OK, so it’s been a while since I posted anything. “Ah,” I can hear you thinking – probably because you’re not wearing that fetching tinfoil helmet you’ve normally got on – “You’ve been all boring and stuff, haven’t you?” Well, no. I’ve been all windswept and interesting in such varied and exiting locals as Shetland, Guildford, London, Aberdeen, Fife, Glasgow, Inverness, and Frankfurt. International Man Of Beardy Write-istry, that’s me.

What I’ve also been is Deadline’s bitch. But that has now passed. Yes, that’s right my little tinfoil-less friends, Book Number The Sixth (AKA: Dark Blood) is in for editing even as we speak. It has sodded off down to the big smoke to seek it’s fortune like Dick Whittington, or Puss in Boots, one of the two. Anyway, it’s not hanging around Casa MacBride any longer, making the place look untidy, which is nice. I shall find out if it’s a festering sack of rabid weasel droppings, or not, in about a week or so. Till then I’m enjoying not being an International Man Of Beardy Write-istry. Nice though it is to see new and exciting places, if I never have to take my shoes, belt, watch, iPod, and trousers off to get through airport security again I’ll be a happy Munchkin.

Seriously, why can’t they warm their hands first?

But I digress.

So what am I doing with my new-found down time? Sleeping mostly. Sleeping and shouting at the television. I’m getting quite good at it – any time a politician or a member of the financial services industry comes on the idiot box they can probably hear me ranting in Dundee.

Soon I’ll have to give up my sleep-and-shouting-style R&R activities and get on with planning Book Number The Seventh. Then there’s the website. A friend of mine hosts it for me, but stopped supporting ColdFusion on the 1st of the month, so the whole thing has gone the way of the Norwegian Blue. Which means I need to either learn to programme in .Net for a change, or stick something slightly more static up. Then there’s the Harrogate Crime Festival to organise. And the landing could do with mucho sanding and varnishing.

Or maybe I’ll just go on swinging the lead till the lovely Edity Ninja Sarah gets back to me?

Hmm, decisions, decisions… I should probably sleep on it.

7 Responses to “Cobwebs”

  1. I figured you were probably in writing Purdah, Mr Stuart. Congratulations on finishing book number the sixth – I look forward to reading it.

    As for coldfusion – does anyone support it anymore? Can anyone remember what it was? You need to upgrade your skills to something cutting edge, like PHP…

  2. Oops, book number the seventh, of course. Except that HalfHead should really be book number the noughth, since you wrote it before all the Logan books. And what about Sawbones? And then there’s all those other manuscripts I’ve got stashed away somewhere that’ll come back to haunt you when you’re even more famous;}#

  3. I vote for tea, telly screaming, and she who must be pinched upon the bottom before she feels unappreciated. And snuggling with Grendel. And general puttering in the kitchen.

    I man, heck, it’s only a week! 🙂

    Btw, Bill and I tried some Famous Dave’s Sassy Chipotle sauce this week that we’d bought at the store a while back and OMG it’s yummy stuff. Definite kick but a bit sweet too. Maybe I should send you some. 🙂 With that in mind, how are you sitting on Frank’s Hot Sauce and all things grape flavored?

  4. Oh, I love that title to bits- very creepy. Glad to see that you’re posting again- I was starting to think that you’d dropped out of reality permanently.

  5. Hiya. I’ve a ‘writer’ question. Just the one. Any chance you can help? I notice your website is down so there’s no contact info for you. I’m not a stalker, honest.

  6. Nope – and the website’s going to be down till mid-January at the very least. The Edit Of DOOM has to take priority, I’m afraid.

    In the meantime, you can email me at stuart_macbeard FishityFishity (where, you replace the gratuitous double fish reference with an @ – to fool those naughty spam bots). I can’t promise to get back to you right away, because, like I said: up to ears in edit, but I’ll do my best.

  7. If you still fancy coming for a visit to see my Black Museum artefacts, do let me know. I’m currently organising a public exhibition of war-time photos which starts on 30th Jan, but if ye’re bored… ye ken where to come. forcemuseum @

    Many congrats on getting to the deadline! I’ve done the big post-viva edit of my thesis, now waiting to see if examiners are finally happy!!


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