A little bit of a catch-up.

It’s been a while since I did a post here, and for that I apologise. As I’m sure you’re all very much aware, the world is in a very tough spot right now and I, like so many others, am locked down. Covid-19 has affected so much world wide and getting used to this new way of living has been tough. But I know I’m one of the lucky ones – I’m safe and healthy (touch wood) and have been able to get access to food despite the panic buyers (don’t even get me started on that) stripping the shops almost bare. On a little side note there – yesterday was the first time in weeks I’ve seen a bag of pasta!

The staff on the front lines during all of this are absolute superstars and I am in awe of the work that the NHS are doing. They are working so hard to save lives despite all the shortages of PPE and equipment – they are caring for those who are desperately ill with this awful virus and working crazy hours to do so. Honestly, the NHS have my utmost respect for all they are doing during this pandemic. As a country we are coming together every Thursday at 8pm to applaud them for what they do. We are hanging out of windows, standing on our doorsteps, beeping car horns…even the docked ships here where I live are making a HUGE racket, all to show their support and thanks. It’s a very moving experience and one that I am proud to be a part of – it’s my own small way of showing my thanks. Of course we cannot forget the other key workers on the front lines during all of this – supermarket employees, police, firemen, bin men…they are all out there, risking their lives to help the rest of us. Thank you. Thank you so much for all you are doing.

You’re probably all tired of hearing this but the best thing you can do to help in these efforts is to stay at home. If you have to go out, make sure it’s for essential things only or if you have to go to work. If you can work from home, do so. Please, please, please, stay at home and help stop the spread of this awful virus.

In other news, I’ve been working really hard on getting my next book written and as of the middle of last week the first draft is now complete!

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It clocks in at a little over 40,000 words so we still have a way to go with it. The manuscript is currently full of red notes marking out where I need to put in more information etc so the next job is to go through that and add in anything that’s needed. I may add in another chapter or two as well – I’ve put in a couple of chapters already on key individuals during the period I’m writing about. It’s all VERY exciting.

Surprisingly I’ve not read a huge amount since lockdown began. Probably because I’ve been so busy working the day job and getting the book done. I’m currently working my way through Mantell’s new novel – so far, I am VERY impressed. Expect a review once I’ve finished it, though it may be a while as it’s HUGE.

Silliness has also been the order of the day in many ways. For those of you who follow the facebook page, you’ll have seen what I’m talking about. Little Cesare Borgia has been getting up to all sorts of mischief…

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Sometimes it’s the silly things that really do help make the days just a little bit easier.

I hope you are all staying well during these strange times. Please keep yourselves safe and stay connected with your friends and loved ones by phone or by social media.

Do let me know how you’re all doing and connect on facebook and twitter.

And the Title for the worst blogger ever goes to…

My goodness, it’s been a while. I honestly feel like the worst blogger ever! I promise though, dear readers, that I am still alive. Life has somewhat taken over and I’ve been super busy working on getting my next book polished and perfect for release. That’s all done now and the book is on course to be published later on this year! YAY! I’ll give you more information about the release as and when I receive it. I’m also planning on having an EPIC launch party – keep your eyes peeled!

Now that’s complete, I’ve been a busy little bee working on the NEXT book. You’ll all remember my little book “Girolamo Savonarola: The Renaissance Preacher” – well this next one is a rather large expansion on that, which I am really really excited for. I have a lot of love for Savonarola, despite the fact that he was a massive arsehole who destroyed so much beautiful art in his famous bonfires.

Other plans for this year include a trip over to Portugal, hopefully to coincide with the famous Templar Festival in Tomar. I’ve seen videos and pictures from previous festivals and let me tell you, it’s a sight to behold. The love that the people of Tomar have for their Templar history is just wonderful and I’m really excited to see this fabulous festival. My partner and I are also planning our own holiday and have decided that we’ll be avoiding Italy for the first time in a very very long time. At the moment Germany is looking like the winner though, given as this year is the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz (a separate blog post to come on that), I’ve also floated the idea of Poland so we can visit the harrowing site.

There are also LOTS more book reviews to look forward to. Honestly I have a pile of review books as tall as me to get through – something which makes me incredibly happy – though I am quickly running out of space to store them all.

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous start to 2020 and I promise I won’t let the dust build up here….much.