With the weather either wet and windy or sunny but freezing cold, I’ve been huddled over my keyboard for most of January trying to make progress with my writing. I’m excited to report that Scarborough Fair is almost ready to go to the proof-readers and the unimaginatively titled Scarborough Book Two now has 30,000 words. However, 30,000 words is a bit of a danger point for me because that’s when I really start to question if an idea actually has legs. Let’s hope Book Two is still standing this time next month!
This has been a good month for reading, that’s to say I’ve been doing lots of it. I enjoyed Doctor Sleep by Stephen King which is the sequel to his classic novel The Shining. I also read Pet Sematary which I got for Christmas – super creepy stuff for dark winter nights. I’m trying to fit in more non-fiction this year and Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner is extremely interesting and makes you think about the world in new ways. I’m also working my way through At Home: A Short History of Private Life by the wonderful Bill Bryson. It’s packed to the rafters with fascinating stories, people and facts. I’m hoping to discover lots of new authors in 2016, particularly indie authors, so I’m really pleased to have found Jane Davis. I’m very much enjoying I Stopped Time by her, a beautifully written novel with a dual-time perspective.
After a bit of a break over Christmas I’m back to swimming three times a week and trying to fit in more walking and yoga sessions. It’s so important as writers that we keep exercising and moving around. I used to go to an Astanga yoga class but, quite frankly, it was killing my inner thigh muscles and I had to step back. Now I do a gentler routine at home and I’m recovering the flexibility I lost when I was doing the much more strenuous Astanga yoga.
How’s your 2016 going so far? Discovered any good books? Do please let me know in the comments below!