Back in the land of the living

I know it’s been a very long time since I last blogged, but the simple answer is that I had nothing to say – nothing entertaining, anyway. There are few things worse than (a) spraying your personal woes all over the internet, and (b) depressing everyone else at the same time.

I’ve just resurfaced after a really, really bad year which started in earnest last December. It’s down to Real Life, which is a pain in the arse when it intrudes on work. In short, I’ve had a long-term family illness to manage, I’ve had surgery (with a good outcome, thankfully), and I’ve had another medical issue of my own to resolve. This has involved being unable to avoid the NHS, which I’d done quite successfully for the last decade, and having some bad experiences with it. (There’s been a hospital enquiry as a result of one of them. But that’s all I can say.) So although I wrote about half a million words this year trying to keep up with my schedule, I might as well not have bothered. I should have had the sense to hit the pause button and focus 100% on the domestic front, but I didn’t.

Sometimes work is a respite when you have an ongoing problem at home, but sometimes it simply spreads you too thinly; you can’t fight on two fronts without the risk of losing on both. My writing during that time is best summed up by paraphrasing the excellent and much-missed Eric Morecambe. They were all the right words, but not necessarily in that order.*

Anyway, long and nose-bleedingly depressing story short, I stabilised the problems (some things can’t be fixed, just contained) and decided to restructure a lot of stuff on the home front to avoid hitting that kind of wall again, all of which drained my batteries. I’m now back on recharge, and I’ve (re)written more (and more coherently) in the last few weeks than I ‘ve managed all year.

So Black Run really is coming soon, and I mean in English, not whatever the hell the previous version was written in. And there will be other stuff in 2016. Stand by for more news.

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. And thanks for sticking with me.

*Re Eric Morecambe – seeing as it’s Christmas, I’d be remiss if I didn’t show you the clip in context. (It’s all funny, but the relevant part starts around 10.00.) One of the great comedy classics. For you young ‘uns who’ve never seen this, that really is Andre Previn being a good sport. Thank you, Mr Preview.