I always promised myself I’d never write a “Sorry I haven’t posted in a while…” post.
So this isn’t one of those posts. I’m not apologising, nor am I labouring under the illusion that hordes of you were out there waiting for my latest post. I’m just trying to get back into a regular rhythm, without too much fuss.
I’ve been writing a lot – just not on here. I’m hard at work on the third novel, which I’m alternating between being excited about and depressed by, a sure sign that I’m getting close to finishing. It’s a semi-historical, semi-contemporary novel, with one thread involving my real-life great great grandfather and another involving a present-day man who is most certainly not me. More to come on that.
I’ve also been doing lots of other writing – freelance journalism, book reviews and the like. The freelance journalism is paying the bills for my life here in Crete, while the book reviews pay anywhere from $50 to “thanks very much”, but are fun to write.
My latest one was for Shiny New Books, the new(ish) web magazine published by four book bloggers I very much admire. Check it out if you haven’t already – it’s a great place to discover new books to add to your reading pile. The reviews are generally in-depth enough to give you insight into the book, but not so long or detailed as to make your eyes glaze over. If you’ve read the blogs of its creators—Tales from the Reading Room, Annabel’s House of Books, Harriet Devine’s Blog, and Stuck in a Book—then you’ll know what to expect.
My contribution to Issue 2 was a review of Tom McCulloch’s debut novel The Stillman, published by Sandstone Press, a small publisher in the Scottish Highlands. The novel tells the sad story of a 50-year-old stillman at a whisky distillery who has closer relationships with the machines he monitors than with the people around him. He keeps the various elements of his life carefully separated, until someone starts emailing him his dead mother’s old journal entries, and everything comes crashing together.
Worth a read, I think. The book, I mean, not my review. But if you want to read the review, here it is.