E-mail from Mike 8/1/13
I am writing to you with an idea. It is not necessarily a new idea, but I think it’s a good idea and a good idea is an idea worthy of doing.
You know the ill fated ‘Book Club With A Difference’? Well, it didn’t work. I don’t know if it was a format thing, or just pure laziness on my behalf. But the roots of that site have merit. I believe that sharing in the writing process is important; and an important tool in focusing me into achieving… something; anything!
2013 is going to be a good year. A year of productive authoring and blogging. And I feel that those go hand-in-hand.
Speaking of hand-in-hand, will you join me?
You both were so incredibly instrumental in the bringing about of my first novel (however ill fated) and I could not have done it without you. But I’m asking for further help and guidance.
My idea is this…
We have long conversations with countless forwards and responses, talking about whatever we feel the need to talk about. Of course it will stem from the ‘writing’ but I don’t think it should be confined to just that topic. It’s like a group message on the iPhone (which Val and I just experienced for the first time thanks to Rachel) but with an added sense of purpose. I’m hoping you will help me finish this book; this book which I fully intend to be the first book I have published. No more pussy-footing about. This has to happen.
I’ve started a new blog. It’s called ‘Woods End Cottage’ (https://woodsendcottage.wordpress.com/) and it’s on WordPress, which is new to me but very exciting! There, I will be blogging about writing and the process behind it all. I’m also hoping that if you guys feel like you can help me through these e-mails, that the e-mails themselves might find their way into the blog; charting the progress of the book, and encapsulating a year in our lives in which we joined to create something.
That’s how long I’m giving myself; a year to complete this book…*
It is a year that holds change (from 2 decades to 3 being a big one!) and it sort of feels like the right time to get serious.
I’ve also seen a lovely idea on other blogs where those particular bloggers have had their years worth of blogs bound into a hardback book for re-reading sometime in the future. This may sound like sentimentality gone mad, and I think if I were to just bind my blog into a book so I can read what I wrote again and again would just be so terribly self absorbed!
But if you were to join me, it would somehow become less self absorbed… and more of a shared experience worth remembering… or would we all just be totally self absorbed? But self absorbed together!
That’s my idea. Sort of like a Bridget Jones’ Diary Three-way… that sounds so wrong…
From Val 10/1/13
Sounds fab hunny, count me in!Just signed up to follow the new blog, will have a read now!
From Alex 8/1/13 (via Twitter)
@inizia Bridget Jones’ Diary Three-way with @mikehonour and @valdoherty84 lool!
I think that means she’s in???
(If you don’t remember this photo being taken it’s because it wasn’t. It’s two pictures merged!)
*A countdown has been added to the blog; it just got serious.