Just a quick line this week before I dash off to the sea-side to re-charge the batteries…
I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying writing the second draft of Wolves of Winter II. It has a different feel from the first instalment, with the characters being well established by now it feels like visiting old friends. There is a little more mystery to the plot of WOWII, though it lacks none of the thunder and consolation of the inaugural tale. I fully intend to complete the trilogy this year and release the full story as a stand alone novel, a prequel of sorts to the events of A Shadow Falls.
Talking of ‘Thunder and Consolation’, I caught the excellent New Model Army on the spring leg of their ‘Today is a Good Day’ tour. As ever, Justin and his crewe are at their fiery best when the country is in a mess. At Liverpool’s Academy, songs from the new album such as ‘Arm Yourselves and Run’, burned brightly against classics including ‘Poison Street’, ‘White Coats’ and ‘No Rest for the Wicked’. And with the current shennanigans of American owners at both Liverpool and Man Utd football clubs, has ’51st State’ ever felt so poignant. The mixed crowd of Mancunians and Liverpudlians were fully ‘united’ in belting out the chorus!
Anyway, I digress, though I have to say the lyricism of NMA and the consistency of their music over an incredible thirty years (30 years!!!) has been a constant source of inspiration.
So. its off to St. Annes we go, seeking fresh impetus and words in the sea spray and the wind from the West.
Until next time, up the elves!