I hope you all enjoyed yesterday’s interview with Christina Katz, and probably the break from my insane ramblings. She’s an interesting writer and her book looks like a great investment if you’re a writer and have books out or coming out. I’m certainly ordering my copy!
I seem to have a lot of news for you after yesterday’s break; Monday was a particularly fruitful evening in my home office. I worked heavily on BACCARA BURNING, though I’m having a few problems getting the characters from Italy to Scotland, and just who it is that’s going. There are so many permutations that whichever way I go will impact how the story goes later on in the book. So I have to at least try and make the right decision early on.
I completed my GDR Plan for September—and in thus doing decided to up the ante and go ahead and make the Edinburgh Book Festival the celebration of my “Writers’ New Year”. With that in mind, yesterday (Tuesday), I re-jigged my annual GDR to cover the next 12 months—a harder task than it sounds, by the way. The revised version you can find here. It’s basically the same, but I’ve added in a few extra demands and promises to myself.
Monday also saw me finish my guest blog post for my friend; the publication date will be advertised when I have the details. It just needs a polish and review before I send it off.
On the web front I launched the latest issue of the Ranfurly Review (Issue 8, can you believe it?), and contacted my potential new web client. Could be a nice little job pending.
On the media front I recorded and uploaded my first attempt at a spoken word broadcast to my blog. I had to get the right hardware for this and then get hold of some recording and mixing software, but I got it done after quite a few false starts. It’s a bit rough but the results of my inaugural recording session can now be found on the AUDIO page by way of my poem, TURNING THE PAGE. Quite an appropriate title given it’s my “new year”. Let me know what you think.
Yesterday (Tuesday) was another busy day. Less work than I would have preferred on BACCARA BURNING but my guest post is all but done as is an interview I’m doing for an online publication.
So here it is, my monthly plan for September; the first month of my WRITER’S NEW YEAR!
* Complete writing Baccara Burning
* Complete editing of Greener is the Grass
* Develop short fiction ideas
* Re-submit any rejected/recalled short stories
* Enter a couple of writing/poetry competitions
* Write at least one poem per week
* Develop ideas for new chapbook
* Launch RR Issue 8 – done
* Stay on top of RR submissions
* Start preparing RR issue 9 for December
* Get a few gigs to review for NotW
* Check out potential new website client
* Amalgamate web design and freelance writing websites
Marketing and Promotion
* Publish September newsletter – done
* Keep website(s) up to date
* Look for book marketing ops
* Bring Podcast ideas to life
* Bring YouTube ideas to life
* Complete MIS sound bites – recorded and published first spoken word recording on blog
Reading & Learning
* The Butt by Will Self
* Sisters in Time by Ginger Simpson
* Re-launch diet plan
Before I go, Madness yesterday announced their Christmas Tour dates for 2009. Good to see the boys returning to Glasgow again. Tickets for all gigs go on sale today at 9am from http://www.madness.co.uk. Here’s the fixture list:
1st – Bournemouth Intl Centre
2nd – Brighton Centre
4th – Plymouth Pavilions
5th – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
7th – Swindon Oasis
8th – Leeds O2 Academy
9th – Sheffield O2 Academy
10th – Birmingham O2 Academy
12th – Newcastle O2 Academy
13th – Glasgow O2 Academy
15th – Manchester Apollo
Finally, there I was the other day celebrating my mate Stevie Ward’s sons’ successes, and I never knew he had a daughter!! Apologies big man—and to your lassie!