I have spent much of today putting together the Flash Fiction section on this website. If you don't happen to know what it's all about and would like to, take a look at Flash-Fic-Month on DeviantArt. I've had a lot of fun with it in the past, and today I had fun looking through my old pieces and selecting the best ones for here. I think my best year was the first one I did, 2010, and I'd gone seriously downhill by 2012! In 2013 I significantly reduced my flash fiction output, and last year I didn't contribute at all.
Well, now I'm getting back to it, because FFM 2015 has a purpose for me going all the way back to NaNoWriMo 2014. Editing that stuff is hard work, and everyone knows that historical fiction is seriously tough. I've been balking at the thought of all the parts that need totally rewriting, and all the parts that I ought to have written but haven't and, I confess, putting it off just a little bit. Well, now I'm going to force myself to draft all of the new material that I know needs doing. Doubtless I'll find more and more and more to do after July, but this plan is going to make a big dent in my workload. Maybe it'll even get a bit easier after that... :-/
Seriously, I'm excited about this novel, and the hard work will pay off if I make it happen. I'm already proud of quite a lot of what I've done, and I was inspired in April when I visited the Norwich Castle Museum, specifically to see the Iceni exhibit (but I enjoyed other parts too). There is nothing in existence that Boudica definitely handled or even saw, but there is stuff that definitely belonged to her people, including an impressive coin hoard that was surely buried because the owner was about to embark on her rebellion. Since they were never reclaimed, we can guess what happened to that person. I want to make those events seem real and close, and that coin hoard behind a pane of glass, in Norfolk, is about as physically close as you can get.
Less seriously, I intend to have plenty of fun with Flash Fiction Month as well, and write a few pieces of less significance. I enjoyed reading some of what I've produced in past Julys, though I say it myself. :)