‘A Writer’s Alphabet’
I’ve been planning to write a blog post all week. There’s lots going on and a number of subjects keep circling in my mind: the launch for ‘The Piano Player’s Son’, out in October this year. New website being planned. Third year anniversary of ‘Unravelling’ to celebrate. Hurdles to overcome with new novel. A flash fiction workshop in Worcester on Sunday. So, there are a number of reasons why time has eluded me this week and why this post will be short. But the real reason I haven’t managed to update my blog?
This perky little chap.
Some of you might recall him from last September when I was doing my blogging challenge, and I used him as my main image. And to remind you of the challenge – it was to write a post every day, each one based on a different letter of the alphabet, and all related (however thin the connection!) to some aspect of writing.
Several people were kind enough to say how much they enjoyed reading the posts and that they would make a great little book on writing. I was pleased and quite excited at the thought. Now, having realised, the task is nowhere near as simple as it first seemed, I’m not so sure!
There have been a number of obstacles to overcome. Some blog posts don’t transfer well – they are just too ‘bloggy’ for a book, so they’ve had to be reworked. Others were written out of some preoccupation of the time, for example C was on computers because mine had just given up the ghost and that was filling my mind – so new writing has also been necessary. I’ve had to add to some posts, cut from others, and generally a lot of editing was needed. All that apart from assembling it, getting a cover, an ISBN, proofreading … the list is endless.
But the end and publication are getting closer! I’ve decided to keep my little juggling friend and he’s going to be on the cover. I’m at the proofreading stage, so things will start to happen soon – that’s as long as I don’t get sidetracked by the new novel, the flash fiction workshop doesn’t take too long to prepare, real life doesn’t expect to be too cossetted …