Last year was a strange mix of tragedy and opportunity for me, but above all, it was a year where I decided that a fresh new start was well overdue. I have enjoyed living in Birmingham and the West Midlands for over fifteen years but it was time...
...a new home, a new lifestyle, and a new start.
In truth, I don't know Dorset especially well, and did consider Wales for a time. But I had fond memories of a holiday down on the Jurassic coast years ago, and knowing someone who lived down there, Bridport was a good place to start looking. A small but fantastically creative town with wonderful people...who love their dogs! I've been here six months so far, and I love it. I am struggling to fit in all the new contacts, groups and potential projects.
I have a new energy afforded to me byb this opportunity, boosted by this new location, and I am determined to use it.
I have longed to go on a writers' retreat of some kind for years and now, owing to changes in circumstances and timing, this year I am going.
It promises to be an exciting week away mixing with writers from all over, of all genres and styles. Staying residential, joining workshops and courses, as well as finding time to write in a richly creative atmosphere, I am thoroughly excited. It won't be happening until August, but I am giddy with excitement already.
I'll be writing about the lead-up and hope to blog about it when I am there and after leaving. The most important thing to do is to go with an open mind and be guided by the word "yes."
Work continues on the second novel in the DI Mike Stone Series. A delay has been caused by needing to do some more research, but as a self-publisher not tied down to deadlines I don't need to panic...other that itching to give my readers part two to get their teeth into, following "To Die For."
Huge progress has been made on my second collection of poems - "Silhouette by the Sunset" (working title). It will be a collection of poetry, some long, some short haiku, all marking the many years since the great war. Provision target release is May 2019...watch this space.