Endings and beginnings ...

Tomorrow will be a bittersweet day for me. I shall be handing over the reins (or even reigns) of Brighton (and Hove actually) National Novel Writing Month to my excellent successors, Fiona Wallace and Alex Allsworth. After three years I thought it was time to step aside and let somebody else have a go at running November's novel-fest, and I shall certainly enjoy only having to write 50,000 words in thirty days, without the pressure of organising events and being coach and cheerleader to the other wrimos too. They will be great Municipal Liaisons, of that I have no doubt. But I shall miss the excitement of watching 'my' novelists cross the line one by one ...

As far as beginnings are concerned, I intend, once the formal handover dinner is done, to write a brief outline of the science fiction novel I want to make a good start on in November. It's been bugging me for over a year now, and Ren is still complaining that because I wrote an erotic novel last November, I haven't tackled a piece of long sci-fi for nearly two years. So I am really quite looking forward to being Ren again for a while.

And my copy of the R D Lawrence Commemorative Anthology - Liaisons II, arrived today. There's some wonderful work in it (and a short story by me) and I'm thrilled to have my name featured as part of a tribute to this wonderful man. That makes 22 anthologies on my bookshelf, if you include the two Smokelongs which are actually annuals - so here's a question. Is 22 anthology publications in four years good, bad or average? I really don't know - does anybody else have an answer?

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