“How’s your novel coming along?”

When people ask me this, I'm either upbeat and full of recent progress, or say ‘oh well, you know …’  

An extract - working title 'Brian' - was recently published in 'Dark in the Day' ( under the genre of Weird Fiction. So it's definitely getting there, and it's comforting to remember that even Charlotte Bronte had her struggles:

“My book – alas! – is laid aside for the present; both head and hand seem to have lost their cunning; imagination is pale, stagnant, mute – this incapacity chagrins me …”

Maybe that’s 1848 for ‘oh well, you know …’