Thursday, 25 June 2009

What's going on?

You'll excuse the partially non-writing update this time on this site, but a few things have been going on which I thought you, dear reader, may wish to know about.

I'm shutting down my other blog, on politics and languages (and whatever else catches my attention) for the summer. The reason? I don't have time for it as I'm getting married. I'll still have time for this writing site, though, as I'm keeping on writing.

So you want to know more about the wedding? Japes! I'm preparing to head off to the Philippines with my fiancée in a few weeks to get hitched. There may be a bit of a delay in writing updates here while I'm away, so you'll know why. It was a choice between getting wed here in the United Kingdom, or in the Philippines, so with the inevitable rain that usually drenches these Isles, off to Philippines it is. Honeymoon location still to be decided, but probably somewhere in the Philippines also.

Speaking with a Filipino recently at a barbecue, they reminded me of the wonderful tapestry that is Philippine folklore. I have decided that if I get time off from being a bridegroom, I would like to investigate the local myths and legends of the Philippines. There are some wonderful tales, stories of the aswang (a sort of a vampiric spirit), kapre (a sort of a giant), duwende (a sort of a dwarf), Maria Makiling (the spirit of a mountain in Batangas province), and so forth, that would be fascinating for me to find out more. It may inspire a horror story or two.

If I have time that is. Wedding first!

Other news: I have a number of stories out there doing the rounds at the moment, so hopefully I'll get some reply soon and will (maybe, maybe not, depends on the editors loving/hating my work) be able to tell you of any stories that have been sold! I'm also slaving away on a long horror piece set in Wales that I am really enjoying writing. Enjoyment is usually a good sign, isn't it?

My thirtieth birthday has come and gone earlier this month, without the completed novel that I envisaged would be done by that day, due to ongoing eye problems. I'm not going to worry about goals for now. I'll maybe give arbitrary goals a consideration in November for NaNoWriMo. Seriously, I'm really thinking about giving NanoWriMo a go this year. However, at the moment I am indeed back in the saddle with regards to writing, writing semi-regularly.

I also returned to my day job this week with a number of tools for my visual impairment, albeit back at work part-time to get me back into the swing of things.

The best bit of news is that I can now read again! I have been severely restricted with my reading over the past few months due to my visual impairment (which hasn't improved), and as a bibliophile and a writer, this has been torture. I could only read a page or so at normal size before I'd have to stop, which isn't conducive to reading books (although the utilities bills are sometimes more horrific than the latest Stephen King opus). However, thanks to the assistance of a wonderful charitable fraternity, I now have an electronic magnifier. Thanks to this, I already almost have my old (pre-eye-problem) reading speed back! I may post photos of this fabulous device soon.

I have a lot of books to catch up on. I will also in due course be writing reviews here of Not Your Father's Horseman and Dark Moon Seasons by Valerie Griswold-Ford. I won the books in a contest over at the author's site and promised to do a review of them when I've read them, but have been feeling a little guilty as I haven't read them yet, so it's on my to-read list also.

So there you have it. My life, particularly both writing and non-writing aspects of it, is back on track!