Just a quick post to wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year! I also thought this would be a good opportunity to announce Endymion's New Year's Honours List - which features Sir Robin (our garden robin) who has kept me amused all year long and whom I have consequently awarded the order of the bird-BATH for services to outdoor entertainment. Here is his official portrait:
NOTE: This is not an entirely accurate image, and is a somewhat idealised rendering. However, in keeping with the precedent set by Queen Elizabeth I, he has let it be know that 'henceforth it should serve as the template upon which all subsequent official likeness shall be based.' And I'm not going to argue with him.
Apart from Sir Robin, thanks to everyone who has visited these pages during 2011. And special thanks to those who have reviewed or featured my work this year on their own webpages. This really is immensely helpful and very encouraging.
The year looking back
2011, in these parts, was the year in which my 2nd novel, The Arrow Chest, appeared on the scene ( January, last ). I am glad to say it has done far better than I could have imagined. And thus boosted by so many kind comments and reactions from readers, I have got cracking already on writing another, which I hope to publish towards the end of 2012. Having done Tudor and Victorian, this time it is the turn of the Georgian period. Just as The Arrow Chest was very different to Virgin and the Crab, this next one will, I hope, be perceived as very different again. Title to be announced shortly.
Historical fiction is always a challenge. Even when the characters themselves are purely fictitious, there is usually an historical setting against which the action must take place. And all this has to be coordinated with the plot-line. So plenty to keep me out of mischief for the coming year. I will still endeavour to pop up with the occasional blogpost, however. Looking back, I noticed that I managed over twenty posts during 2011 - which I suppose isn't bad going, really. Best of all: it's been fun. And a delight meeting you all - and so many new friends in cyber-space.
So, once again, let me wish you All The Very Best and ...