14th July 2021
I have recently been finding the commitment to post to my blog every fortnight a little onerous. Come off it, Sam, I hear you saying. One post, every two weeks? What could be onerous about that?
Well, I’m trying to write a new novel and finding it slow-going. I’m only 40,000 words in and I’m aiming for around 180,000 words or upwards, so have a long way to go. There are several reasons for the slow progress that can all be lumped under the same heading: Life Happening.
There have been a few occasions of late when, with the two-week deadline approaching, I’ve had to pull away from the novel to draft a new post or find a suitable accompanying image or format book links or any of the other things that have to be done to run a regular blog.
It’s reached the stage where something has to give and it’s not going to be the new novel.
I’m not abandoning the blog and will still post to it when I have something new to say and have the time to write it. I still have some old interviews to post, including a couple with characters from my books which were great fun to do. But I am abandoning the commitment to post every two weeks. For now, at any rate.
So the blog will remain active and new posts (or old ones that previously appeared on other people’s blogs) will pop up from time to time. But not with the same regularity as before.
Back to the novel …
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2nd June 2021
My blog will be taking a break because next time I’m due to post – on 11th June – I’ll be away for a much-needed change of scenery in a cottage in the Welsh countryside. It will return on 25th June.
I’m now fully vaccinated – I had the second jab on 28th May. The same side effects as before: a sore arm (though only for a day this time) and extreme tiredness twenty-four hours after the jab, which was sorted by a few hours’ nap. Otherwise, all’s good.
See you in a few weeks. Stay safe.
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15th March 2021
A quick update on my audiobooks.
I’ve recently completed the audio version of The Beacon. Due to ‘Audiblegate’ – see Returns – I’m taking it and my previously published audiobooks wide, i.e., to other retailers, not just Audible and iTunes.
This also means that I have more control over pricing on the wide sites and the audiobooks will now be available at far more reasonable cost than they were previously. However, I still can’t control the price set by Audible and Amazon so if you’re interested in buying but don’t have Audible membership, do shop around for much cheaper deals that are available elsewhere.
For links to the main sites where the first two Earth Haven audiobooks are available, see Earth Haven trilogy
For links to the main sites where Pond Life and Ghosts of Christmas Past are available, see short story collections
The audiobooks will become available on other sites and I’ll add more when they do.
My next audiobook project will be the final book in the Earth Haven trilogy, The Reckoning, but I won’t be starting that for a while. I have a fantasy novel itching to be written that’s going to be fairly lengthy. I’ll be getting that written, edited and published before returning to audio.
In the meantime, I intend continuing to post to my blog every two weeks, but shall otherwise probably be keeping a fairly low profile while I concentrate on the new novel.
Oh, and I’ve had the first part of my Covid-19 vaccine. A few minor side effects (tiredness the following day, and a sore shoulder), but all’s fine. Looking forward to getting the second jab, and to all my family and friends becoming protected so I can give my mum a hug and meet my friends down the pub for a pint.
Stay safe, be kind.