I’ve been very bad about posting here for most of the festive period…I’ve been enjoying a bit of communications black out and focusing on the much neglected home and husband. Anyway, it’s a new year with new resolutions and one of them is to stop slacking and rejoin the world!
2008 was an incredible year for me. Last January I had steady work in the Four Courts and no solid plans to write a book (other than the novel that spent most of 2008 sitting in the top drawer of my filing cabinet.) As 2009 dawns Devil in the Red Dress is on the shelves (thankfully in ever dwindling numbers) and I’m officially freelance and sitting here trying to decide what to do next. Do I focus on fiction or push ahead at building on what I’ve already achieved…and am I completely insane to be even asking that question in the first place?
The novel, about more another time, is sitting awaiting further editing and thanks to developments towards the end of 2008 might actually see the light of day some day soon (as long as the on the future of publishing worldwide don’t come to pass.) It’s been a bizarre rollercoaster of a year but I think on balance it ended on a hell of an up!)
I’m very conscious of the fact that when I write here I hold an awful lot back. I’m going to try and rectify that this year but the problem is that there’s been an awful lot going on the past few months that I simply can’t announce to the world in general just yet – hopefully all that will change before 2009 gets too much older.
A blog like this is an odd beast. On the one hand I call it my personal blog, and certainly it’s completely separate from my publishers’ website, but it’s still very much a public persona. I’ve spent too long writing for publication not to have a very strong internal editor screaming at me to tow the line when it comes to defamation and contempt of court. But there’s a second consideration at play as well – just how personal do I want this blog to be?
I started the blog to write about the writing of and publication of Devil. Now that Devil’s in print I have to decide where I want to go from here, not just with my writing but with the blogging as well. So far the blog has been mainly focused on true crime (which is what Devil is and which is the bulk of the journalism I write) but if my options are expanding then surely the scope here should do likewise.
So far I’ve been slow to write completely unguardedly about my professional life. As long as the book is in need of pushing then being one hundred per cent frank about certain things that happen day to day. However, if I’m going to be branching out then maybe I should be more open. I’m not talking kiss and tell here just talking more about the frustrations and obstacles we all encounter in economic times like these.
My writing goal for this year is to write more books. I enjoy the process of research and the freedom of writing at length. I’d like to get somewhere with the fiction but the rent still has to be paid so I’ll not be hanging up my notebook and pen anytime soon.
In terms of this blog I’m just going to have to sit down and think hard about where it’s going…
Happy New Year!