Another cold month here in the UK, I’ve mainly been staying indoors and getting on with work. One of my proofreaders has finished Scarborough Fair and found a total of 12 typos, which I guess isn’t bad for an 80,000 word novel, but I’m sure glad she caught them before the book gets published. If I read a published book that contained 12 errors then I’d think the book was “riddled” with typos and I’d be pretty annoyed. My designer at 99designs has done a fabulous cover for Scarborough so I’m very excited about that. I’m still ploughing on with Book Two, which is now at around 35,000 words, so up 5,000 since this time last month. That doesn’t sound like much but that’s a net increase. Many words were also deleted during that time!
It’s been another good month for reading. I read the psychological thriller Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson. I’d seen the film starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth so I knew what was going to happen but I wanted to see how the author had originally worked the story as a novel. It’s about a woman who has suffered a trauma many years ago and lost her memory. Each morning she wakes up and can’t remember who she is and her husband has to remind her. In the film Christine (played by Nicole Kidman) keeps a video diary to try and remember her days. In the novel this was originally a written diary. It’s a terrific story, both as a book and as a film. Another interesting book I read was All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s set in World War Two and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Beautifully written and quite a subtle story, I wrote a review of it here. Just for something completely different I also read my first ever Lee Child book because I came across Killing Floor (the first Jack Reacher novel) in my local library and thought I’d give it a go. If you want a fast-paced action-adventure story then it’s pretty good.
Yesterday was my choir’s annual away-day. We did a concert in a lovely village church in Adderbury in Oxfordshire. We performed The Goslings, a humorous song by Frank Bridge. Here it is sung impeccably by The King’s Singers at the Proms in 2008: