Today, I literally ran outside as soon as a weak sun poured into my office.
I wanted to check whether the sea, which is on my doorstep, was still here.
The past four months have been incredibly challenging. I have been working on an assignment in order to raise funds for Arcane Publishing as I really want to get going with the publication of my third novel and the development of my online bookshop. Since early September, bar a few days in October, I have been getting up at 5am to do a truly exhausting job (mentally and physically). I have barely seen the sea or the countryside, and have worked every day even at the weekend. My working environment has been unsafe and extremely challenging, but I have made it to the end of term without catching the virus.
I am now taking a break before going back out there to earn a bit more money for the Arcane coffers, and therefore, I will be reporting back on any progress I'll be making on The Right Place.
Then I'll be offline again from late January until the first week of April, when I'm planning on taking a long break to work exclusively on my own projects...
Watch this space!
One of the best things has been going back to buying and reading books, which I haven't been able to do at all since 1st September.
Last week, I finally made it to the Little Toller Bookshop in Beaminster - a true gem full of gorgeous books! I came out with Tom Cox's superb 21st-century Yokel (unputdownable) and some lovely cards illustrated by Eric Ravilious.
Tomorrow, I'll be picking up the manuscript of The Right Place and try and get back into the story. I desperately need to complete the first draft so I can keep to my publishing schedule (and publication date of Autumn 2023!).
I think therefore I write.
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