Part 2 of the Blue Jackets has been submitted and is now in the edit phase. I love this part, the rough edges are sand-blasted and the story improves. I have also been writing quite heavily for Part 3. This is the part I'm looking forward to :)
I have completed the first draft of Growth Spurt, Part 2 of the Blue Jackets. Tomorrow I will proof read and rewrite any sections I feel need it. After that I will send it to the publishers and then the edit stage begins. I'm hoping that this time round the editing process will be a smoother process than 'Induction'. This part of the story follows the story of Lydia who undergoes a sudden and unexpected manisfestation of her powers. Life as a depressed teenager suddenly got exciting!
As well as finishing the book I had a huge amount of odd jobs to do. I'm not going to bore you with the details of them all but I did have a great esult with the Gateshead Housing Company. In mid-April I put a repair in for the access I had installed to allow access to the garden. Eventually, sick of waiting, I phoned today to see when they were going to carry the repair out. The rather bemused lady on the end of the phone told me it had been done. Oh no, it hadn't! 'I'll call back' she said. About twenty minutes later a car pulled up with two managers in. They wanted to inspect the job as the workman had filed the paperwork for a completed job. It became obvious that the wrong job had been completed. The manager initally said that it wasn't his department's job then had a change of heart and said they'd be back tomorrow to do the job. Result!
I also had a great catch up with Anna, a girl who I went to school with and who I haven't seen since the day we left. Anna is doing a lot to help promote me and I am very grateful for that but it was more amazing to catch up with someone who I haven't seen for so long. I'm very happy about the meeting.
I've been ignoring this blog again. Sorry! Yes, I realise that I need to update more regularly. Yes, I realise that without regular updates I won't find an audience. Sorry! Must try harder...
So the week since I updated last? What's happened?
Sadly no humorous wheelchair-based anecdotes. But what has happened has been fantastic.
Firstly, the promotional trip that my publishers were talking about looks like it is happening in the autumn. They are travelling from the U.S. to spend time with their U.K. based authors so I'm extremely excited about that. I need venues to hold a author reading/meet and greet for my eBook, so any recommendations would be gratefully received.
Secondly, progress on the second part of The Blue Jackets, Growth Spurt, has been more than satisfactory. I had reached a bit of a block on it but I had a fit of creativity and all is going well now.
Lastly, and more importantly, I was interviewed for a local newspaper. I am to expect a photographer soon to take some shots to accompany the piece. The details I have are so sketchy that they are currently unavailable but more details will come as soon as I have them.
M. Leon Smith lives in the North East of England. He writes short stories of natural and supernatural horror as well as a Young Adult Superhero series: Blue Jackets