I feel I must apologise for hiding the past couple of months, my health took a turn for the worst in what can only be described as, in true Lemony Snicket’s style, 'a series of unfortunate health disasters' – but more on that another time. Now, I am back to writing which is seriously needed as a summer deadline is fast approaching (when you consider editing time too) plus I really missed Aphora, not to mention several new projects which are screaming to be written but will just have to wait.
I currently, however, have to rest with my leg up after a torn cartilage injury; I’m beginning to move more freely having ditched the crutches (honestly have no idea how people use them for so long, I was frustrated with incredibly painful hands after 3 days!) but this has lead to the worst calf pain I’ve ever had I think, apparently shortening of the muscle and cramp is normal – if someone says that to me one more time whilst I’m trying to really concentrate on just limping somewhere, I will not be held accountable for any injuries on said person! In case you haven’t guessed, I’m not very good sick person, I hate being bed bound or ill especially when it revolves around being very much dependent on others – uck... On the plus side, I’m able to spend some time with Aphora's sequel this week and I will be releasing a short sneak peak later this week: where do you think Cate and Alex went?
By the way, I’ve just realised I’ve saved this blog post as a word document on my laptop as ‘blig post'; maybe I shouldn’t try to write at 11 o’clock at night!
Sorry, random tangent there! Whilst I’ve been away some exciting things have happened! Later I will be spilling the beans (and details) over a promotional night at a local school with a chance to chat with me about Aphora and writing in general! This will be a great way to meet the people the book is aimed at and if it encourages others to write and be interested in books then I can’t wait.
Books at any age are important but coming from someone who used books to escape as a teenager, they can provide a real life line to answers that don’t always seem clear at that age – yes, even books about vampires, werewolves, ghosts, you name it! I probably read it! From love and lust, to friendship, bullying, loss, grief, responsibility, realising your true potential, overcoming obstacles, difficulties and diversity. Books and stories are powerful tools of self-promotion. It helps me to write which is why I do what I do but if I can help even just one person escape their life for a little bit and help them realise something positive about themselves then I consider that amazing and a profit I could only dream of.
In other news, Bailey has a mighty fine story to tell – lots has happened to the pup in the last month or so and yes, it does involve his usual mischievous antics! In addition to that, he will be turning 1 in a little over a month so we will be planning a joint birthday with his brother. If you want to find out more, head over to his blog for a Bailey pupdate!