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May 17

Reading confessions and red pen beatings

I’ve got a confession to make…

I haven’t read a book for a while now.

My head is too noisy to concentrate on the words and I can’t seem to keep it quiet enough to steer my mind away from distracting thoughts. It’s extremely frustrating, trying to force a sense of ‘calm’ – so for a long time (or what seems like a long time) I haven’t had the chance to sit down and read a good book…or a bad one come to that.

Thankfully I have been red penning stories for a few friends. There’s something about trawling through a tale looking for errors and flaws (and good bits!) that makes it easier to concentrate. Almost like hovering over each word with a red pen (figuratively speaking) acts as a distraction in itself.

Last night I finished reading a great YA horror from Lex Jones (that had already been edited to death) and it was a pleasure to read for the sake of reading. I can’t say anything about it at the moment apart from it’s going to be enjoyed by many! Cracking story.

I’ve also got to finishing reading a novel in progress from a horror legend, but as I said any heavy reading at the moment is like trying to pull a rabbit from a hat when you don’t own a hat…or a rabbit…or have hands. So apologies to Mr J (you know who you are) for not giving speedy feedback. As well as that I’m red penning stories for three others and offering a quick critique for an opening from a friend in need of direction (why they ask me I will never understand).

On top of all that I’m still chiseling away at my own WIP for an antho next year – a beasty story set in Scotland.

With any luck, and a little bit of forcing, I should get back into the habit of curling up with a good book sometime soon.

With an office as tidy as this it’s a mystery why I’m so unproductive!

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  1. Jessica Triana

    haha at least the mess is all book related! I notice your computer tower is lurking behind the white board/ more books… definitely not useful unattached to a monitor or a keyboard…. Cool sword though!

    1. Steven Chapman

      That’s because I work off a laptop 😛 Ner ner

  2. Liz Young

    I envy you the space but not the heaps of stuff crying out to be dealt with. No wonder your inner voice is yelling ‘Help!’

    1. Steven Chapman

      The floor has been cleared and the drawer on the left are gone now…also the table is now empty apart from laptop and notebook! It’s a lot nicer to work in!

  3. Susan A Eames

    Ha ha – love it – and is that a cuddly toy lurking beneath your desk?

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    1. Steven Chapman

      It is one of a few 😛

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