I've just come back from Stratford upon Avon, where Shakespeare was born, and died. This blog was meant to be about the man and the place. But - guess what - the pictures are still in the camera and my brain is totally focused on something else entirely.
Voting has started in American Title V.
That's it. The judges have made their first comments, the contestants have winced, cursed and picked themselves up off the floor, where necessary - not the floor mentioned in Qaey's first line, I hasten to add, and now everyone is getting on with the job. And that job is --- getting people to vote.
American Title is a reality contest. Each and every finalist is in the hands of the voters. You have the power, people. Please use it.
Support is vital, and I have no hesitation is speaking for all my fellow finalists here. Each and every vote is deeply appreciated. That someone has taken the time and trouble to read, chose and e-mail means a lot.
Saying thank you is important, because none of us is able to do this alone.
Now I've made the contest sound like hard work. It is - but it's also a lot of fun. Who wouldn't enjoy all that attention? Right now I have featured in my local paper - the Barry and District News, am getting e-mails from old friends to say they voted and I am appearing on the website of Academi - the book promotion Agency for Wales - and if you want to see that one click here: http://www.academi.org/news/i/133583/ (A big thanks to Bronwen Price for all her work on that, while also deep in the work for Welsh Book of the Year.) Next Monday I am meant to be interviewed on BBC Wales morning programme. Anyone within listening distance welcome. You may be able to hear my knees knocking, over the airwaves.
All this is fun, and great practice for if/when I am ever a published author.
But it still comes back to the vote. So please check out the contest at http://www.romantictimes.com/news_amtitle3.php
And vote by e mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your chosen title in the subject line.
My title is Never Coming Home, in case you were wondering.
And I promise to talk about Shakespeare next time