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Well, I do like to keep myself busy …

It’s been quite a year, even by my reckoning: I’ve moved house, got engaged, changed jobs, fixed a fence, changed a roof, written a few thousand words, got a PS4, made L40 on Destiny and – to top it all – got married.

What I sadly haven’t done is blog, market, comment on friends sites (though I am still keeping an eye on you all!) or get quite as much of G’host written as I’d have liked.  Hopefully that will change in 2016 as my activities this year have actually simplified an otherwise very complex lifestyle.

G’host is coming along nicely, and the extra thinking time is helping to hone characters, develop plot lines and tune technical connections.  But writing full length novels is a mammoth task and, to stay true to my three main principles for writing, I need to make sure I’m enjoying what I do, when I’m doing it.  There’s no point otherwise.

As I love writing, there’s no doubt that G’host will creep closer to completion next year … the only risk is if the PS4 takes over!

Merry Christmas everyone …

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‘Tis The Season…

To be … whatever you want to be!

Merry Christmas

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And on that basis, here’s a quick update on what’s been happening in my busy world over the last few weeks.

First off, I’ve managed to find a few fragments of time and done some more work on G’host.  Admittedly, not as much as I’d have liked, but some all the same.  I’m pleased about that, but also slightly disappointed that I’m not going to be able to post a scene from it, here, as a tribute for the holidays.

The scene I am working on suits the season very well and my idea to use it as a post is what inspired me to get back to the keyboard.  Unfortunately, inspiration can only get you so far, and tiredness from several months of long work days doesn’t facilitate good prose.  So the scene is coming along but is, sad to say, nowhere near ready enough for a public airing.

It is, however, nice to report that I’ve had some more, very nice, positive feedback from a number of readers over the last month.  This is always a real joy.  Thanks to anyone who’s ever offered encouragement to any writer: dark days haunt more than just winter months…

I could blather on about restarting my ski-fit regime in readiness for heading for the slopes next year, or about finally sorting my kitchen out after six years of putting up with randomly painted duck-egg blue walls but, as you can tell, it’s not exactly rock and roll news, and so I’m not going to waste any more of your precious seconds in the countdown to the big day…!

Rather, I’ll close by saying: to any stranger who happens past, and to all of my kind and wonderful friends, I wish you all a joyful Christmas and prosperous New Year.

See you in 2014…!

I think I can hear sleigh bells…

Santa Child (c) Eric LimonSpindly fingers of ice are flowering on the outside of my window pane.  Creeping slowly across the glass, they etch complex patterns and diffract the pale moonlight into a thousand sparkles as it steals into my darkened bedroom.

Beyond this frosty frame, our garden reclines under a draped blanket of fresh snow. Tomorrow I will trample crazed boot prints across this pristine fluffy eiderdown, and tumble madly, and laugh like a maniac, and roll a tubby body, and a smaller head, and adorn my snowy Frankenstein with carrot, and coals, and a hat, and a scarf.

Tomorrow I will build.

But not tonight…

Tonight I will wait impatiently, with my fingers gripped hard onto this cool window sill, peering out into the star-filled sky.  Watching.  Waiting.  Hoping.

He will have begun his journey by now…

Tonight I will stay awake.  This year I will succeed where I have always failed.  This year I will see him.

My eyelashes flutter, drawn downwards by the heavy burdens of a long year of growing and learning but I am stronger than my errant eyelids.  My will is formidable, my ambition absolute…  So it won’t do any harm if I slide a little further beneath the warm duvet… I can still see the sky from here…  It won’t hurt if I curl up on my side, like this…  Or to let my head sink slowly into the soft pillow…

I’m not going to fall asleep.

Not tonight.

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Merry Christmas.

Thank-you for all your encouragement, support and friendship throughout 2011.

I wish you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and a wonderful New Year.

~ Anthony ~.

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