I’ve joined Peter M. Ball’s Sunday Circle to help keep my writing on track. Follow along here or join in the fun over at Peter’s blog, Man Versus Bear.

What am I working on this week?

I’m slowly getting back into some regular writing habits. During the week I did some work on a non-fiction piece for an anthology that is due out early-ish in 2017, and yesterday I got stuck into a new short story. The new story is also slated for an anthology, which will come out later this year, and after tinkering with ideas for around 6 weeks I feel like I’ve finally got a foothold into the narrative. There will be butchery, and blood!

What’s inspiring me this week?

This week I devoured a Susan Hill novella, Black Sheep, and loved it. I  was a little hesitant about reading more of her work after I was underwhelmed by The Small Hand: a Ghost Story, another novella of hers I read last year. But I’m glad I picked this one up. It’s a bleak story, quite devoid of hope, which can put some readers off. However her writing is heartbreaking and exquisite; not a word is wasted. After finishing Black Sheep I started Natsuo Kirino’s Real World. One of my reading goals this year is to read more translated works, and Real World is first up. It’s weird, with a writing style that’s awkward yet compelling, and a bizarre naivety to the teenage characters that keeps stringing me along. Despite (or perhaps because of) its title there is an other-worldliness about the story that is intriguing. I’m halfway through and have no idea where it will end up.

What part of my project am I avoiding?

I had hoped to get back into writing some mid-week blog posts this week but it didn’t happen. Maybe this week. For sure.