Saturday, 4 December 2010

A shift of emphasis

I've had to make a bit of a decision about the blog.  First of all, I'd like to apologise for not keeping up with the updates over the last couple of weeks.  Basically, life took over.  Real life.  I realised for the last few months, I had been over-stretching myself and my own writing was suffering as a consequence.  I've enjoyed every single minute keeping this blog ticking over as best I can, read some fantastic stuff, and made the acquaintance of some quality, quality individuals.

This is not the end, but it is a change of focus.

After the incredible news about Abide With Me, I'm realising I am going to have to narrow down the focus of the blog.  Pull it back a bit.  I will still be promoting as much stuff as I possibly can, but the main focus has got to be my own stuff.  I'd love to take you all on the journey with me, as so many of you have made it possible.  So rather than carrying on as a genereic freeway, the blog will be shifting to a more conventional author blog.  Like I said, I will update with links when I can, but the whole process will be on a more smaller scale.

Updates next week, for example, will include Writer Showcases from Nigel Bird and Nick Quantrill, plus the latest ATON stories in the 600-700 Challenge.

Hope you understand the emphasis shift wotsit.

Warmest regards,



  1. You're doing the right thing. All that heavy posting will do your head in, in the end.

  2. I'm with you. It's still going to be a great place to visit. I also think it will be a good thing to keep up for the times when you need to put on a different head. It must have been an amazing time for you and I look forward to following your progress.

  3. A sensible decision, Ian and I'm sure pulling back a little from blogging and concentrating on your own writing will pay dividends.

    I hope you will find time to keep posting about your writing journey; from being accepted right up to getting your novel onto the bookshelves. That will be interesting stuff to read.

    Kind regards.

  4. I always wondered how you found the time - I can't even keep up with reading my mates' blogs! Sounds like the right decision, Ian. All the best with it, kidda - and I'll be stopping by and putting my two pen'orth in, natch. :)

  5. Just keep a diary of your road to fame for us, mate. We need nuffin else.

  6. All the links you've put up before have really been appreciated. As I'm fairly new to this, I've come across some great writers and places to submit thanks to your links. I think everyone else is right, time to concentrate on writing.