… as the first writing composition of the academic year was always entitled, when I was in primary school.
Well, it took a while, but I’m finally back online. A brand-spanking-new computer with high-speed internet access should keep me firmly plugged into the virtual world for a little time to come, during which I can make a start on clearing the backlog that built up while I was in a technological black hole – emails that need to be answered, blog posts that I’d like to comment on, and all the rest of it.
In truth, my absence from the online world has not been due solely to technological glitches, but also to the fact that I’ve just got back from holiday. I’ve been staying out in the wilds of rural Austria, in a place so remote that there wasn’t even an internet point – just cows and mountains and a thermal spring that seemed to attract vast numbers of German nudists. It was great. I spent hours lounging around in thermal baths and having my back massaged by Austrian frauleins, until Amazon and sales reports and so on seemed like a faint memory of a past life. The hills were indeed alive with the sound of music, mostly in the form of yodelling, lederhosen-wearing folk groups. They were also alive with the sound of furious typing, as I had taken my ancient word processor with me and spent many a long afternoon writing.
In writing terms, it’s been a good summer. Not a day has passed when I haven’t managed to bash out at least a couple of thousand words, and though when I read them back I can see that the quality has been variable, it’s refreshing just to have been writing consistently, almost every single day. I can now return to my day job secure in the knowledge that I’ve put my precious free time to good use.
Returning home on Friday night after a long drive back into Italy via the Brenner Pass, I was also delighted to find that during my absence The Quickening had received a favourable review on the excellent Indie Ebook Review site. A little positive feedback can work wonders, and my post-holiday gloom was instantly transformed into glowing cheerfulness. I’d like to thank Cally Phillips, the editor, who has devoted countless unpaid hours to creating and maintaining this excellent site, and to Dennis Hamley for his kind and insightful review.
I was also delighted to find that my online friend Thomas Cotterill has just nominated me for the Silver Quill Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Thomas! I’ll post on this in the near future.
All good things must come to an end. The summer is nearly over, and I’m slowly getting back into my business-as-usual mindset. I hope to stop by at all the blogs and resume the online friendships that I have of necessity been neglecting during the past month or so, and just catch up with the online world in general. I hope the summer’s been as good to you, my friends, as it has been to me. In writing terms at least, 2012 is turning out to be a vintage year.