Because of the short story sequel to my Escaping Reality novel has now been published in the anthology, Northern Lights, I decided to search in the northern England newspaper websites to see if it had a mention. My surname of Nelder is sufficiently unusual to use in such searches. So I fell over when reading the News & Star and finding a Mike Nelder was living and converting a sea-going tug in Maryport, the very town that my Escaping Reality is based on! Mike and I have now exchanged e-mails thanks to Dave at the News & Star who passed on my e-mail address. Mike’s tug is the flying buzzard, and he has a website here. I’m hoping to pop up to visit Mike and his boat before he sets sail for the Americas. We might be distantly related. Most of the Nelders in the UK seem to have roots in the 1600s in south west Britain.
I’ve finished the first draft of The Witch’s Alien short fantasy story. It’s been a blast to write. I’ve printed and put it away for a while before hacking into it with a more critical eye. In the meantime I’m knocking off a few more.