This is my second week working on my new novel and I’m inviting you to watch me do it. Join me on the journey, as they say. Follow the progress week by week as I write the book. Share my arguments with characters who won’t bend to my will. Watch me wrestle with the plot. Live with the novel as it develops from concept to draft to finished work.
Each week I shall post a fresh extract from my writer’s diary – mercifully short, you’ll be glad to hear, each piece taking about a minute to read. Catch up with earlier entries here:
But this week’s piece is:
July 27th, 2015
I’ve got into some bad habits these last few weeks, as I’ve been musing over this novel while tidying a previous one. (Were they the final adjustments? They should be… Oh, for goodness sake, Russell, let it go.) You see, mulling over and tidying are the kinds of tasks that don’t really fit to a schedule; they’re not regular. I stare into space, go for a walk to clear my thoughts, remember other things that need doing – and lose that essential habit of regularity. No one tells a writer to clock in and set to work. There are so many other things that can be done instead. This week I spent an hour and a half (!) at the opticians – and bought three pairs of glasses! (Yes, I know: two exclamation marks in one line; I said I’d lost the habit of writing properly.) Plus it took me half an hour to get there, another half an hour to come home. And while in the High Street among the shops…
Half a day lost.
Another day we had friends round for lunch. Half a day gone. Then I spent almost a complete day on a short story. I have started on my tax return. Yesterday, unforgivably, I saw there were several jobs to do in the garden…
The result? Let’s just say I’m not going to do a word-count for my (lack of) output this week.
(1) Great-Grandmother’s Secrets: Recently gathered 5 of my great-grandmother’s wonderful Victorian Romances into a new eBook from Prospero – ludicrously cheap and every story illustrated with original engravings. Take a look.
(2) And I’ve just edited a brand new guide (the only such guide, in fact) to some of the best-value illustrated books ever published! LOOK HERE!
(3) Don’t forget my Mad Music Videos. Why not take a look (and listen)?
And a little earlier . . .
Somehow I managed to publish 3 books last year – and they’re all available from Amazon. They’re astonishingly cheap (or I prefer ‘they’re astonishing’) so why not try one?
Stories I Can’t Tell
(an illustrated confessional “by” Maggie King, “with” Russell James)
Here’s something different – very different! – written with the very close co-operation of the fabulous Maggie King. It invites you – and you alone – to sit with Maggie as she shows you the contents of her trunk of theatrical souvenirs. What secrets will you find?
On the eve of World War Two Maggie King has been waiting for me – Russell James – to join her and ghost-write a celebrity memoir. But I’m not there yet; there’s only you and Maggie, just the two of you, in front of a cozy roaring fire. Maggie’s theatrical trunk, you’ll find, is packed with programmes, handbills, letters and photos, both from her own career and that of her parents – Albert and Annie King (‘the Royal Family’), middle-ranking performers in Music Hall and Variety. While you sit with her she recalls the ups and downs of her rackety life, including hits and flops, romance and tragedy, the men who mattered and the man who caused the scandal that blighted her career.
Full details are on the Maggie King book page – “Stories I Can’t Tell”
The Newly Discovered Diaries Of Doctor Kristal
A black comedy set in the Swinging Sixties (1963-4) and revealed through the diaries of a doctor – 35 years old and still a virgin – whose curious obsessions drive him to start murdering his patients. Kristal thinks himself immune from any hint of sexual passion – but when there are two beautiful women desperate for his help, isn’t there anything he can do? Read all about it on the DOCTOR KRISTAL page – here
My most autobiographical novel to date, though you might not think it, since it is an up-to-the-minute tragicomedy narrated into an iPhone by Crosby Ravensworth, a 35-year-old executive too busy to scatter his father’s ashes or to sort out the dysfunctional family he has left behind, or even to decide which of the four women in his life he should connect to. But with any luck, he’ll find that even the darkest clouds have silver linings and this could be the beginning of a new life.
To get your copy – for Kindle, Kobo, Nook or whatever – either go to my Amazon page (click HERE ) or ,for all non-Kindle formats, jump to my Smashwords page by clicking EXIT 39 instead. To find out more, CLICK HERE and enjoy Exit 39!
– and as there are now several writers called Russell James (how dare they?) you might like to know that the relevant Author’s Page on Amazon is at Russell James
It may be less confusing to check my books at: GoodReads
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One last reminder of how to get my books:
Most of my books can be found on the Prospero website.
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(On some of these sites you’ll find some upstart authors there as well, each pretending to the Russell James throne. Do not be led astray. Insist on the original!)