My dear readers,
It has been exactly twenty days since I last posted. This has been the longest time since 2018 where I haven’t been productive in terms of writing and my heart has missed my characters and stories, as well as you all, very much. I needed time to recover; an eight years-long relationship that finds its end is no joke. I now feel like my life has taken a new shape of normality. My home is no longer in a state of disorder and calm surrounds me - aside of course from the fact that we had a storm in Cardiff and at this very moment the wind is howling!
I have two good news and one bad. The good ‘number one’ is that I’m back on the saddle, that I’ll be putting together a website, a new, more functional mailing list and Purple Stain is at last in the final stages of its production.
The bad is that Tigers Don’t Cry’s posting will still be discontinued for the time being (aaagh!) but don’t fear, it’s for editorial reasons, not because I gave up on it! When I started writing it, I had in mind to create a short story and never would have I thought that Nate will elbow his way through the world, saying, ‘I need a book of my own, I do!’
The novel is deeply flawed from a plot perspective - and many other perspectives obviously, it’s only a first draft! - and in order to continue writing and finish the story, I need to fix these structural, major issues first.
The second good news is - and this is great for you - that I’ll be posting the first three chapters of Purple Stain - proof edited! - on Substack today, for you to sample and, to thank you for your patience and support, I’ll make sure that - if you’re interested, that is - you’ll receive a free paper copy of the book as soon as it’s launched.
Just leave a little note in a comment below to let me know if you’d like for me to send you a copy.
here's to new beginnings, and a new story! i would love to read your complete books, free or not. lmk
So happy to see you're back! As sad as I am about Tiger Don't Cry, I'm super excited to read those Purple Stain chapters and the book intself when it's done. Glad the storms haven't affected you too bad as I'd heard they were much worse down south.