I am still without the car - I am looking forward to March when it will be here permanently! - and therefore, I am exploring the area by foot.
Today, I decided to climb the coast path and make my way to a favourite of mine, St George's Church. It is a place worth a long, detailed blog: it is incredibly atmospheric and the headstones in the churchyard are very original and deserve proper research, which I hope I'll be able to carry out over the next few months!
It's quite warm here, can you believe it?
... or rather the lack of it!
I adore my new office but even though it is bigger than my previous one in Westcliff, I have already run out of room...
As I need a lot of space for various things I am doing (freelance, writing, publishing and soon teaching...) I cannot allow my books to take over, and yet, they have (this is only a small portion of my books - and I am not even mentioning the ever-growing stock of books for the unit, markets and fairs...)
I think we might need to turn one of the bedrooms into a library...
I NEED SHELVES!
We are slowly settling down into our new HQ.
Still loads to do!
But when it all gets too much inside with all the boxes, we can nip out and within 2mn, we are on Chesil Beach.
Perfect for inspiration!
Today, for the first time in months, I have opened the Word document containing the first few pages of my work-in-progress and third novel, The Right Place. I hope that having moved to Dorset will help me get my writing started again. One year without writing is a long time. I am desperate to get going again.
It looks like Portland's smuggling past might be a great source of stories!
First port of call: the Portland Museum!
There will be some Arcane Publishing and MattArtPix news in March, by the way, so watch this space!
This colourful little chap adorns the entrance to the new Arcane Publishing/Matt ArtPix towers in Dorset! Yes, we have finally moved!
We still have a lot of things to sort out but we hope to be able to start telling you more about our future plans.
Of course, moving to Dorset means that I am now 20 mn away (by car) from Abbotsbury and St Catherine's chapel where my third novel is set. I expect to start work again on the first draft in the forthcoming days...
At the same time as moving to Dorset, I will also go back to the classroom as a teacher. Don't worry, I will not bore you with posts about teaching - but will hopefully update you on my progress on The Right Place and blog about the stunning county of Dorset and hopefully make you want to come and visit!
I will leave you for now, more boxes to open...
I think therefore I write.
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