For this Sunday I have two assignments due in. A 2000 word chapter for my Dissertation and a 2500 word essay on Romanticism. I’ve finished the Dissertation chapter, and have chosen to do a question on comparing To The Snipe by John Clare and To a Skylark by Percy Shelley. I have some points, but haven’t written it yet. The aim is for 500 words today, 1000 tomorrow, 500 Friday leaving 500 for the weekend and plenty of time to recheck both the essay and chapter. All is going well so far. 

Yesterday I announced The Man Out of Place. A new e-book which will be coming out in March. The reason I chose this to be only an e-book was because of it’s length. It’s 26000 words long, which just, to me, seems to short to release at the price print copies cost. There is a second book in this new series, which will be around a similar length. I will release both of them together in print form later in the year. I enjoyed writing the first book and am already at work on the next one. I have ideas, the ending, the beginning (In that order) and some little bits to throw in here and there. 

I would like to point out that while it sounds like a detective book, from the summary I gave yesterday, it isn’t as such. I simply can’t write a detective book with a complicated plot and multiple suspects, maybe one day, but not at the moment. There is a case, there is a few suspects, but overall the story is about Elliot Morrow entering this new and strange world and trying to find his place within. 

I have just finished reading The Island of Doctor Moreau by HG Wells. I enjoyed it. The story is good, the themes are thought provoking and just as relevant now as they were over 100 years ago. I haven’t read that much of Wells but I should try to at some point. I’ve also been reading The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. I’m about a quarter of the way through it. I wanted to read his stuff after reading The Battler, a short story by him. I like his writing style. So far I’m enjoy the book but it’s rather short and I haven’t read enough to make any judgement. 

Thanks for reading, 


About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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2 Responses to Assignments

  1. Zuri says:

    I’ve been meaning to read some Wells, but I just don’t have the time with my other coursework to do stuff that enjoyable! I think my joy-joy time is spent blogging. Congratulations on your ebook, I hope it sells well! Good luck with your Dissertation.


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