I started the year with a plan to write something on my blog once a week come rain or shine and to begin with it went pretty well. But I’ve noticed it’s been abandoned for a while now so I thought it was time to get on with it. Not that I’ve been lazy the last few weeks. This is what I’ve been up to:

  • Finished draft 5 of Tell Me Lies (so glad I have a title now!) and sent it off to my editor who was happy enough that it’s now ready to go to the copy editor. Woo hoo!
  • Finished the first draft of book number 4 (possibly to be called The Girl Next Door) – even if it is a very, very rough draft.
  • Spoken at a careers event at Stockton library to lots of young people interested in careers with words. This made me feel very old.
  • A book signing at Guisborough bookshop. Thanks to all who came along.
  • Bought tickets for the crime festival in Harrogate. Not strictly work but important nonetheless.
  • Wrote several short stories for the Mslexia competition. Abandoned most of them as they were complete gibberish but managed to finish one that I was (mostly) happy with.
  • Written up more ideas for books 5 and 6. Still not quite there yet but at least they’re now more than a couple of lines. May or may not also be gibberish.
  • Continued to write up my diaries from my travels around America. One day this might be finished. Perhaps for the 20th anniversary.
  • Had lots of ideas for screenplays and other books. Trying to focus on one thing at a time is tricky.
  • Developed an obsession with Hannibal Lecter after binge watching the TV show. I’ve now gone back and read the novels and watched the films again. Slightly concerned any future writing will be a total rip off of Thomas Harris’s writing.

So that was March. Hopefully April will be as productive. Maybe if I stop binge watching TV shows.