Me: "Seasonal Affective Disorder."
Bemused colleague: "Excuse me?"
Me: (shovelling more crisps into my mouth) "That's what I have. When the springtime hits, it's as though I'm waking up from hibernation. Just you wait."
Bemused colleague: (continues reading newspaper) "Great."
I reach the same conclusion every year, like an epiphany, and I don't know why I'm still surprised by my winter slump. As you can see by the date of my last blog post, I've been living under my rock for several months, working hard and getting Blackbrooke II finished.
Today I cracked it! I know I'll have several more rounds of edits after other people have read it but you'll be pleased to know I've finished it and its with my publisher as I type. Just have to hope they deem it worthy of publication now...
Squirrelling away this winter has had its distinct advantages. I've done a lot of reading (not just Blackbrooke) and getting to grips with my new vocation as a bookseller, which has been both exciting and insightful.
Yes, books have very much been the order of the day for Emma Silver. In fact, after buying ebooks to read on my phone for so long, I've rediscovered my love for the paper variety and my to-read pile has grown nearly as tall as me (which admittedly isn't very).
I suppose the long and short of this blog post is that I'm still very much here and you'll be seeing a lot more of me over the coming months as I promote Blackbrooke II (seriously, you'll be thankful of the winter break...).
And what to say about the book that's been my life and soul for the last 12 months? Well, I just hope I've done the story and the characters justice. I'll be posting more news on Blackbrooke II, and also some additional material I've been working on, very soon.
Thanks for sticking with me :-)