It’s been a weird one so far, hasn’t it? And we are literally only halfway through. And when I say literally, you know I literally mean literally. There’s no figuratively about it. No metaphors, no hyperbole. I think we can all agree on the general, pervasive weirdness of the past few months.
It’s been a bit like that book about the bear hunt. We can’t go round it, we’ve got to go through it…
So much has happened. So much horrible. So much wonderful. So much… well, bizarre.
If 2020 so far had been a book, any publisher would have rejected it for being far-fetched. If it had been a screenplay, it would be turned down flat for being badly plotted and completely lacking in credibility (although I’m sure we can all name at least one film that’s been a huge success despite exactly those issues!)
I didn’t get the house decorated as I had planned to do when lockdown kicked in. Mostly because of the lack of tools needed for the job, and the lack of access to them. After all, you can’t paint a house without brushes. Or rollers. Or paint.
I didn’t make the most of getting outside for exercise because my foot disowned me. So, no long runs, just medium walks. The dog has absolutely loved having both of us home. Belly-rub heaven.
However, I did take part in what was probably the first web series produced in lockdown. It’s called Containment, and I was a writer/actor in it. You can watch the entire series right here, starting with episode 1. I’m told it’s a permanent fixture, that it’s not being taken down, so watch at your leisure!
And then there’s Brighterway Life…
My hubby and I started up a YouTube channel – along with probably millions of other people. But it’s something we’ve been planning for ages but never got the time to do. Then we got the time to do it, so we did it.
Here’s our blurb…
Welcome to our new YouTube channel. Please join us on our journey from a couple of unfit porkers of a certain age to… who knows? They say it’s about the journey, not the destination which is just as well as the destination might change. (hang on a minute… we’re plant-based… are we allowed to say ‘porkers’?!)
About that name… it was originally BriThérWey. Not terribly original. The first few letter of both our names plus the name of the river that used to run outside the flat where we lived. Hang on. Scratch that. The river stills runs past the flat (sometimes, it even tries to get into the flat, well, the ones downstairs at least). We just don’t live there anymore. Anyway, it seemed like a cool idea at the time, until we realised that if we changed the spelling, it would be easier for people to find us.
We’d love it if you could take a peek at our videos and – even better – subscribe. We do simple recipes and even simpler fitness videos, plus lots of silly stuff in between. We’re also on Instagram. Check out our page. Give us a follow!
So what’s up next? Well, it’s partly about moving forward, and partly about picking up when 2020 left us off. There’s the coming down off the craziness of doing the web series, straight into the all-new craziness of prepping two shorts, a feature, a book 3, starting a new series off, researching book 3 of another, the YouTube channel, interviews & you know, general life stuff.
The short films – one, Lagan, is a picking-up-where-we-left-off, and it’s all getting very close now. The other kind of emerged during Lockdown and suddenly it’s all go! Thank heavens for Zoom, that’s all I can say.
The feature – Aurora – some very exciting stuff starting to happen again with that!
The books – well, I’m working on both book 3 of the Everyday Vampire series. Watch out for some gorgeous new covers. Plus there’s book 3 of the Dominic saga, which will be out next year.
Yes, I know I said that book 2, Fortior Concordia would answer a lot of questions, but I never said that it wouldn’t throw up a whole load more! Anyway, if you want to get a sneak peek at the cover of the new book – and find out what it’s called – then you only need to wait until next month when all will be revealed in an exclusive interview I’m doing with PJ Berman of pjbermanbooks.com.
And then of course, there’s that new series I’m planning. I don’t like doing the ‘if you like…’ thing (even though I did that with First Impressions, but hey, how else could I have described it?!), but without giving too much away, let’s just say that it you liked the books about young wizards (which my main characters aren’t) and films about heroic archaeologists that are constantly getting into trouble over ancient artefacts (which they do), plus a healthy dose of myths and legends (namely the Mabinogion), then the Dyfi Drake (pronounced Dovey) books may just be your new binge read…
And now, I guess I better get on with all that writing. Them books won’t write themselves. Well, not totally, anyway!
- tension vs. atmosphere … I can hardly wait…
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