Hunting for a new job took some time, as well as tackling the second book - The Device Hunter. Although there were times when the combination left me feeling as if I was the one being rugby tackled.
I have just finished a stint on The Oscar Pistorius Trial - A Carte Blanche Channel, and that was dramatic and intense, leaving me with little energy to write fiction. Now, however, that time has come to an end ( the trouble with freelancing) and I am job hunting once again. One thing that the trial did do for me was make me desperate to write. So I have once more picked up my metaphorical quill and am back in the edits of my second book, which are going well. It was good to get away from it for a while and focus on something utterly different. I am now brimming over with good intentions, new plot lines and the desire to polish up the text. I have met one or two writers who loathe editing. I can't relate to them at all! I love it. All that tweaking and adjusting and challenging oneself to make it better, deciding to keep or lose things and finding the courage to "kill my darlings". Actually I don't find the massacre of the innocents all that hard. I simply ask myself if it sounds pretentious or not. If it does, out it goes and I try to find a better way of saying it or I discard the idea all together. I admit to a rather self-righteous glow after I've banished something I thought was rather clever to the bitter ends of the outer darkness. I feel like I should be getting a Noddy badge or something.
Speaking of different, if you have been following my author Face Book page you'll remember that Harcourt's Mountain has been nominated for the 2014 RONE awards! Which is excellent, thrilling in fact and I wish I didn't have to wait so long for the results. The book has continued to receive great reviews. My "likes" on Face Book continue to climb slowly but steadily and I hope (for hope read pray) that it is translating into book sales.
The prospect of finding a new job and altering The Device Hunter plot is both daunting and exciting. There are endless possibilities. And it's an adventure climbing the mountain to find them. I just hope I discover one before I run out of reserves! I feel a little like one of those Victorian women explorers standing on some remote peak, one hand on hip, the other shielding my eyes, as I try to find a way through the jungle below!
Here's to adventure, wherever we can find it!