So over the last week I've had a lot going on and I don't just mean the book launch.
This weekend I made my way to Essex with my family for a very special purpose.
Last year, on the 15th of February, my dear father passed away after fighting cancer for months, along with a broken back that of course hindered his fight. We were of course devastated. He was just 56 and had only just become a grandfather, something he had longed for. We all believe that it was the love of my darling niece that kept him going as long he did.
My dad was a huge Doctor Who fan, a massive Star Trek fan and well, all things sci-fi really (obviously where I get it from!) He was also a man who longed for adventure; he wanted to see the world and touch down on as many different lands as possible and soak in culture and history.
There were two things he would have loved to do if he had ever had the opportunity. One was to visit the wreck of the Titanic, a tragedy that he was fascinated with from a very young age. Two, would have been to go into space.
He was always in awe that the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, had his ashes taken into space by the crew of the space shuttle and blasted out into the orbit of the earth, what an awesome legacy for ones remains!
About ten years ago, maybe longer, he said he’d like to have his ashes blasted out and scattered. We all stared at him momentarily and asked how exactly we mere mortals were supposed to get his ashes on the space shuttle! He then explained he wanted to go back to where he grew up, Southend-on-Sea in Essex and have his ashes shot off the end of Southend pier in fireworks.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that the pier has actually burnt down several times, we were not able to get permission to do it off the pier. So after going to Skyblazers fireworks in Sowerby Bridge (we could’ve gone to a big internet company or something like that, but my dad was a local businessman for many years and he would have insisted that we use a small local business before any others!) we placed his ashes in four rockets and ‘cake’ that had 120 shots in it. We arranged a private party where he spent his childhood being a typical Essex boy of the sixties and seventies, and with an amazing turnout of friends and family, we fulfilled his final wishes with a fantastic display!
Carrying from The Other Policemans Tale we go onto the second in the series of the Prequels to Once Upon A Set Of Wheels: The Tales of the Cursed:
As Once Upon A Set of Wheels goes through the final stages of the editing process, readying for paperback release, I find myself going over the story with fresh eyes and thinking about the other characters that we meet in the story.
I am already writing a trilogy of books with regards to the family of one of the most evil characters; Miss Astin. However I find myself wondering about the others who cross Lotus’ path.
So much to do in preparation for the 1st of February and the release of Once Upon a Set of Wheels part 1 Baby Driver, I feel like a buzzing bee flitting from
one flower to the next not really in any organised fashion. One of the main things is trying to do a last once over of the manuscript, so I started reading. I was well on my way as well, then
yesterday suddenly everything just didn’t feel right.
WOW!!!!! How many emails did I get over the festive period? Too many; considering as I sifted through them today I trashed most of them without even reading them.
What has this shown me? I subscribe to too much, way too much and I am now currently unsubscribing from many. The thing is, I haven’t kept up with it over the festive period. I did a fortnight of travelling and family time. I took my laptop and not once did I even consider switching it on, we were just too busy. With family and friends scattered all over the UK we tried to fit as many in as possible over Christmas and New year, and to be honest didn’t get through even half. We need a holiday to get over the Christmas holiday: I’m exhausted, and now I’m back to it.
So I’ve not really put much up for the last few weeks, mainly it was down to NaNoWriMo, then afterwards I kind of flopped and the idea of writing much just made me feel tired. Also of course it’s that time of year, busy busy busy busy, all the time.
I do however have some news. Working with my editor getting ready to publish my 2-Part Crime Novel Once Upon A Set Of Wheels into paperback and other formats, I have taken the original ebook copies that went on sale last year, off sale.
Why? Several reasons really, but mainly we’re gonna kick off with a full re-release in the new year. New covers, New editions, new set up.
I’ve been working on re-designing the website: lmsteel.co.uk
And now I’m working on renewing other aspects of all my writing.
I’ve learnt a lot in the last year since making my work available on Amazon and Smashwords, and to be honest if I knew then what I know now, I would’ve done it all a whole lot differently.
I think first of all I would have returned to education and learned a whole lot more about marketing, however it seems you can know everything about marketing and it doesn’t mean you’ll be successful, it just means you know more pitfalls to avoid.
I also would have learned a lot more about all the intricacies of the different pitfalls and finer details surrounding writing down your imagination and asking other people to read it. It’s a tricky business!
So in the New Year I will be releasing Once Upon A Set Of Wheels Part 1: Baby Driver.
On the lead up to this I’ll be posting some more information, some short stories as a prequel (and looking back at some old ones) I’ll also be showcasing a cover reveal!
Stay tuned for more on West Yorkshires unlikely Serial killer!