Wow! What a year 2020 has been. The pandemic has upended life as we know it. I have been working from home since March. I’ve saved a fortune in petrol costs but I have really missed the social interactions with my wonderful team. And to cap it off, my job was made redundant in July. Thankfully I’ve managed to secure a new role to really hit the ground running come January. And if all of that wasn’t enough, I’ve been enjoying a long-term back issue. With Christmas just around the corner, I still have a lot to be proud of and a lot to be thankful for too. I want to take a moment to thank some of those that have helped me. I’ll add links to their Facebook groups or websites at the end.
Lately I have been working on a short story. It’s my contribution to a collection of short stories that will be published next year. There are some fantastic authors involved. I cannot wait to share more information with you all nearer the time and actually see my work in print!
I’ve had a bit of a break recently in terms of As the Crow Flies. I needed to focus my efforts on Chasing Shadows. Having completed my second draft of it, I sent it to a couple of authors I have had the good fortune to become friends with over recent years. I met both Richard Dee and A.K. Alliss through reviewing their books and a mutual love of books and writing. Both have offered advice on my work and loads of encouragement. With their help I am now working on refining it into a third draft. Hopefully this will be finished in short order, then it’ll be off to an editor for final tweaks and formatting. All being well I will be able to publish it early into 2021!
Aside from these two there are some other wonderful people I’d like to name check with thanks for their support in my work. Author Lizzie Chantree runs a wonderful Facebook group full of enthusiastic and encouraging people. She runs writing sprints to help motivate with writing and shares hints and tips. This group has really helped keep me going with regular writing.
Then there is the wonderful Jen Parker of Fuzzy Flamingo. She can help with book cover design for print and digital, editing services, typesetting and formatting and all-round encouragement and morale boosting. Though I’ve yet to work with her in a professional capacity, she has always been generous with her time and advice. Jen is also the person responsible for organising the collection of short stories I am contributing to. I can only imagine trying to keep all of us writers in line is not too dissimilar to wrangling a bunch of manic cats! She also runs the Fuzzy Flamingo Book Lovers Facebook group. Its a place for book lovers to come together and talk books. There is even a book club where participants can read the same book and get together on a Zoom call to discuss it.
And what post of thanks would be complete without mentioning my wife, Vanessa. She has helped encourage and motivate me to complete things, rather than wade through a sea of part-finished ideas. She also listens to me ramble on about various thoughts and ideas in relation to my writing!
Here are some links to the various people I’ve mentioned in this post in case you want to check any of them out.
Websites and Facebook Groups
Richard Dee – author of cozy sci-fi, sci-fi and steampunk. You can find his website here. He is also on GoodReads
A.K. Alliss – author of cyberpunk and fantasy novels on GoodReads
Lizzie Chantree – author and owner of the wonderful Facebook group Lizzie’s Book Group full of advice and support
Jen Parker – editor, cover designer, formatter and all-round good egg that’s always happy to help! If you need her professional services, head to the Fuzzy Flamingo website, or head over to the Fuzzy Flamingo Book Lovers Facebook group
All that’s left for me to do is to wish you all very merry Christmas!