Days 31 to 45 - Where does the time go? Think the boggart drugged my tea with sleeping draught!

 Hello readers,

Where have the past 14 days gone? Seems time is just flying by during this pandemic - fingers crossed next year is better! 

Well, let’s see, last week was mine and my partner’s 9 year anniversary and so we both took the week off of work. We were meant to go to London for a few days to visit most of the museums (neither of us have been since we were children) as we are huge history nuts, however, we didn’t feel secure going anymore due to the pandemic and, well, we weren’t even sure the museums would be back open again so soon. Instead, we spent most of one of the days at Avebury which is full of Neolithic sites (standing stones, Silsbury hill, barrows etc.) which satisfied our hunger for history, at least for that week. We then spent the rest of the week going places and/or having relaxing duvet days (we pull out the sofa bed downstairs, bring down the duvet from our bed, and watch films or TV shows for the entire day) so, all in all, a good week.

During last week, I took a break from my journey to becoming a fantasy expert in order to enjoy the time I had with my partner and our two spaniels. However, I am now getting back on track and have uploaded the second part of my ‘publishers who work with fantasy writers’ which you can find at the top of this blog! In it, I have listed over 30 journals, magazine and e-zines (online magazines) with basic information on each so that you can see which might be relevant or of interest to yourself, however, for full details you will need to follow the links to each publisher’s website.

I have also been trying to work on my book review and writing plans, however, I ask that you please bare with me as, thanks to COVID-19 and resultant job losses across the country, I am in the long and arduous process of finding a new day job as my current one is only a temporary contract (ending in October) and, unfortunately, my writing does not yet pay my mortgage and bills, haha. I am hoping to hear from a job I interviewed for yesterday by either tomorrow or Monday evening ... if I can secure this new job then I will once again be able to focus more on this blog, my website, my writing and everything else. Wish me luck!

In other matters, NaNoWriMo is approaching fast - a writing challenge which occurs every November, for more information see my post Day 11 - Packing for summer Camp (NaNo)! Now, where’s that house-elf?’ - and I have decided that I am going to commit to it again this year with a brand new novel idea. This one started off as a dream that occurred almost every night for two weeks and wouldn’t leave me alone until I wrote the idea down and brainstormed it. I will reveal more details about this project nearer to November but for now I will tease that it is a dark, quest, new adult fantasy novel filled with witches, pagan and druid influences, an ancient goddess, dangerous creatures, and things that aren’t what they appear to be. Now, I know that I said I was planning on continuing to write the first draft of an old fantasy quest novel with a twist that I wanted to revive, but it was being difficult for me still and I realised that I haven’t worked on a new project in over 3 years! The prospect of working on something new has stirred my muse from its slumber once again, and I cannot wait to start writing! I have a lot of prep work to do before November, however, so will be using this month and next to focus mainly on that and Halloween is going to be great for inspiration for this novel just before NaNoWriMo begins! I have not had a successful time writing either in or out of a NaNo challenge (which occur throughout each year) in 3 years and I am determined to get a win as I have had enough, haha.

Last, but not least in this update of my journey, I am still waiting to hear from the magazine Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History regarding whether they have accepted or rejected my short story for publication. They did advise that their decision could take up to three months, and it has only been just one month so far, so please keep your fingers crossed for me and I will announce the news as soon as I receive it!

Autumn is nearly upon us and I cannot wait - it is my favourite season! I hope it is sunny wherever you find yourself today; best to enjoy it before the chills and thrills of the colder seasons arrive :) 


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