I’ve recently been enjoying the therapeutic joys of wild swimming in the sea. I purchased a waterproof phone cover and took a few pictures in the water, including the one above.
In the “Haunts of the Black Masseur” Charles Sprawson’s famous study of swimming, he describes how, as a child, he “began to form a vague conception of the swimmer as someone rather remote and divorced from every-day life, devoted to a mode of exercise where most of the body remains submerged and self-absorbed. It appealed to the introverted and eccentric, individualists involved in a mental world of their own.”
2. For the Misfortunate.
Amazon recently introduced dedicated pages for book series. So, Cape Misfortune is officially a series! “Cape Misfortune” and “Cape Misfortune II Agata’s Story” are “standalone” so you can read them in any order. Paperback and Kindle versions are available here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08ZYSNKMY
Meanwhile I’m halfway through the third book, provisionally called “The Lost Gods of Misfortune.”
3. For the Daydreamers.
It’s probably not an Internet-breaking observation that characters can sometimes seem to take on a life of their own when you are writing fiction. Writing day-in and day- out for months some characters start to become almost as “real” to you as anyone else in your life.
Obviously these imagined creatures don’t have some kind of actual supernatural life. But it is weird sometimes when they detach themselves and become autonomous!
There are many authors who say it never happens to them but in my experience characters can surprise – sometimes having enough imaginative life to break out and rewrite the plot.
Which may not be a bad thing. Perhaps a well-drawn character makes us follow the cadences and rhythms of real life – rather than an author trying to squeeze characters into a high concept plot.
I say, encourage them.
4. Upcoming events.
There’s still a few weeks of summer left. Hoping they are good ones for you.
Hello! Tomorrow (March 20th) is the start of astronomical Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. Longer days are on the horizon.
For the Misfortune fans
“Cape Misfortune II Agata’s Story” has been out for a month, and people have been positive. My fellow author Henry Mitchell was kind enough to say on his blog, “I read Henry Anderson’s new novel, Cape Misfortune II, in a day. I can’t remember the last time I did that. It was hard to put down, even for dinner. I skipped dessert.”
Henry Anderson’s ‘Agata’s Story’, the second novel in the ‘Cape Misfortune’ series, was published by Solstice on 15th January 2021. This is the spellbinding tale of a celebrated law enforcement officer in the wild coastline town of Cape Misfortune. Aptly named, so it seems, for Sergeant Agata Dollar is experiencing bizarre paranormal events!
Naturally I have to ask you some questions about your writing, Henry. Firstly, what led you into journalism and what areas were you involved in?
Hello. It’s February 2021. As I type this the rain is beating on the conservatory roof. Nearly all the paths around where I live are thick mud. Other words for mud, incidentally, include slobber, slabber, slutch, and lutulence, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.