Rabbit, rabbit, it’s the start of Feb.
We got through January and I am feeling a lot more positive than I was back in my December blog, although people who have recently lost loved ones are never far from my thoughts.
Obviously, we are in another lockdown but despite everything I had a lovely Christmas and am refusing to take my lights down. I argue that they are not typically Christmassy, but more neon. They’re staying up!
Like in the other lockdowns/circuit breakers, every day has its good points and its not so good, but I am getting through it by being productive.
Years ago I started up a YouTube channel, inspired by my good friend and co-ed. of Underneath the Tree, Claire Savage, who also vlogs. Like with this blog, though, when I first started it was great and then my inner saboteur came out and I deleted both.
I have been sticking with the blog this time round. And back – by no demand whatsoever – is the YouTube channel. I started it up a few months ago to post a poem for Culture Night and then I added a few readings, but this go around, I am motivated and WILL vlog weekly (Fridays at 12p.m. GMT). So, like and subscribe!
The channel will feature interviews with other writers, reviews of books, advice and tutorials, plus readings from my upcoming work.
And like a lot of people, right now I am helping my children to learn remotely; it is not easy but we WILL get there.
I am trying to learn Norwegian myself, and enjoying it.
Lately I recorded an interview for a podcast – a first for me and very fun – and that got me thinking about how much I miss panel events and lit festivals. So bittersweet!
I am putting the final final edits to Everybody’s Happy right now and then it will go to get formatted. It is a short story collection of eight stories about art, shadows and self, and is launching 7thMay.
I’m extremely proud of EH and delighted it is supported by the Arts Council of NI. You can pre-order it for kindle for only 99p. A complete steal.
After I send the book to the editor, I will have to get back to DI Sloane book 3, which is coming out on 29thOctober. So, lots to look forward to. It’s hard to give it the attention it needs at home right now, so I hope to get to a retreat to really knuckle down.
For those of you wondering, I plan for DI Sloane to be a long running series, so Harry is never far from my plans. And notebook.
Also, I’m reading about five books at the minute (stories, crime, lit. fic.) and watching a lot of popcorn TV, unashamedly. Both are keeping me sane.
Be good to yourself and catch you next time.