I have questioned lots over the past few days, more than normal. The world is in chaos for many reasons and battle lines are being drawn that could have catastrophic results for years to come. One of the questions it raises is how do we carry on? How do I sit here and write about writing while the world around me burns?

I don't have a fool proof answer, certainly not one that everyone will find acceptable, but then I don't think that is possible, not really. My only thought on it is that I should do what I can to voice my support for those that need it, to stand and be counted where it matters and focus on what I can do, what I can change.

One of the writers I follow on Twitter, who I consider a friend and someone who thinks very similarly to me in many ways, stated that selfishness is at the root of everything that is wrong in the world (I am paraphrasing greatly here). I think they have a very good point. Given this, one thing we can all do is be less selfish, to step outside ourselves and see things from a different perspective, see how our actions, good and bad, affect others and choose to act in a way that is a little more selfless. It may not change the world overnight, but it might begin to turn it in the right direction.

While we grapple with the large problems that affect the world, we are also all struggling with the smaller issues that affect us and those closest to us. I still haven't had the results of my 7-day ECG monitor, hoping that will come early next week. On a lighter note, I nearly fell down the back of the washing machine this morning trying to reach the plug socket to check all my connections after I lost power to the dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. A dodgy looking plug on the tumble dryer may have been the culprit, so I am now without the dryer until I can prize the plug from the extension lead and rewire with a fresh plug. Oh the joys.

Despite all this, and a daughter home all week with a stinking cold, I have worked on the book. Scourge of the Demon Hunters now has 5 chapters that have gone through a full first round edit. I have a clearer idea of where I want several of the character arcs to go, and introduced a new secondary character who helps bring out another side of my demon main character. I am still ironing out a few issues when it comes to the early stages of the relationship between Cornelius and Louisa, but no one ever said writing a demon romance was going to be easy.

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