Things are growing more and more difficult in those challenging times...
I haven't made any progress on The Right Place lately because of all the anxiety caused by the current situation (virus/Brexit). Unfortunately, in 2021, I have to change direction and will not be able to prioritise my writing. This makes me sad and feel a bit inadequate, but that's the way it is. I won't give up, though, and I hope to publish The Right Place at some point in the next two/three years.
I went to the indie bookshop in Bridport and bought three of the books on my "to buy" list (which is very, very long). It includes the only non-fiction writers I like, the wonderful Robert Mcfarlane and Roger Deakin.
I have already read Andrew Michael Hurley's Starve Acre, a fantastically dark novel which astonished me by its minimal, sparse yet incredibly effective prose.
Sometimes, when we need a blast of fresh air but don't want to drive too far from the house, we just head to Portland Bill for a quick walk.
Yesterday, we noticed some new (and most welcome!) occupants in one of the fields just before you get to the Bill: a lively herd of woolly alpacas! They were very curious and incredibly comical...
We'll go back to see them over the holidays as we do need a lot of cheering up in these gloomy times!
Over the next three weeks, I will be trying to complete an important section of The Right Place, before having to put the book on ice for a while whilst I earn some much needed money.
I hope to pick up my pen - or rather keyboard - in late February for a bit, but because of the pandemic I have now accepted that I will not publish in early 2022 as planned... Such is life...
I am putting Arcane into hibernation until at least late February/early March whilst I try and find some funding for the imprint...
Over the next three weeks, I will carry on working on The Right Place and hope to make some progress.
I will post a few updates on here.
My partner in crime Matt ArtPix will carry on selling vintage items and art from the unit at The Customs House, but there won't be any Arcane stock in there anymore. I am working on some new plans which hopefully will come to fruition in the next year or so, but this will depend on the Covid situation and Brexit...
Try and have a rest over the holidays and stay safe!
I think therefore I write.
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