Once again, I appear to have been neglecting my blog – having posted nothing here for more than a month, except for my Xmas day blog hop post and yesterday’s reblog from Jennifer Wilson.
This is not the first time. of course, and I suppose there have been reasons – primarily the festive season, and before that a holiday I was lucky enough to grab in some Spanish sunshine (and a little rain) before Xmas festivities got underway. This latter meant that I finally got back to Matthew Wansford and his friends, who have been stranded in Dublin for months (there are worse places to spend time, of course, but that’s no reason not to be getting on with their lives… ) At least that trip proved I don’t have writer’s block – 19,000+ words were written … when I had the peace and quiet (and no distractions) that allow me to reintroduce myself to my characters and move events in the 1480s along….
So I’m slightly nearer completion of my work-in-progress, the third book in the Order of the White Boar sequence. Its working title is still ‘King in Waiting’ – maybe that won’t change, just like that for The Order never did. (Although after The King’s Man, is it wise to have another book with the word ‘King’ in its title? What do you think? Your thoughts on the subject would be most welcome…)
Once back from Spain, of course, there was the little matter of the launch of Right Trusty and Well Beloved..., the second anthology of Richard III-inspired stories (and poems) to be sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK), the follow-up to Grant Me the Carving of My Name. This took place a little over a week before Christmas in a very festive York and it was fantastic to welcome so many of the contributors to take part. They came from as far away as North Wales, the south coast of England, and even Pennsylvania, and can be seen in the pics below: Terri Beckett, Wendy Johnson, Kristin Mareska, Liz Ottosson, Brian Wainwright, Jennifer C. Wilson. Each author read from their work and/or gave a talk about King Richard, all of which went down well with the audience at York Explore. And afterwards, those of us who could stay gratefully retired to The Eagle and Child around the corner for a welcome drink… or two.
The two anthologies have now raised around £2,000 for SAUK and I’d just like to say very many thanks again to all the contributors, and particularly those who went out of their way to attend the two launches in York.
So that’s what I’ve been doing the past couple of months when I’ve been largely absent from WordPress. Oh, and apart from trying to get with the day job recently, I should perhaps also mention that I’ve made a first step on to another social media platform – this time Instagram. I have yet to figure out how to use it (still being stuck largely in the fifteenth century), but if you’d like a good laugh at my stuttering first efforts, you might like to follow me at AlexMarchantAuthor. Do be sure to say hello!
Who knows what else 2020 may bring?
Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK).
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