About to revisit Under a Blood red sky before copy editing. Then I have to move to the next thing - I have a choice of the book people actually want but I’m terrified is rubbish, and the one I love writing and don’t entirely care if people think is rubbish....
Unfortunately not, been there a few times and loved the feel of the place. So when I decided I needed a UK city I thought no way am I writing about Manchester
I can’t see a sequel to Waters - Amy’s story is told - but there is a new novel coming out with Inspired Quill in Nov which will, I think, appeal
Oh that’s mega cool! The only time I’ve been essayed before was to rip the sh*t out of me, so hopefully I survive better this timeIt's probably a bad idea. I'm torn between there has to be more and knowing that would probably ruin the magic.
I am really excited about the new one. I'm using Waters in an essay this week about my context.
Oh that’s mega cool! The only time I’ve been essayed before was to rip the sh*t out of me, so hopefully I survive better this time
That sounds amazing. I’d love to read it, if that was appropriate, when you’re done. I’m glad to hear you are feeling more confident about your voice and placeAbsolutely this is the coolest essay I have ever been asked to write. It's about how we arrived at where we are as writers.
I'm using Waters and probably Inish as examples of stories that are set in a regional setting and have inspired me to get brave about the place I live in and I'm passionate about. Unlike yourself I have a disconnect. My voice is very Northern English but I haven't lived there in thirty years, I don't know how to live in a city in 2020. I'm also placing Amy alongside Margery from my favourite book as why they're such great female characters.
I'm going to rip the sh*t out of a sit-com called Mountain Goats that helped me understand what cultural appropriation is really about My views on that particular piece of cr*p are well deserved and the producer got my views before it was broadcast.
I'm still ruminating on my short story for the horror sub but so far it is set in Christmas 1922, Lyme Regis, and is tentatively called The Bailiff's Cottage. It's similar in feel/style to my 300 worders The Rise of Woman, and Breaking the Seal in that I'm hoping for something Jamesian. First ideas became a bit too Lovecraftian so I ditched that...
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