All is well, despite the silence. I’ve been putting all my energy into winning a short story contest. With a £25,000 prize and a star-studded judging panel, I’m expecting the competition to be fierce. To win, I think I’ll have to write something better than anything I’ve written before.

The deadline is next Monday at 5pm, and at this rate I’ll be taking a taxi across London and hand-delivering it at 4:59. But I will finish, and I will enter the contest. Winning or not winning is out of my hands, of course, but I have promised myself that I will at least enter, and I will take the time to produce a story I am truly proud of.

I’ve also been trying to make a lot of progress on my next novel before taking a long Christmas break. So in other words, I am in a ‘manic phase’. Blog posts (and also email, for those of you who’ve emailed me) have had to be sacrificed for now, along with many other things. It’s not a very sensible way to live, but it’s only for a while. I’ll write more when I next come up for air.


  1. Georgina 26 November 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Good luck Andrew!

  2. Greg Watts 27 November 2009 at 10:42 am

    Yes, good luck, Andrew. It’s worth a shot.

  3. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 1 December 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks very much, Georgina and Greg! Well, I finished it, I handed it in, and I am happy with it. Now it’s up to the judges. Thanks for the good wishes!!


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