Close to two years ago, I wrote this post and a few others before it while writing the first draft of the book that eventually became Ascent. I've just spent the last ten minutes scrolling through my blog to find it which took longer than I thought simply because it was longer ago than I remembered. Two summers ago which either means my sense of time passing is up the spout or I really did write the first draft back in the distant days of 2014-15. Not sure which.
Either way, here we are - close to publication date of a book that, oddly, went from christ this mess is a total pain in the arse to hey this isn't half bad i think i might have something decent with this one. As I've written another book, the first draft of a second along with detailing a new outline and fresh research for it before starting the second draft and various short pieces since that post two summers ago, it's been a long time since I looked at Ascent in any kind of impartial way. Enough time has passed for me to do that now and I have to say, I like what I see. Crowded Quarantine and I have whipped my original book into shape, streamlined it (hopefully) and I'm pretty chuffed with the finished result. Obviously I try to improve with each new book and it's probably fair to say I've done so with this one. It's a dark tale that if you wanted me to narrow down to a single word for the theme, I'd give you one of the worst of all human experiences.
Ascent - Amazon link
Pre-order link from CQP