Back to Work

It’s now been over a week since my Mum’s death.  The funeral was held yesterday and was lovely, a celebration of a long life well-lived.

Now I want to get back to work.  I have written well over 60,000 words of my current novel and had planned to spend October finishing it off.  Well, I’ve lost some time so I’ll either have to increase my daily word rate or delay publication by a week or so.

The problem is that I have a deadline.  We will be moving to France on 1 December and there is much to do to get ready for that move.  Fortunately, we have already decided that this is to be out gap year and have decided to rent an apartment rather than to buy.  This will minimise the tasks we’ll have to do considerably.  Still, there is still plenty of things to keep me from my writing.

Including writing this post.

I normally don’t read the whole of a novel until I’ve finished it but I am now pondering reading the whole of it before picking up again.

One useful tip I’ve found, by the way, is to upload it as a PDF file on my Kindle.  This gets the closest to the eventual reading experience and I am able to annotate it – although this isn’t as easy as making pencil notes on a print-out.  A good tip is to make your font large as Kindle can’t make a PDF font look bigger.  I found that a font size of 20 is the minimum.

Anyway, back to work.  I’m looking forward to it.



About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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