You can hibernate only in Winter!
By ‘hibernate’ I meant ‘aestivate’ but most people wouldn’t get it. What I mean is that since I published my collection of short stories, Geoffrey’s Historical Shorts, you haven’t heard much from me. I’ve published no new books, written not many blogs and I’ve been fairly quiet on social media. You might have expected more from me as I haven’t been getting out much. I was shielding and am still being very cautious since my wife and I are in the vulnerable category and the pandemic is ongoing.
If I didn’t hibernate, what did I do?
I wrote and published a few books in my other name. They are not historical. I have also revised the third novel in the Highwaypersons trilogy, Stallion Man. I will be sending it to a copy editor soon. It is set against the background of the 1719 Jacobite Rebellion: the one few people know of. The highwaypersons, now reformed and leading honest lives, encounter danger in Wales and in Scotland. The story comes to a dramatic ending. I have also toyed with a further sequel, probably set at the time of the next Jacobite Rebellion in 1745, when all the characters will obviously be much older. I might write another adventure for them set sometime between 1719 and 1745, but I have not thought of a plot yet.
Pembroke Castle, one of the places in Stallion Man which I wrote while appearing to hibernate.
So what else did I do while I didn’t hibernate?
I have also written a novel, which I will soon publish, set in the English Civil War. It was a time of bitter divisions in society, with echoes of the Brexit saga. For a time, it looked as if Coronavirus was bringing us together, but that may be less true now than it was. I hope those who want to get back to normal will be able to understand the concerns some of us have for our health and that of others, and that those with such concerns will appreciate the need to get things going again. In my novel, I try to see events through the eyes of someone who was in the middle. My hero sees merit in both sides and good in people on both sides. He doesn’t want to have to choose, but events press hard.
What other thoughts came while I didn’t hibernate?
I keep hoping that people will take the opportunity to remake things better than they were before. There’s still time. After the Civil War and after the decade without a king, Charles II returned. However, we did not go back to things as they were under Charles I. On the other hand, wealth and privilege reasserted themselves. Can we do better now? I wrote about change in a previous blog.