First one!


I am writing: a whole new world! This does, I admit, sound a little grandiose, but this is the part of writing I enjoy the most. I have a small amount of time until another project comes back from its editors, so until then I am wandering around a strange city that is perched beside a huge marshy expanse of water. I’m getting to know two rather interesting people and beginning to meet others now too. This is the daydream part of writing when all kinds of things are possible. Later on, of course it gets more tricky. But that is for later.

I am reading: The Burning Land, by Bernard Cornwell. This is book 5 of The Last Kingdom series, which is set in Britain in the time of King Alfred. It’s not the usual thing I read, but I am hooked. I love the historical feel, and the characters are great. The lead character is very believable and the female characters, (my spellcheck changed female to falafel, but as yet there are no falafel characters, sadly. I look forward to that) are all, within the constraints of their time, very strong. There is a little too much bloodthirsty fighting for my taste, but it’s right it should be there, you can’t write about Vikings without that kind of stuff. I think there are ten books in the series, so that’s my reading sorted for the next few weeks.