Work in Progress
¦ dialling in from Sky Bunker ¦
21:00 hrs and I’ve hit curfew. No more writing after nine o’clock. That’s a rule that’s been in place for years. I came home from work tonight with a brain that felt squeezed dry. I’ve had a busy few days – travelling tail end of last week through into the weekend. So I’ve not had a chance to do any writing at all for ages. And come February I’ll be stopping writing entirely. For a month. Or at least that’s the plan. Part of a new regime to try to prevent writing taking over my life again – one month off for every 2 months writing – to ensure that I get a block of time to do things that involve relaxing, but without feeling guilty about relaxing. So tonight I got back and felt the pressure. I had enough time to get in some writing but my brain was mush. Hot bath – candles in stained glass cubes and spheres – tunes playing. Step out, body steaming in the chilly air. Perfect refresh of mind and spirit. So I got a 45 minute stint done and now I’m grinning. Creative release. Ahhh blisto. 42,500 words in. Senior Verifier Jadon Purgo is in the survivor settlement that is London – following the catastrophic event known as Yellow Dawn that happened 10 years earlier. He’s investigating the body of a man fished out of the Thames. Everyone seems quick to consign the man as a suicide but Purgo’s suspicions are aroused when he covertly discovers that body is actually a senior member of the ruling authority. He starts digging. And now he’s just been noticed. Repercussions afoot.
The Social Club will be the third novel set in the post-apocalyptic survival horror universe of Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur; it follows Dog Eat Dog and The Black Lake (which recently received critical review in the Guardian newspaper website UK) – all three of which are separate stories but sharing the one universe. Another five novels exist taking place in this shared universe before Yellow Dawn wrecked such global havoc and devastation, you can view all of these novels here.
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