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Meeting People

Evening Scribblers! Good God it’s been a while. Funny how time flies, especially at this time of year when whole hours are skipped and not seen again until later on in the year. Anyway, Summer is officially here and we’ve actually had good weather. Some occasional rain would be good here and there (providing when I’m actually at work and not enjoying a day off) but let’s hope we don’t have a washout come June, July and August. Mind you it’ll be a very British Olympics.

Anyway, what have I been doing since the last post which was best part of a month ago? Well, I went to London to see the Charles Dickens Ghosts Exhibition at the British Library where I bought some very good postcards and then caught the 24,700th production of The Mousetrap at the St Martin’s Theatre. Don’t worry, I won’t spill the beans but it’s very well done and when you see it you’ll know why it’s been going for nearly sixty years.

Another thing I’ve been doing, as well as sticking to a chapter draft a week, was to attend the Portsmouth Writer’s Hub. This month there were two guest speakers: Barbara Mackie discussing scriptwriting, and D.J. Kirkby who is the Writer in Residence for Portsmouth Libraries. Both talks were very interesting indeed and it shows there are high hopes for Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight to carry on their literary traditions.

Yesterday I went to a book signing by Sam Hawksmoor who has just had his novel, The Repossession, published by Hodder Childrens. I’ve read the first 160 pages and it promises to be the start of a very good series indeed. I suppose this sort of thing counts as ‘networking’ but I don’t see how as all I did was speak to fellow writers, not put a computer system together. If it’s one thing I don’t like it’s these silly words, but that’s another blog post.

Anyway, tomorrow marks the start of Chapter Ten’s drafting which will mark the halfway point in Book Two. About eighteen months ago, I was at the same point with my first novel and played ‘Livin’ On a Prayer’ to celebrate. It’s a very good feeling to get half way through a novel. By this time you should be right in the middle of the plot with the characters doing all they can to get out of their predicament and learning all the time, getting ready for the end (or a pause if you’re writing a series). I’m then going to take a risk and take a month off from the novel (or spend less time on it) as April is Script Frenzy Month, another competition run by the Office of Letters and Light (the good people who host National Novel Writing Month). If all goes well I might treat myself to a hat and a t-shirt…