So, I’m pretty busy writing at the moment. Just to kick my own ass a bit, I sent the first 18,000 words of my novel in progress to my editor at Harper Collins to see if she felt I was on the right track. The good news is she loves it so far! We’ve agreed that I will send my work to her in 4 chunks so that I can get editorial feedback as I go, which I find very useful. I also find it motivational when there’s someone somewhere waiting for the next instalment. It means I actually have to write it! 🙂
This week, I set myself the very doable target of writing 300 words per day with a view to finishing the first draft by the end of October. For the last couple of days I’ve written 700-800 words on my commute to and from work, so it’s working well so far. I know there will be days when I haven’t got time or the muse will have disappeared as she has been known to do – so it’s best to be ahead of your own game! Or at least trick yourself into thinking you are. 🙂
I’m also about a third of the way into my second collection of short stories. My aim is to write a story a month alongside the novel writing. If things go according to plan – it looks like I’ll be publishing on the double again in 2018. Stay tuned!
Recent good news is that I’m on the longlist for the Colm Toibin short story competition. It’s one of my brand new stories – so it’s great to get some vindication for new material. In other news, David and I are off the Cuirt literary festival this week. David will be reading from his new poetry collection “All the Barbaric Glass” – while we’re both popping along to Kenny’s bookshop to do a video reading for their website.
And finally…. in breaking news: On the success of STACCATO, I’ve decided to found Bray Literary Festival. This is a fledgling idea at present, but something I’m determined to get off the ground, hopefully this autumn! It will be a two day event over a Saturday and Sunday and will host approx. 30 writers. There has been great interest among the writing community so far and I’m hugely excited about the venture. More news about that soon….
Last week at the Limerick Literary Festival my short story collection When Black Dogs Sing was named winner of the Kate O’ Brien Award 2017. I am hugely grateful to my publisher Arlen House and to all involved in the judging process. We had a terrific time and had the privilege of meeting some fabulous people, in particular Donal Ryan and the lovely Ann-Marie.