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Writing, and a New Symi Magazine

Writing, and a New Symi Magazine

And here we are back at the start of another week, always a good place to be. Yes, I know, you have to go to work, and it’s Monday morning, but just think what the week ahead might hold. Here in Greece, it’s apparently going to include rain and hail from Saturday; maybe not here, but we shall wait and see. The ground and the plants, not to mention the reservoirs, could certainly do with some rain.

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Yialos

This week, for me, will also bring the end of the first draft of ‘The Witchling.’ This is one of those rare events for me. I started with an idea for a ‘The Saddling’ follow up, jotted down some notes and knew what was to happen, and then just started writing. It’s taken me four weeks to write 80,000 words and as of today (Sunday) I have two chapters left to write. I hope to get one done today and the other on Monday, and then the first draft will be done. It’s rubbish. Actually, it’s not all rubbish, but it is very quick and rough. I had to tell myself the story that was in my head before it left me and that’s what I have done. I shall then, after a break, set about a draft two where it will be much improved, I hope. Because I already have the setting, characters, dialect and backstory, it was a case of adding in the words and inventing a few new things while keeping to the ‘rules’ and facts written in ‘The Saddling’. Don’t expect it on sale anytime soon though, it needs a lot of work.

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A couple of makes seem popular

What will be on sale soon is ‘Remotely’ with a new cover and, at the same time, the first ‘Miss P’ novella. If you’ve read ‘Remotely’ you will have met Miss P. The idea now is, when in the mood, I write novellas featuring this character and put them on sale for, say, 99p on Kindle. When we have finalised the ‘Remotely’ cover, we’ll use the same style for ‘Honestly’, and I’ll launch that together with the new look ‘Remotely.’ That will hopefully be in a few weeks. After that, it’s on to ‘Symi, Stuff & Nonsense’ which I want to have out in November, ready for Christmas.

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Someone will be back for them later.

What’s available now, however, has nothing to do with me (though I am mentioned in it) and it’s free. There’s a new magazine out, Symi, by ΝΗΣΟΣ Free Press, http://nissosgr.com/ (The site is under construction, and I haven’t found the online version yet, but I have seen a link to it somewhere. If I find it again I will let you know.)

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Symi Magazine

It’s a great looking magazine, and you can pick up copies from various places on Symi. There’s Symi info, a map, advertising, news from the Town Hall, articles and other information, some of which is in English. Apparently, it’s available online from the Apple App Store and in the Android Market, though I don’t use them, so I’ve not looked. Might give you something to do, find and look at when you get to work and have a coffee break?

For me, it’s back to those last two chapters. I’ve left someone tied to a stake about to be burned by a witch who he is tricking into being burned again to save the village from… It’s all go down on the Romney Marshes.