Saturday, 30 May 2009

Britain's Got Lovely Weather!

It's been a glorious week here in the UK, well, it has on the sunny Wirral Peninsula (we have our own little micro-climate thanks to the Welsh mountains). So what have I been up to? I hear you ask...

Earlier in the week we went as a family to Knowsley Safari Park. This is a wonderful place to go if you like having your car vandalized by baboons! And hey! Who doesn't?

Then on Thursday, I went to the launch of Wordscapes. This is an anthology of short stories that won or were runner-up in the Cheshire Prize for Literature. If you recall, I was a runner-up, so off I went.

The lovely jan from Jan's Writing Journal was there too and I finally got to meet her!

And the High Sherrif of Cheshire was there (not like the Sherrif of Nottingham at all... I've heard bad things about him!) and gave me a free copy of the book!

Oh and here's the actual anthology, I think ultimately it'll be available from Chester Academic Press and Amazon, I'll keep you posted...

Finally I've been revising and rewriting the last quarter of Mortlock. My super editor at Bloomsbury had described it as a 'light edit' but I ended up writing an extra 14,000 words. So cue the sound of grinding gears as I slam into reverse and go back, hacking, slicing, nipping and tucking. The resultant (I'll not say finished or final) MS is a bit lighter than it was but I'm pleased with it... for now.

But d'you know what? I really enjoyed it! Sitting in the sun with my little net book tapping away, I could do this for a living, y'know!