So yesterday we went for our first walk for over a month and a half!
Obviously, we went back to Abbotsbury, the location of my much-delayed third novel, The Right Place. It is still my favourite place on Earth...
We checked out progress on the new art and craft hub @abbeyfarmabbotsbury - we had enquired about the price of having a unit there but predictably, it was way, way over our budget... Which is a shame as you can't wish for a more beautiful working environment... Still, we can't wait to come and visit when everything is open!
Inside St Catherine's Chapel, which plays a central role in my third novel:
I'm sad to report that progress on draft 1 of The Right Place, my third novel set in Abbotsbury, has been quasi non-existent over the past 12 months and I have now delayed the publication date to late 2024. I hope to be able to pick up the first draft around Spring time... Unfortunately, it's a sad fact of life that I have to prioritise money-earning activities at the moment - and writing is not one of them. It is frustrating and sometimes upsetting - and I really, really want to see this book published then get started in earnest on my Rural Noir detective novel Hell Lane: A Barton Stacey Mystery .
I have loads of plans for 2023, including the opening of the Arcane online bookshop, and I hope to do more markets/fairs than last year with my lovely stock of pre-loved, vintage and rare books (and my first two novels, of course!)!
Watch this space and keep an eye on updates on the ARCANE INSTA PAGE!
I will be hibernating early until 2023.
I thought I'd be able to post about the progress of Arcane's future plans and winter walks in the beautiful Dorset countryside but Covid's reared its ugly head (after 3 years of managing to avoid it!) and has thrown our plans into disarray... Not a great end of the year with a lot of work and Covid.
See you in 2023 and hopefully there will be more upbeat news about manuscripts, events and the online shop!
We had a great time at Exeter Library yesterday! Have a quick read at the Arcane blog about it HERE.
No event for Arcane publishing before Spring 2023, but we are working on getting the online bookshop up and running by Spring/Summer 2023... Watch this space!
I am still to complete the first draft of The Right Place, but we are still on track for a 2024 pub date.
Go to the Arcane instagram page for up-to-date news!
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