Monday, 9 November 2009

In case anyone is wondering

what I am doing these days, given the long gap between posts...

It's OK, I'm not ill or anything, there is no domestic crisis, and the house hasn't fallen down. I'm writing, albeit not as productively as I should be, and trying to avoid temptation to start even more stories. (I don't lack for ideas, just the persistence to turn them into MSS.)

I have just submitted an article about Constance of York which will be published in The Katherine Wheel, the journal of the Katherine Swynford Society. While I was at it I gave them a second one about the fate of Richard II.

I'm also awaiting more feed-back in relation to The Arrivall, the short story that appeared in the Ricardian Bulletin. I know from the letters published in the same issue that some members are horrified by the idea of historical fiction polluting the sacred pages of their journal, so it may not all be sweetness and light! You know, it's a funny thing. I'm a member of various societies and often find some of the contributions in the publications (or even whole publications) pretty uninteresting. However I've never been moved to complain, as I appreciate that the said societies are not just run for me, but for their membership as a whole. Ah well, I suppose it wouldn't do for us all to be the same!


  1. Brian, I'm thrilled that your absense is because you're writing. I can't wait to read more of your stories.

    I haven't received the Fall (or is it labeled September or October?) bulletin yet (I don't think anyone in the US has because of shipping issues). Can I assume the story is in the latest bulletin since I couldn't find The Arrivall in the Spring or June issues? I'm definitely looking forward to reading it.

  2. Yes Joan it's in the September edition. I hope you get it soon.

    I wish I was more productive. I'm writing some, but not as fluently as I would like, and I keep being diverted by thoughts of new projects.