Thursday, 2 July 2009

July 2009 update

As I write this, I am awaiting a visit from a Daily Mail photographer! A letter I wrote to them is to be their 'lead letter' (with photo of me at work) on Monday 6 July: all about the importance of sharing books with young children, which is one of my main passions! No news on the sale of my novel (YET!), although sadly the rejections are piling up, but life goes on and I continue to write just about everything else - fiction, poems and features. Although I didn't make it to the finals of the Poetic Republic poetry competition, I have done the next best thing and written about it - article accepted for publication in Writing Magazine, September issue. Still several magazine short stories out there too - some bought and paid for and just waiting to appear, others awaiting editors' decisions. And my monthly columns in Child Care and Writers' Forum are still going strong and bringing in the regular money. I am reading a book called 'We can't all be astronauts' in bed at nights now, all about a failed novelist coming to terms with the fact that he may not be destined for publication and great things after all - I know how he feels, and let's be honest - it's a great dream but for most of us it never actually comes true, no matter how hard we try/wish for it. So, for now, having my pic in the Daily Mail for millions to see is as famous as I'm gonna get - this month anyway! I just wish I could make up my mind what to wear when the photographer arrives.