You know how you feel when, after labouring for a long time over something, you achieve your goal? That feeling of completion, of satisfaction and pride? Well, that’s how I feel. Why? Because this week, after two years of plotting, writing, revising, editing here and there, and integrating feedback into my work in progress, I have finished the sequel to Across Spacetime! Just over 40,000 words. Double the amount of words written in Across Spacetime.
Soon I’ll dive into the second phase, revising.
Next phase, editing.
Third, shopping around for a suitable editor, submitting my manuscript and interacting with the editor.
Fourth, printing everything again, reading it a few more times, and pitching it to publishers around the world.
And after landing a publishing contract, the planning of the book launch will commence.
You see, although finishing a manuscript is no mean feat, it’s really just the beginning of the journey to publication.
However, I feel like celebrating this achievement in order to draw from it the strength I need to carry on.
And you, dear reader, would you like to share your latest achievement with my Community of Seekers?
Last weekend I had a good time. At the Urban Room in Folkestone I attended two workshops organised by The Triennial, the art event that has put Folkestone on the international map again, and of which I talked about on a previous blog post; and I also enjoyed two performances.
The Saturday afternoon workshop was Punctuate your Life! with Philip Cowell author of This Is Me, Full Stop. We discussed our punctuation likes and dislikes (I love commas, because they divide and unite at the same time), and even invented our own signs. Mine is the double semicolon. It’s to be used in very long sentence. I have the feeling it won’t catch up but I love it.
On Sunday morning I took part in the discussion (with coffee and delicious French pastry) Accentuate the Positive with Susanne Howard, founder and artistic director of the charity Living Words. After introducing ourselves and therefore letting the other participants know where our accents came from, we shared our personal views and experiences. For example, does having a posh accent still help climb the social ladder?
In the early afternoon I enjoyed the live performance of Emily Peasgood’s contemporary choral work Halfway to Heaven, created for this year’s Folkestone Triennial. If you can make it to Folkestone before the 5th November you can hear it on the installation site, the Baptist burial ground. This piece is really moving and made me shed a few tears.
In the evening I went to Something to Declare, a performance poetry on cultural identity and heritage, organised by Susanne Howard. In the freezing wind outside the Urban House our love for poetry was severely tested.
Even I, not a poet, had the chance to read one of my pieces out loud. I’m pleased to say that it was well received and now you can judge it for yourself. I’d be delighted to know your thoughts on it.
Freedom of Speech
Freedom to think, say and write
Whatever I fancied
When I was young
That’s what I expected.
As I grew up I realised, aghast,
That freedom of speech usually is
Freedom to say only what
The powerful allow me to say.
More and more our freedom of speech is curtailed.
“To keep you safe,” Mrs May says
As she comes up with Chinese ways
To put us in a cage.
Don’t say this
Don’t say that
You must be Politically Correct.
Don’t say this
Don’t say that
Otherwise spineless people
You might offend.
So now in Canada
Using the wrong pronoun
To address a person
A crime has become.
That’s why I declare
That freedom of speech
Is more important
Than you and me.
Because to find win-win solutions
In a complex world
Critical thinkers we must go for.
And to think critically
To connect the dots
Freedom of speech
Is all we’ve got.
Here's the third and final part of my short story A New Beginning, published in the Folkestone 2014 Anthology.
If you've missed the previous parts, click part 1 and/or part 2 to read them.
A NEW BEGINNING
A week ago I appeared as a guest on the programme #Waffling on a Wednesday with lovely Kay McLoughlin.
It was my first time in a radio station and didn't know what to expect. Kay turned out to be very professional and very friendly, as you can tell from the clip in this blog post.
I had the chance to talk to her and her audience about my book signing at the Folkestone Film, TV and Comic Con the next Sunday, what inspired me to write Across Spacetime and share my love for beautiful Folkestone.
Enjoy the interview!
If you’ve missed it, here's the link to the Facebook episode. I'm in from 17.43.
Me, when I was asked to keep them updated on my future publications and invited me back on the show!
Check it out here:
Luckily, author Kal Uddin is available to replace her.
Here's the schedule:
Lela Markham 3 pm-4 pm BST or 6 am -7 am Alaska Daylight Time
Tim Lewis 4 pm-5 pm BST or 11am-12pm EDT
Jessica Veter 5pm-6pm BST or 12pm-1pm EDT
Helena Trooperman 6pm-7pm BST or 1pm-2pm EDT
Angela Guidolin 7pm -8pm British Summer Time or 2-pm-3pm EDT
Terence Mitford 8pm-9pm BST or 3pm-4pm EDT
Kal Uddin 9pm-10pm BST or 4pm-5pm EDT
Melissa Macfie 10pm-11pm BST or 5pm-6pm EDT
To find out the correspondent time in your time zone, just follow the link:http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
And here are the Giveaway Prizes:
By Lela Marham: The Willow Branch-Book 1 of The Daerman Cycle (Fantasy); and Life As We Knew It-Book 1 of the Transformation Project Series (Science Fiction)
By Tim Lewis: Timeshock: I Want My Life Back-Book 1 in the series (Science Fiction); and Magpies and Magic-Book 1 (Fantasy)
By Jessica S. Veter: The Eyes Have it (Science Fiction)
By Helena Trooperman: Good Fortune: A Futuristic Techno Thriller (Thriller)
By Angela Guidolin: 2 copies of Across Spacetime (authorgraphed)
By Terence Mitford: The Scarlet Club, (Thriller)
By Kal Uddin: Rise of the Red Harbinger-Book 1 of The Drowned Realm (Fantasy)
By Melissa Macfie: Fate's Hand- Book 1 of The Celtic Prophecy (Fantasy)
See you there!
105.9 Academy FM Folkestone
A New Beginning
Facebok Book Release Party
Folkestone Film TV & Comic Con 2017
Freedom Of Speech
The Book Lovers Blog Hop
The George Wilder Jr Show
The London Book Fair 2017
The Richie Allen Show
The Worm Hole
What's Hot London