I have found myself unable to write, and therefore the first draft of The Right Place is still where I left it in March 2016. This has made me feel very sad and impatient indeed, especially as ideas keep popping out in my head about characters and settings for my fourth novel, Hell Lane. I am trying to find ways of combining a (daunting) day job with the writing, something I haven't had to do for the past eight years - it is a bit of a shock to the system.
Unfortunately, it looks like The Right Place will not publish before 2019 - and this is an optimistic estimate, unless I start playing the lottery and I win.
Arcane and Matt ArtPix do have loads of projects and ideas, and we hope to be able to share them with you soon. Watch this space!
And in the meantime, do not forget to go and check out Matt ArtPix's blog!
See you in 2018!
I leave you with some photos of one of my favourite places ever (taken yesterday afternoon): the coast along the B3157 and the West Dorset Ridgeway!
Yesterday (Sunday 10th December), we decided to go for a walk to Portland Bill as the sky was blue and the strength of the wind promised to give us some spectacular waves. The landscape was as usual spectacular and the air crisp and clean. At times, at the Bill, we had to really steel ourselves against the wind, struggling to remain standing.
Needless to say, when we watched the news the very same evening and saw the chaos caused by the sea, we really started wondering whether we were in the same dimension...
A quick update about our unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset! Matt ArtPix has been busy preparing the space for Christmas and has added a lot of lovely little Christmas stocking-filling ideas!
Our unit is now full to the brim with books, art, antiques and more... Come and pay us a visit!
I am really enjoying reading about the incredible and at times chaotic creative community who used to live in the Dorset village of Chaldon Herring, with at its core the Powys family. On a weekend outing two weeks ago, we decided to go and have a first look around the village. I had just started on the book then, and will most certainly return now that I have almost finished Writers in a Dorset landscape (found in my fascinating local second-hand bookshop, Books Afloat in Weymouth) and know more about the various buildings and events which happened in the 20s and 30s there.
I will go back regularly to see the changing seasons and because I might use the village as one of the locations in my fourth novel, Hell Lane, in particular the splendidly gothic Old Vicarage.
I haven't found any time to write recently, event though I was determined to get started again on The Right Place. I will now resume writing when I am on holiday in mid-December and will put together a writing and publishing schedule for The Right Place, which has been woefully neglected - real life has been winning the fight recently... which is incredibly boring... I am surrounded by so many inspiring places (buildings, landscapes...) that my brain is just full of images and words which I cannot find the time to put into a coherent whole.
I think therefore I write.
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