We had a brief jaunt to this place:

And it was rather splendid.

We did a lot of walking and a lot of just being in the place and experiencing it.  We ate some tremendous food, saw some amazing views from the top of the Rock and travelled to Brooklyn for ribs and pulled pork and it was delicious.

A few pics:


Top of the Rock


Brooklyn Bridge

We would very much like to go back – the people we met were invariably friendly and kind and generous with their time and quick to help out a stranger.  Especially a thanks to the chap outside the Bedford Subway trainstop who took time to google Mable’s Smokehouse’s directions for us.

But we’ve now been back for almost a week which means getting ahead with stuff.  Mark’s working on his new novel (I’ve read snippets and it’s ridiculously good) and I’ve received my second round of edits from Bella The Editor that I started this weekend.

Needless to say, in Casa de Jager, the next few months will be all about writing and plotting and planning.  I have printed off one of the most amazing blogposts ever from Libba Bray about plotting and writing.  This is the link – go read it if you’re into that kind of thing.

Stuff I’m up to for the next few weeks too include:

– hosting a panel over at Charters School, Sunningdale.  I’ll be in conversation with Will Hill, Conrad Mason and Rob Lloyd Jones.  This is the link to a blog about it.  Clever Darren from Bookzone for Boys roped me in to chat to these three great authors about their books.  Do feel free to come along – the events the entire day are all free, but you will need tickets!

– then in August, along with a host of great talent, I’ll be at the Nineworlds London convention – and it looks like a stellar line-up of writers, film and comics people.  I’ve seen the prelim schedule but my events haven’t yet been confirmed yet so I’ll keep you up to date on that. 

And I think that’s it for now.

Hopefully I’ll be able to report progess on Book 2 soon as well as tell you more about Book 1 and when to expect covers and proofs and such like.