Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a wonderful time, I certainly did – ten days off with the family during which I did a few writing related things but mostly took it easy, ate a lot, drank a lot and actually managed eight hours sleep most nights. Bliss!
It’s all back to normal today, though, and as part of that I knocked out almost 700 words on Wanderer Book 5 on the train home tonight. The break has actually worked out well, because while I wasn’t writing I was certainly thinking about the story and it’s all the richer for that.
I’ve also started a revamp of the website, starting with making the home page a static (fixed) page and moving the blog posts to here. I’ve made the change for a few reasons, one key one being that it makes the home page far more friendly for anyone using a mobile device (and that’s about 50% of visitors now) and because it makes the page load much faster – something that’s critical for new visitors. There’s still a lot I want to change and improve, and I’ve had some great feedback from my gang of helpers – the Dark Soul Adventurers (and especially from Jim – painful but very useful!)
So what will 2016 bring? Well, there’s a lot to come in the next two or three months…
Wanderer’s Escape Audiobook
The audiobook version of Wanderer’s Escape is fully reviewed and approved and just needs to go through the final admin stages to be released. Joel has done an amazing job in bringing the book to life and I can’t wait to find out what other people make of it.
New Short Story Collection
The new collection of short stories is being edited at the moment. The first story took quite a mauling, but all the points were good ones, so I need to beat that into shape. At the moment there’s no fixed target date but hopefully we can nail that down in the next few weeks.
For a number of reasons I was quite slow to send out some of the prizes from the last big competition, with the final part only being completed and sent a few days ago (other than one person who replied to my mails quite late – I’ll be getting those out soon), so I’ve held off running any more. Now I have a clear conscience on that score I’m going to look to run another competition soon, probably to tie in with the audiobook launch.
Wanderer Book Five
The fifth, and final, instalment in the Wanderer’s Odyssey series is chugging along nicely. I can’t make any predictions for its release date yet because I have no idea how long it will be, but updates will be here as always.
The Seventh Question
I’ve got several more author interviews lined and they are all great. The next one should be up in the next couple of days…
That’s it for this time, stay posted for more updates…