Writing about walking across England is taking me even longer than I took to do the walk! I’ve got a few more posts to go, which will come rather faster as I have some new projects I want to move on to in March. Namely, getting on with publishing my fiction writing — which is where my heart (mostly) lies. Or at least my imagination. For although I did spend a goodly amount of time on my walk thinking about life, the universe, and everything, a lot more of it was spent in an entirely imaginary universe with nine interconnected worlds, Fairyland, and the Lands Beyond — where things get very odd indeed.
One of the things I thought about was how I wanted to move forward with my novel-writing. Over the course of my travelling I did some research into publishers and publishing options, and realised a number of things. One is that I want people to read my writing sooner rather than later. Another is, I really like the practical aspects of how a book comes together. A third is that independent publishing has changed hugely in the three and a half years since I last looked into it — and a fourth is that the projects I have been working on may well work better if I publish them myself than if go the more traditional route.
And so, my friends, I have been working hard on producing a business plan, learning about starting a small business, and madly learning all I can about being a small publisher. That’s combined with writing (irregularly) on this blog, writing (more regularly) on Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Other Voices blog (on Thursdays, about starting a small business), and writing more short stories in the last three weeks than in the rest of my life put together. Also, I’ve been learning GIMP, which is a free image manipulation software with an unfortunately steep learning curve; but a lot of fun to play with.
Over the next few weeks I plan to finish writing about my walk, and then move into some discussions of forthcoming plans related to fiction writing, and a few new areas I want to write about on this blog — so if you’ve secretly been yearning for more Dante (and who doesn’t secretly yearn for more Dante?), or detailed discussions of Maritime cheeses (if you’re not from the Maritimes, you probably didn’t even know there are any — but there are, and I want to write about them; and also beer, of which you may have heard of some Maritime brews), or, possibly, more about Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language — or garden design — well, those are all things I intend to explore at some point. Interspersed, naturally, with my usual musings about things. This is, after all, a blog named after a fantasy-world pub. I feel the need to have some more discussions about food, drink, and literature, now that I’ve whetted my appetite with all that walking.
Coming up in March . . . a cover reveal for my first novel! And there may (just may) be a short story for your enjoyment too . . .