In August 2013, I signed up for Misha’s 5 year project. My goal was to finish writing a novel and to get it published. Since then, I’ve completed two novels.
The Reluctant Scribe, my first novel, is set in 6th century China and is a coming-of-age novel featuring a young would-be warrior, whose family falls on hard times. I’ve had positive feedback about the novel, but no agent wants to take it on.
Last month, I promised to revisit the piece, rewrite the beginning, and start the process of self-publishing. I’m ashamed to say I’ve made no progress. Why not? I’ll fill you in later…
The Orbital Contract, my second novel, is a sci-fi action story, featuring a strong female protagonist and aimed at the YA market. I think it’s a good page-turner of a novel, and is the sort of thing that should do well as an eBook.
Last month, I decided to find an editor and self-publish. I’m still waiting to hear back from a potential editor, and must chase this up.
WHY the lack of progress? I promised to tell you. The truth is I’ve been distracted by another project…
Yes. The UK’s most dangerous animal.
Why? Let me explain…
On my walking blog I have a page entitled Killer Cattle, where I outline some of the troubling statistics about cows and how they injure and kill several hikers every year in the UK. As a result of that page, I’ve been contacted by numerous people who have had problems with cattle, including some who have been seriously injured and nearly died.
So, I decided, it’s time for ACTION. This is what I’ve been doing…
- Putting together a portfolio of statistics and stories about cattle.
- Building a new website dedicated to the issue.
- Constructing a reporting form for cattle incidents on Poll Daddy.
- Finding contacts and allies to help lobby for change.
All this is important and worthwhile activity, but it has interfered with my writing time. Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on progress.