Blog 1 will be a report from the basement of the Hope and anchor in Islington, London, where we had a fantastic night yesterday evening. Some truly captivating, thrilling stuff was played... I still have to download the pictures, so bear with me!
Blog 2 will be a preview for a famous cinema festival about to kick off soon in the capital. Of course, it will be related to literature.
I will start work on these tomorrow and hope to post the articles online over the weekend.
So come back in a few days to check this very blog!
Thursday 25th September, I will be giving a short reading of my forthcoming second novel, The Book of Thoth, at Chalkwell Hall, HQ of Metal Southend, as part of the first Southend Writers and Artist Network (SWAN) evening.
It was really hard to choose an extract out of the 384 pages, especially a 3mn one!
After two wonderful weeks in Dorset during which I have spent most of my time outside walking and discovering yet more gorgeous hidden gems of this most beautiful of counties, I am back at my desk sorting out my "to do" lists (yes, there are several ones...).
I will post a few Dorset pictures on here soon.
Before I left, I did a bit of research for my third book, The Right Place, which will be set in Dorset. One of the background topics of the novel will be smuggling in the county, and I read that the best book about this subject is Roger Guttridge's Dorset Smugglers.
I hastened to find out more about this volume and discovered that it was out of print. What a disappointment. Then imagine my joy when on my last day in Dorset, I got my hand on a first edition at the Dorchester Curiosity Centre! What incredible luck indeed! I was feeling very depressed about leaving but this find definitively help me through the drive home...
It has absolutely everything you need to know about smuggling activity in the county!
I will soon know everything there is to know about smugglers in Dorset!
I am particularly interested in the area around Abbotsbury where I will set my book.
Isaac Gulliver, "King of Smugglers", is the inspiration behind one of my characters' ancestor! There is quite a bit about him in the book!
I cannot wait to get started properly on the book... First, there's novel number 2 to publish. I am on 3rd proofs now, nearly there!
Corrections of the second proofs of The Book of Thoth have been done! Now it's back to the typesetter, Matt ArtPix! Almost there!
We are taking two weeks off from the end of this week, then we will tackle the back cover design and get everything ready for the printers... Exciting times!
Designer and typesetter Matt ArtPix has drawn a map of Whitemoor Hall, where the action of my second novel The Book of Thoth is set. He has used my own very badly done map of the estate (I used it to write the book as the characters move around the place quite a lot!).
Also, Dimitri, the 11-year-old boy who is one of the main characters of the book, is obsessively drawing a map of the house, so we thought it would be a nice touch to insert a map in the prelims.
I think it is rather cute and clearly shows the main elements featured in the story.
Here's the official poster for the next event Arcane Publishing will be attending: The Southend Book and Arts fair at the wonderful Forum, which is Southend award-winning shiny new library and art gallery.
Arcane Publishing will have a stall next to their designer Matt ArtPix, and will be concentrating on entertainment, young readers, fantasy and sci-fi (more details about our stock will be revealed before the event!)
I will be there, selling copies of my first novel I Am a Muse at the special event price of £6 (instead of RRP of £7.99) and I will be promoting my next novel, The Book of Thoth, to be published later this autumn (unfortunately, it will be not printed on time for the fair!). I am really looking forward to it!
The British Library has an exhibition about Gothic Literature on from 6th October to 20th January 2015, Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination.
My second novel, The Book of Thoth, is a Gothic Novel, and will be published this autumn... Perfect timing, I say!
And of course, I will go to the exhibition and get some inspiration for my forthcoming books.
I cannot believe the amount of exciting exhibitions on this autumn...
I will also go to William Morris: Anarchy and Beauty at the National Portrait Gallery - I have been a fan of WM for quite a while...
I might also pay a visit to the Virginia Woolf exhibition, also at the National Portrait. I do not exactly like her writing, but she is an icon and she was a writer with an interesting life in interesting times. I always want to understand the creative process behind the person/work and see how writers live their lives and find inspiration.
We will also go to Longitude Punk'd at the Royal Observatory, an exhibition of Steampunk art!
And of course, we just cannot miss the Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London.
And of course, there will be a few gigs and plays for us to go to... I love the autumn!
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