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.
This November, work will resume on The Right Place.
It has been months since I have done any work on my third novel or any promotion for my first two books;
I have now decided that enough is enough.
I just have to try and find the time to write, something which has been impossible over the past 18 months.
I now have a new publishing schedule, which gives me a pub date of February 2019...
It's been over a month since I've posted on here... I used to be so prolific!
It's just been so busy here in Dorset...
Thankfully, it's the start of my favourite time of the year: Autumn and Winter, here we come!
The good news is that I have started work on the follow-up to Winter Tales, and I hope to have some news very very soon!
Watch this space!
The Weymouth Carnival took place earlier this week, and because of a variety of things, we basically missed everything. Everything but The Dolmen's headlining gig on Wednesday night!
I'd been trying to catch the band live since my move to Dorset in late January; last Wednesday, finally, I managed to walk away from my desk and make my way to Weymouth beach where The Dolmen were playing the headlining slot.
And let me tell you: we had a fantastic time, even though it started to rain early on during the band's set and we ended up absolutely soaked - I cannot dislodge Weymouth beach's sticky sand from my little red shoes!
Deeply rooted in the landscape, the myths and history of the Dorset coast as well as Pagan beliefs, The Dolmen's music (described on their website as "Medieval Celtic Folk Rock") is rich and evocative, and its influences varied, reflecting the personalities and inspiration of the various band members.
There is a very special energy running through the band's live set - a spirit of freedom and passion which are incredibly infectious; frontman and founder Taloch Jameson is a powerful and charismatic character who leads a group of excellent musicians, tonight including his young son as a superb second drummer and his daughter on flute.
I managed to take a few pictures on the night in spite of the rain...
I will definitely catch The Dolmen live again, hopefully locally!
The Dolmen are very much involved in the discovery and preservation of the local history and are currently helping promote Deeper Dorset, a project dedicated to "discover, record and protect the wealth of Dorset's maritime history..."
Below is the latest official video for The Dolmen's track "Free Will", shot mostly at the Tout quarry sculpture park and St George's church which is very familiar to us as it's only 10mn up the coast path from us! It is a really cool use of this very special place.
I think therefore I write.
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