Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Dry January!

Hi guys

Hope you have all had a great New Year and reading and writing as much as you can.

As the title suggests my January hasn't even very productive in both although I have drunk quite a bit of alcohol.

Reading wise started Magician by Raymond E Feist and was doing well up until last week when got flu so need to catch up again.

Writing wise I haven't done any so far except this post and the last one but as I'm on holiday this week going to rectify that and get a few posts to you all this week so hope you enjoy.

Story wise still to finish the ghost story I started last November for the CLF Anthology which Cleckheaton Writers Group hope will be out in May.  Will keep you posted on news of that.

Although may start a 2000 word short story for the Writers and Artists competition which has a deadline of 13th February.   The winner gets a place on a Arvon writing course.  The entry is free and the theme is open.
See link below for details.

Other news I've won a copy of Charles Stross new novel Empire Games which I won answering a question on Facebook.   So hope to have that soon to add to my many TBR (To be Read) pile.

Anyway will fire up the old laptop first time since November.

Chat later x

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy 2017

Happy New Year folks.

Hope 2016 wasn't the total disaster it was made out to be for you all.  OK there were a lot of celebrity deaths plus Brexit and Trump being elected President of the USA and to be honest it's too early to see what will happen.

For me 2016 wasn't too bad except where writing was concerned as I only managed to write one full short story, a chapter of my crime novel and first page of a horror story.
Also I wrote a few blog posts here and a few reviews on the Cleckheaton Literature Festival blog.

Sadly 2016 saw the early demise of the Cleckheaton Literature Festival which in its second year was still in its infancy and like the first year brought some excellent author talent including Ian C Douglas, Leigh Russell and Jason Hewitt to name a few.
Hopefully in a new format it could come back?

I didn't attend the Cleckheaton Writers Group as often as I'd liked either this year but couldn't get in to writing.

This year has been a good one for my reading as done more reading than previous years and reviews of the books I've read are on here including David Eddings Belgariad series.

I've also bought the most amount of books this year than any other, a lot of them signed as I've seen quite a few authors in Leeds this year including Joe Hill, Alastair Reynolds, Peter F Hamilton and Joe Abercrombie.

So 2017  -

This year I want to continue getting fitter as I started in 2016 but wasn't consistent so will be hitting the gym more and eating healthier.

I will also be reading even more this year as I've even more to read and have started Magician by Raymond E Feist.

Lastly there is the writing-  want to write more this year and have first draft of crime novel finished by August.
I will also blog here more and do more of last year's Cleckheaton Literature Festival reviews I never got chance to.
I will attend the Writers Group more too.

So onwards and hopefully upwards.

Have fun folks