Friday, 20 May 2011

Re-emerging from the Gloom

I know you haven't heard from me for a while and I'm not really sure why. I suppose I have been having one of those periods when you think you might as well jack it all in and get a proper job. After the exciting involvement with the Waterloo Collection anthology that I bored you all with last time, I was devastated to hear of the death of Proffessor Richard Holmes who was also involved with it. I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person but I loved him on screen, his passion for his subject was so close to the surface and infected everyone he met; he was a proper gentle man. One of the last things he did was to sign the author copies of the anthology and I shall keep mine close to my heart.

So, the news about Richard's passing took the shine from the pleasure of having three of my Waterloo stories included in his project - I like to think he might have read and enjoyed them. Since t hen I have been writing and writing, keeping my head down, not hearing anything from my agent, often wondering if it is really worth all the sweat and tears I shed over my work; when out of the blue, another publication appears.

I am getting quite a list now. I had forgotten I had submitted a few stories to Vintage Script; a magazine offering short historical stories and articles, so when I heard one of mine was included in the first issue, it picked me up no end. Vintage Script will fill a gap in the market for people like me, mad on history. I don't buy any magazine's apart from BBC's History, Myslexia and the Historical Review, oh and the Richard the Third Society Review because other magazine's dont seem to cater for me. I will buy and enjoy this one though and will be submitting more stories and articles to it too. So good luck to Vintage Script and thank you to Emma for selecting my story, you have providied the fillip I needed.