It's been an extraordinary couple of months since Nicci Gerrard and I began John's Campaign at the end of November 2014. We have the devoted help of Sean and Francis and also our children but all the same it's been overwhelming. Nothing can entirely stop us writing of course -- Nicci and Sean are busy on the next Nicci French, I've managed a GCSE York notes revision project and a short story (Black Flag) which will be published in the summer issue of the Maritime Quarterly but Strong Winds series 5 is looking at me reproachfully and I suspect Nicci also has projects shoved (temporarily) to the back burner. The campaign feels so hugely worthwhile ... if you'd like to know more please visit its website www.johnscampaign.org.uk or find us on facebook or twitter. Back soon, I hope.
I've just updated the Golden Duck events page. It shows that I've continued with the AE blogs (one of my favourite regular jobs) and reminds me that I've written nothing here about my monthly visits to Harkers Yard to follow the progress of some of their apprentices. Another apoloigy due I think. Meanwhile Nicci and I continue with John's Campaign and I have at least handed in my short story for the forthcoming AE anthology "A Flash in the Pen". I've written some reviews as well. Must collect them togther one day. And, Black Waters, you're not (quite) forgotten.