Readers of my blog are probably due a progress update. As I often say on these pages, it is slow progress on the writing front during the summer months, with all manner of activities competing for my time. Our garden is pretty easy to maintain, but nevertheless, a bit of care is needed here and there. With the weather improving (well, admittedly, it’s bucketing it down at the moment), there’s more walking opportunities, more holidays and recently I’ve been pretty busy at work. One of the downsides of being a software engineer and author is that after a long day in front of a computer screen, the last thing you feel like doing is writing a new chapter or even fine-tuning something that you’ve already written.
Well, if you think all of this is my way of laying the ground for bad news, then think again. I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I’m pleased to announce that work on Monkey Arkwright’s latest adventure, The Well of Tears, has reached the halfway stage. Kind of.
It’s worth noting that in my previous progress report (in March), the old scoreboard was reading 10 chapters / 21,000 words. Fast forward to June and that’s ticked over to 19 chapters / 41,000 words. I was going to wait until I’d finished the next chapter before getting the bugle and bunting out and announcing that I’d reached the halfway mark, but the next chapter requires a bit of thought and might take a couple of weeks to chisel out. By the time that that chapter is done, I’ll probably be just over halfway.
All the usual caveats apply: this is only a first draft, but I do take my time with the chapters and do plenty of editing, proofreading and using Microsoft Word’s text-to-speech function as I go. I’m still aiming to complete the first draft before the end of the year, before commencing with any re-writes and tweaking the plot and characters as necessary.
I know there are at least a handful of people waiting for a resolution to that cliffhanger at the end of Black Hearts Rising, and I’m doing my level best to make sure the work-in-progress lives up to what’s come before, finishing off the trilogy in a way that does justice to the story arcs I’ve set in motion.
In the meantime, thanks for reading my blog and for buying and reading my books.