This week has mainly been about MA work, and its glorious to be able to devote the time to writing, reading, thinking and discussing with my fellow-students. Sometimes it seems there’s so much craziness going on in the world that it’s wonderful to be able to focus on something creative, engrossing and fun. I’m very lucky to be able to do it.
I also worked on a fantasy short story that has reached about 4,000 words, probably with not much more to do in the first draft. I’d like to go back to writing more short stories. Poems too. I used to do that a lot, but novels rather took over. I think it would be good to do it all.
I approached local book stores again – one called Rossiters and a couple of branches of Waterstones. None of them evern bothered to reply or even acknowledge my emails. I’m sure these are hard times for shops but ignoring published writers who want to work with them seems a strange approach to business. Really strange, really disappointing. Their loss.
I did send a couple of signed paperbacks and some bookmarks to the fabulous Rules of Play in Cardiff (which shows up in The Eye Collectors), as they said they’d push out a social media giveaway to help the book. Gotta love these people. Sad that games shops are better than book shops at proming books, but there we are.