Publication Obligations Fulfilled – Time to Hit the Wine! And Chocolate! And Twiglets – which are enjoying a bit of a revival with me at the moment. This is a bit of a long title but I know Accent Press will take it in their stride.
So, I’m feeling very virtuous at the moment. I’ve sent the Christmas story off to Accent Press. It should be available for pre-order soon, so look out for And Now For Something Completely Different.
I’ve also finished the next St Mary’s book – Hope For the Best. I think that one’s out next April. And now, with all my publishing obligations fulfilled for the year, I thought I could sit back – well, sprawl on the sofa, actually – consume a mountain of chocolate and generally do nothing for a while.
I have to tell you – that lasted nearly twenty minutes. I don’t know what the universe has against me actually sitting down and doing nothing but I was just unwrapping my second bar of chocolate when I had an idea. Quite a strong one actually – I thought I’d just jot down a few notes because I have the memory of … forgotten what I was saying … but notes turned into full paragraphs and now I’m off again. And I’ve made a start on the next book, as well, which hopefully is going to be about the Time Police. So there we go – only twenty minutes without actually writing something. Is there something wrong with me?
Anyway, the next thing on my calendar is Cardiff Comicon on 22nd and 23rd September. We’ll be there with our usual table full of books, drinking tea, gossiping, discussing past and future books and in my case, harassing Wookies and Daleks. I was chased by a Dalek at London Comicon. It had a bucket marked Great Ormond Street on the end of its weapon stick and was intoning, ‘Donate. Donate. You will donate.’ I donated. It seemed the wisest thing to do.
In October we’re celebrating the release of Dark Light – out on the 25th, I think. For anyone near Gloucester, there’s a pre-pub signing on the 20th at Waterstones, exclusively to them, then scrumptious Afternoon Tea at Octavo’s in Cardiff on the 27th.
Also on the 25th October, for all my French readers, the French version of A Symphony of Echoes is published. The title is D’Echo en Echos. Apologies to French speakers everywhere – I can’t do the accent thingies. Don’t tell Accent.
And then, in November, I think we have Just One Damned Things’s fifth birthday. Five years! I can hardly believe it. I’ve written sixteen books altogether and I can’t count how many short stories. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t talking to myself, or scribbling in an old notebook, or even just standing staring into space while the world happens around me.
Which brings us to Christmas again. Another year nearer the grave as I always say when feeling at my cheeriest.