Nicola Vincent-Abnett

Nicola Vincent-Abnett
"Savant" for Solaris, Wild's End, Further Associates of Sherlock Holms, more Wild's End

Sunday 9 June 2013

Blog 400 part ii

Last week, when I was approaching my 400th blog, I invited my followers on Twitter to contribute ideas for what they’d like to read in it. Some of them were pretty good, so Blog 400 will now appear as a blog in several parts over the next week. You see... I do try to give you a little bang for your buck.

@TheMeksWorkshop thought I should revisit my very first blog and talk about what’s changed and how I found my way to blog post 400. So, here goes.

First of all, if you’re interested, here’s where you can read Blog 1

Funny thing blog 1.

Having just read it again, probably for the first time since I wrote it on February 4th 2012, I wonder who I was writing it for. It doesn’t sound like me, and while the content is, more or less true, it’s a selective kind of truth that baffles me now.

Honestly, I wouldn’t write a blog like it 400 blogs later... I don’t write blogs remotely like it now.

It seems guarded to me. It reads like a publicity piece for a magazine.

As far as blogging goes, I think 400 blogs have taught me quite a lot about blogging and how I want to do it. I couldn’t have kept up that slightly artificial, slightly arms-length tone for very long, and, let’s face it, I didn’t keep it up.

As far as the content is concerned. Well, I think we all know what happened, don’t we? My novel, Naming Names was a runner-up for the prize. The winner and the other runner-up have both done very nicely, thank you. Brava! 

Naming Names is yet to be published.
What Naming Names might look like

It has been a bit of a rollercoaster... A rollercoaster that includes two agents and, currently, six novels. I have published some short stories and collaborations with the husband, and other things, which have not had my name on the covers.

Of everything I have ever written, Naming Names has had the most work. It is currently undergoing more rewrites. I think, right now, I’m on the third... no fourth draft. It will be a very different book from the one that did so well in the Mslexia, but it will also be a much more accessible book, and, I hope, finally, something that might be published. I still have great faith in it, and, if I can do it justice, it is still the book that I most want to see on the shelves of the big bookstores. 

In the meantime, I have just signed commissioning forms on two more collaborations with the husband, and I am sitting on ideas for at least four more of my own novels, including a follow-up, of sorts, to Naming Names, which has a working title of The Winter Lamb

I would say more about this book, and the others, ideas for which are constantly spinning in my head, but then what would I talk about in my next 400 blogs?

By the way, if you're a woman writer who hasn't yet published a novel, Mslexia is holding its latest novel writing competition right now. Check it out here.

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