I am about 80% through the editing phase of D&D2, which has the working title of ‘Hazard and Happenstance’. Hopefully the complete story will be fully edited before mid-December, when ORH takes a well-earned break.
Of course the Christmas holiday tends to put most things on hold, what with visiting relations, being visited by relations, and getting well bladdered with yule tide spirit. However, I still aim to start posting ‘Hazard and Happenstance’ at the beginning of the New Year.
In between time I would like to wish my US reader a happy Thanksgiving, and my other reader a happy Thursday.
Well at last D&D2 is completed, in draft form. My esteemed editor, Old Rotor Head(ORH), has agreed to edit my stuff again ---he is a glutton for punishment –and it now is a case of me polishing the chapters of the rough draft and sending them on to him for edit.
However, with ORH having a life beyond editing for SOL authors, and me being bone idle, it may take some time before the story is ready for posting. I hope by the end of the year to be in a position to start posting the story.
In any event when I do post I intend posting 2 chapters every other day.
I write because I enjoy telling stories. I may not be the best at doing either, but it makes me happy, and if others find my stuff entertaining then that is an added bonus.
Occasionally the spring of inspiration dries up---a real author would then use perspiration to get the story finished, but, as my latest TPA score indicates, I am not a real author.
So I apologise for the delay in getting Over the Hills part4 and D&D 2 completed and posted.
Over the Hills part 4 has been completed, to rough draft stage, but needs more work and research to get it to 'ready for edit' stage. I have put it aside while I concentrate on D&D 2, which has 14 chapters completed (rough draft),with possibly 4 or 5 more chapters required to complete this sequel.
Inspiration has now given way to perspiration, and it is like pulling teeth to get ideas from my head onto the page /PC.
So bear with me: D&D2 will be the next story I will eventually finish, hopefully within the next two months ---but don’t hold your breath.
Thank you for your forbearance.
I have now, or at least I hope I have, replied to all those who sent me e mails. I had over 60 for D&D and a fair number for Over the Hills. I am very grateful to all those who wrote, and if I have missed any one off my reply list I apologise, and ask that they re-send their original message. I have had one of my replies, to Jim Price, returned as ‘unable to deliver’.
So what to do next?
D&D2 is only in thinking/planning stage, although I have done some research into a few plot lines that I’m considering. Over the Hills, Book 4, which I have provisionally titled ‘Soldiering On’, is in, nearly, completed first, (very) rough, stage.
I have allowed myself a month off writing, what with all the other things going on at the moment, and in the imminent future, including the Tour de France and sundry other exciting things (not forgetting the World Bog snorkelling championship and the European footie final).
Consequently I have spent much time staring at the TV, rather than at my PC, screen. However next month I shall return to pressing the PC keyboard, and will attempt to complete the first draft of ‘Soldiering On’.
I will also continue to plan and research D&D 2 between times.
Watch this space!
I got so many e mails after posting the last chapter of D&D that it is going to take me sometime to reply to them all. Meantime I shall answer the most asked questions.
There will be a sequel ,eventually!
The ball was not removed from the pistol. Armityge never loaded it, he just appeared to have done ...you will recall that he had learned sleight of hand tricks from his ayah, which he used to dose the drinks of the bullies at Harrow?
The reason why he did what he did will be revealed in the sequel.
My sincere thanks to all of you who wrote to me ..I shall do my best to reply to each e mail, eventually!