Today I christened the new book by writing 6,500 words on the opening chapters. By the end of the week I will have written 10,000 words on THE FIXER OF CLOCKS, and you know it hasn’t been so difficult so far (ack – kiss of death!). Compared to past projects, there’s very little research needed, other than asking a few friends about working as nurses in their respective hospitals, and the internet has been a good source of information too (in the absence of actually going to Manchester to do the research – something I’ll be doing in the coming weeks – Google street map is a damn fine way of taking a walk around a neighbourhood you've never been to).
I tell ya, it feels good to be writing a contemporary book for once too, not having to worry about what people wore, what they said, what they ate and drank, and that no one has TVs, or internet or mobile phones and you can get around in things that are more efficient that hansom cabs or ponies. Life is more complicated true, but the 21st century is a place I’m more at home with I guess.
Other stuff I can divulge about the new novel is that it is set in Wythenshawe’s university hospital, as well as the town of
For the next 9 to 10 weeks I will be fixated on the FIXER and I can’t think of a better way to spend my time, even more so as I’ve reduced my day-job hours again to cope with the pressures of writing. By dropping my hours I’m dropping my wage, but family Curran is taking a calculated risk. In-goings and out-goings have been ruthlessly investigated and even if this writing malarkey goes pear-shaped, we won’t be in the shit, so that’s one thing. After all banking your livelihood on the publishing world surviving troubled times such as these, is like betting on a horse with three legs. It’s not so wise, yet writers are passionate people, and inventive. We’ll get our writing out by whatever means necessary, and even make it pay – so don’t worry folks, transmission will resume on one channel or another.
But the real bonus is balancing work with my writing and my family. Now I’ll be working just 24 hours a week, writing for 10 hours, and spending the rest of the time with my wife and son. How it should be done. I might even be able to squeeze some publicity time in somewhere (like this blog for instance). So all in all, it’s a fucking great way to start 2011 and a positive step forward into a year which is uncertain for so many reasons…