Well here I am again a few days after my last post and already life has moved on considerably. I had thought that I would be writing a novel about a science teacher called Libby Lane, but I found myself procrastinating because I wasn't quite ready to write that book, and I didn't want to start a book and then stop part way through because I had no idea where I was going to take the story. I had a start and a finish, but I wasn't sure about the middle bit. So Libby has been shelved for now, but the illustration for the book cover did come back and I was super pleased with it - that won't be wasted as I suspect that Libby will make an appearance in a very different book.
I was initially a bit sceptical at my unwillingness to write the Libby Lane book, but my instinct was that Libby needed more time in the stewing and brewing process before she was ready to emerge as a full on novel. I didn't feel like I was simply moving on to the next thing because it was more shiny. It was a smart move, and I'm glad I followed my instinct.
So instead of starting on a novel, I decided to give myself a smaller milestone, that was more manageable until I could get myself into the writing habit. It was hard to get my bum in the seat, but once I sat down to write, the story flowed, and I am now totally in love with the characters, and have spent the past few days planning out an entire year of stories!!
Introducing Bertram Bile
So here he is, the main character for my new series about Bertram Bile and his best friend Molly. I don't really know where either of them came from. I just started out writing about an old tree, and suddenly 11 year old Bertram was born, and then came his evil geography teacher Miss Petrenko, and finally his best friend Molly. And now I have my very first short story, and I'm itching to write the next one.
One Very Big Challenge!
I have now set myself one very big task ahead, but ultimately I think it could really help me to become a better writer, and to bring in some income, and to connect with the children supported by my charity. All I have to do now, is to write one story for every day of 2018 and my Bertram and Molly series. Stand alone stories, that can equally be read as a series, and I feel like it is becoming a little bit steampunk, and will jump back and forth between the past, present, and future, but equally link in with my journey as I swim along the length of the River Thames from source to sea.
Wish me luck!!!!! And Happy Birthday Bertram!!! The first story will be available for free for 5 days and I'm going to release it on Amazon on the 1st January 2018. In the meantime.