Firstly, I’m sorry about all the blogging fail recently. While I try not to apologise for delays because I write this blog on my own terms and that includes being as infrequent as I like, I’m also aware that I’m … not exactly being a regular blogger right now. The reasons for this include not having a laptop, as it’s off having a health check, as well as having delicate wrists because I put my shoulder out again and it’s making my whole right arm feel weird.
But I’m not going to bore you with the details; suffice it to say that I’m now using my dad’s shiny new computer and it has a delightful keyboard — I want one like this myself, to be honest.
I feel I should apologise in addition that this post is, once again, about my poetry — at least partially. I know that it’s not the most popular topic on this blog, because let’s face it, who cares about poetry? But it’s as close as I get to being a professional writer, and I have some updates to share with you to make sure you know what’s going on.
The first update is following on from my last post: Broken Body Fragile Heart is not currently showing up as available on Amazon, but by searching for the ISBN you can actually find it elsewhere… such as on this site, Bokus. As far as I can figure out, it’s on sale there and you can buy it, but the site seems to be in Swedish or something, so I can’t give any more details there.
A second update is that I’ve decided to hold off on releasing my fourth collection, The Moments I Know Magic, because I want to take some time to pursue other routes with my poetry. That is to say, I’m going to try submitting to various magazines and see how I get on, hoping to build up a bit of poetry cred so that I can potentially approach a publisher with my collection, or at least convince you that I have some idea what I’m doing.
This will be very different from how I’ve done things until now: it will involve a lot more waiting, and be out of my control most of the time. However, I think it’s worthwhile trying to explore other routes, because I’ll learn from it.
Currently, my poetry creds are pretty unimpressive: my poetry’s appeared in two issues of Cambridge Notes, a student publication, and I performed some poetry at an event with Cambridge PEN in support of imprisoned writers. So it would be nice to add some other publications to that list!
Now onto an update about my other writing. I think I mentioned that I was rewriting the novel formerly known as The Quiet Ones, which is about modern-day knights. After a brief stint being known as Ten Reasons Every Knight Needs A Lawyer, it currently bears the title of The Knight Shift, and I’m about thirty thousand words into the redraft. But I’ve written nothing all week, given that I don’t have my laptop at the moment.
The plan is to query this and try and pursue traditional publishing; I have no idea when I’m going to do that, because not only do I not know when I’ll finish the redraft, but I also have a few more research activities lined up that may cause me to rewrite certain sections. At the end of August I’m going to Aberdeen with Charley, and as the book is set there it will help refresh my memory of the city; when I get back to Cambridge in October I plan to take up Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) — aka swordfighting. So I may end up rewriting some fight scenes.
Other than that, I think the only update I have for you is to tell you that I now have bright red highlights, because my parents weren’t disapproving enough of my hairstyle as it was ;) As those of you who follow my Instagram will know, it looks like this:
It was the single most expensive thing I’ve ever done with my hair (I don’t use any products on it and I use Johnson’s baby shampoo due to allergies, so I really don’t spend much on it usually), it took several hours, and completely destroyed an old towel… but it looks great. Shout out to my hairdresser Emma, who has been cutting my hair since I was a small child and is responsible for pretty much everything I’ve ever had done with it.
Except dyeing it black in 2013 for ComicCon. That was all me.
I think that’s everything! I’m sorry that my posts lately have all been updates and not deep and meaningful explorations of life, the universe and everything. I’ll be back to talk about … something. At some point. When I have my laptop back.