A Year in the Life of a Writer Day 316/365 Since it's been a while since I've shown you what I was reading, today I thought I'd share this. It's the endpapers of a book called Windows on the World by the artist Matteo Pericoli (a fellow Torinese by adoption), and it is beautiful. On each page, Matteo sketches the view from the desk of a different writer from around the world, and the writer shares some thoughts on the view outside their window, the place they come from, and what home means to them. It's a really beautiful book. This map on the endpapers shows where the writers come from.
A Year in the Life of a Writer Day 315/365 Balcony, to-read list and approaching storm. It's been a strange weekend here in Turin. After last night's chaos during the Juventus match, when everybody seemed to be out on the streets either fleeing or helping, people were much quieter this morning and were mostly outside their shops and buildings clearing up last night's debris and restoring order to the city. Today was a quiet day for everyone here, I think. . #yearinthelifeofawriter #bookstagram #reading #libri #project365
A Year in the Life of a Writer Day 314/365 And the US paperback arrived today! Another beauty...
A Year in the Life of a Writer Day 313/365 When not writing or editing a book, people often wonder what I am busy doing. It's a badly-kept secret that full-time writers spend probably less than half of their time writing. In the days since I handed in my new book, I have been working on the other 50-something percent of my job, including (in no particular order)... . Preparing for two events here in Italy, one which happened last week at the Circolo dei Lettori and one taking place on the 16th of June at @spazio19. Preparing for events and doing events, as well as visiting your publishers in various places, is a big part of a writer's year and one of the main ways everybody remembers you still exist (even if you spend half the year as a hermit). . Researching and writing an article for National Geographic Traveller about Sicily. It's a fun part of being a novelist that sometimes you also get asked to write short pieces related to your writing and research. In this way I've written for @literaryhub, the brilliant @writing.ie, and lots of blogs I wouldn't have had the chance to write for otherwise. However, because you are not a journalist by profession these pieces of work inevitably take a long time to get right compared to a day researching or writing a novel, which is what I'm used to and what I 'apprenticed' in, so to speak... . Reappearing on social media. Because although we all apologise profusely for it, disappearing from social media is pretty essential for all writers during the last six months working on a book. . Reading - this is another big one. You can't do this job without being equal parts reader and writer. I've been attending readings, spent a day at the #salonedellibro here in Turin, and am tackling my perilous to-read heap. . And finally, I've been updating my author website, which was slightly behind the times. So as well as being a novelist, I also sometimes spend my day as a web designer. You can find the link to my site in the bio and if you have any thoughts on my site I would love to hear them. I've added an events page and more information on my bio and books... Is there anything else you would like to see?
A Year in the Life of a Writer Day 312/365 ...and when I was in the UK a few weeks ago I was happy to find them in the wild (only at special WHSmith shops though for the next few weeks). #yearinthelifeofawriter #bookstagram #books #thehouseattheedgeofnight #whsmith #project365