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A Quiet January

Apart from the cartoon depicting my time over Christmas you may have guessed that my communication with the world has been rather limited of late.

First of all you can rest assured that I am quite well and alive. I did indeed break my ribs during the festive season and until now it had left me unable to work as a result of the amount of pain medication I was taking. Believe me, when they tell you it takes between 4-6 weeks for ribs to heal, they really do mean it.

I would love to tell you that I did it while a rescue mission to save children from a burning house, yet the truth is far more pathetic. I actually did it coughing (Twice in fact). The first time sitting at my desk, coughed and felt a bad pain in my side. I did what could only be described as a sexiest move and asked my female colleagues for pain medication. I have to say I was inundated with a supply of painkillers very easily. Sadly none of these had much effect but eventually did get to my own doctor who prescribed be something a little stronger. Unfortunately, while out with my wife on the Friday after Christmas Day, I had another severe coughing fit ended with what felt like someone stabbing my in the side. The end result was a night and day spent in the Hospital. After a chest X-Ray and CT scan sometime later it was indeed confirmed that I had fractured my ribs. Then they tell you: - Pain medication and Rest. (My Christmas Holidays very rarely end without drama).

Have to say I am still a bit tender but ready to return to the land of the living. I suppose being a writer I would normally love the time to completely focus on writing but being a bit housebound does prevent my creative juices from flowing freely.

I have really had to view January as being a reenergising month...which for the start of the year is probably the best thing really.

The plans to convert Star Fantasy into a comic is still ongoing. The work to convert the novel into a comic script is still a very challenging one but the process, although new to me, is still very enjoyable. Perhaps it will even open a possible new avenue for even more comic stories, but we shall see.
Before Christmas I had been working on some sci-fi short stories. It was a way to further develop my writing skill but I also hope that I will one day have a good collection of quality short stories that might even have the potential to go and find life in other forms. However, for the foreseeable future (don't like to plan to far ahead) I will be working on the comic book conversation and also my third novel set in a steampunk Victorian universe with centred around the adventurer Captain Walsh Mackenzie. The introduction to the novel has been created but I still have to plan out all the other finer details as well as the further list of characters.

I expect 2013 to be as busy as ever. Of course I do hope I manage to get some stories published but even if this is not to be my year on that front I will still be creative in the ways I know how to be. I am still having fun and that is important!

So welcome to Jafwords 2013

Happy Reading my Friends


Fractured Ribs

Here is a little story of what happened to me over the Christmas holidays- thought you would enjoy it as a laugh?

Ps...I am still in a lot of pain!

Happy reading my friends,

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Writer's Block

You might have guessed today that I am suffering from this- so decided on some light hearted comic strips.
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