An Update.

So the Doctor signed me off work last week due to problems with my diabetes. “Great”, I thought, “I can get on and do a bit of writing”.

I thought wrong.

Now I know I probably shouldn’t feel guilty about the fact that I just couldn’t concentrate to get words down on paper for my next couple of projects. But I do feel incredibly guilty about it. I just about managed to finish off an article for the lovely guys at Medievalists.net, and managed to get maybe…a page or two done for another project I’m working on with the guys at Medieval Courses. But in my mind, it wasn’t enough. Instead I was spaced out feeling rough as anything, cursing my broken pancreas and getting bored watching daytime TV.

I did manage to go out and grab coffee with a dear friend of mine, and signed her copy of Cesare Borgia In A Nutshell – despite it only being a short little outing it really did exhaust me, not helped by the new tablets the doctors had put me on for the nerve damage I suffer from. Still, towards the end of the week I was feeling much better (hence being able to at least do a little writing) and headed out for a walk in the early morning Southampton sun.

There’s loads of history in Southampton and above are just a few pictures of the sort of thing I get to walk past every day. There are signs dotted all over the city that point out where Jane Austen lived, worked, went to parties etc.  I feel incredibly lucky to live in a city with such amazing history.

But I digress – I’m back at work now and feeling much better, so that means I’ll be able to get back on with my writing projects. There’s LOADS of exciting stuff in the works – my second book “Girolamo Savonarola: The Renaissance Prophet” will be coming later this year and I’m also working on something exciting for Medieval Courses. The holiday to Florence is also just around the corner so that means plenty of opportunities to see Savonarola’s old stomping grounds and where the Medici family lived and worked. Crazy, exciting times. I’ve also started on book three, so that will keep me super busy!

Book Update #1

I’ve been scarce for the past few weeks because I’ve been glued to my laptop, typing away on the book I’ve been working on for what seems like the past ten years. In reality it’s a lot less than that – I had the idea for this book about two years ago or so, but I put it away due to a lot of stuff going on in my personal life. But now all that’s behind me, I’ve been working hard on getting my first historical non-fiction book finished and ready to go. If I’m honest with myself, I’d expected to find it very difficult to just pick up where I’d left off all that time ago but in reality? It’s been a lot easier than I thought it would be.

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Don’t get me wrong, getting back into the swing of referencing things properly has at times made me want to pull my hair out. But I’m coming home after work now and looking forward to getting some work done, looking forward to delving into the world of Cesare Borgia. What’s more is that I’ve even found out things I had no idea about before – I’ve managed to find a biography of the man who exhumed his bones, managed to find mention of him in works of Seventeenth Century English playwrites and poets. Hell, even Edward Earl of Clarendon mentions him!

And finally I feel like I’m getting somewhere with the book. Tonight I finished off one of the final chapters on the legend and legacy of the Borgia family, which so far has to be one of my favourite pieces that I’ve written. All that’s left to do on it is to add the end notes and that’s that. There’s still a lot more work to do, a lot more fleshing out of Cesare’s story but as of this moment I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

And I’m so excited to see this work finally come to fruition.

Watch this space for more updates.