This quick post is really about the writer’s dilemma: how much time to spend ‘looking out’ into the world, making friends, connections and establishing an online profile, compared to the ‘eyes-down-look-in’ mentality that’s neccessary for the actual writing.
For me the autumn (starting in September) has always been the time to sit down and write, and so I hesitated before joining Rachael Harrie’s (third) Platform-Building Campaign. But in the end, how could I turn down the opportunity to get out there and tell more people about my work?
So far I am hugely impressed by the organisation put in by Rachael, and as you’ll see from my last post, I’ve already had lots of new people calling here as well as joining me on Twitter. And so it looks as if I must, like the Roman god Janus, face both ways. He is the deity of new beginnings, by the way, so here’s hoping this one leads to something big!
Meanwhile, with my writing head, I’ve been working on a new story in the Derek and Annie series. These are fun to do and, I hope, fun to read. Pitched somewhere between My Family and One Foot in the Grave, they’re about a married couple coping with retirement, an empty nest, and most of all, each other. Two of them (Museum Pieces and A Fork Less Ordinary) are already available from Etherbooks and I’ve always thought if I I can add a few more to the collection, I may look at getting them into print. Otherwise, with A Kettle of Fish going out to publishers and agents, it really is time to make a start on that next novel.
By the way, for any new visitors arriving this week, I do try to respond to all comments left here, and to make a return visit to the caller’s blog. Apologies if I get behind with my social calls at any time.
Meanwhile there’s still just time to join the campaign by visiting Rachael’s blog. Happy campaigning!