Monday, 29 July 2013

31st August; the countdown begins!

As I said in my last blog post, I have designated the 31st August 2013 as my launch day.  Now it’s a race to finish up everything and get it all prepared before then!

I have been busy working my way through a print out of the novel, making corrections, adding detail and basically tidying everything up.  It’s a very good experience, particularly the elimination of repeating words.  Proof readers of my previous novel will remember the original drafts that were packed full of constant uses of the word ‘quiet’ instead of ‘quite’, as well as the evitable overuse of the word ‘said’.  Fortunate then that the original novel was proofed so well, good job everyone!

Another idea has also come to mind.  Several people have suggested the idea of a launch day and I must say, I’m very interested in having one.  The basic idea is to hold a launch event at a functional room somewhere, probably in my hometown Newtownards, on the evening of the 31st August.  I will of course post up more details nearer the time.  I definite think it would be a fun thing to try, even just the once.

So it’s at last all coming together.  The book is almost done and if I organize it right, there will be an official launch event for it too! 

I shall keep everyone informed on the blog and my Facebook page.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, 18 July 2013


I think the title gives it away.  Yes, at long last, I have finished book number 2.  58’000 words.  Not too shabby, not too shabby at all.

Now, when I say finished I mean I have completed the story in a coherent form.  It’s not finished as in ready to publish.  I still need to go through the whole book with a fine tooth comb and confirm that all the grammar and spelling is right, that all plot holes have been filled in, that characters act the way they should act etc.

There is still work to be done, but this is a definite milestone. 

I’m afraid I have no short story for this very brief blog update, it was just to confirm I’ve not just been sitting doing nothing.  I have been writing, and writing a lot!