2013. What a Year

Fiction

Now that we’re a few days into 2014, I’m looking forward to getting on with my fiction writing, especially now that my personal circumstances have settled down following re-location and house restoration. I’ve rediscovered the joy of writing my novel 52, and I’m toying with the completed manuscript having a new name, so I’m playing around with the title, Wasps in a Jar… but we’ll see, we’re a few more chapters away from deciding upon a title.

I’m still undecided whether or not to self-publish, Willow and the Motorway Horses and part of me is itching to write a follow up and reunite the costume wearing horses.

Non Fiction

I’ve settled into becoming a staff writer at the magazine and enjoy the opportunity to reduce the need to pitch freelance features to editors: This said I don’t think I’ll ever give up writing for other publications all together, it brings with it challenges and diversity, therefore keeping the senses honed and stops me becoming stale. My workload has increased ten-fold, with my completing fifteen articles in December, all of which have been accepted by the editor, and I have a further eighteen to complete before the end of January. Below is the hyperlinks to my December published features, and I’ll keep you all up to date each month with the links to other published work.

http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/hanukkah-celebrations-italy

http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/5-italian-themed-gift-ideas

http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/tradition-baccala-italian-cuisine

http://www.italymagazine.com/news/zampognari-keep-alive-tradition-festive-bagpipe-playing

http://www.italymagazine.com/news/celebrating-st-stephens-day-italy

Following talks with an independent publisher, I’ve been throwing a few ideas around for a non-fiction book, but at the moment these are just ideas and I need to work out if I can devote the time needed to work on the project, I’m also thinking of re-editing my first travel book, Travels in a Tin Can and maybe selling it on Kindle, again this is just an idea.

Other Work

I’ve been approached by two independent writing courses to work with them on workshops, one has asked me to put together a writing non-fiction module, whilst the other wants me to work on, writing dialogue  for fiction. Again all this is down to time and other external and professional commitments.

Here’s hoping all my readers have a good year this year, and achieve all they aspire to.

Barry

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