Happy New Year to all my readers, friends & colleagues – I think 2010 is going to be a good year. If the Gods smile kindly on us it might be the year when the Poet & The Murderer finally becomes the movie that many people said it was destined to be. Lorrie Sheehie, the screenwriter, is ensconced in her house in Fulham as I speak, tweaking and cutting and editing the final rewrite. I am also hoping that the time & effort invested in making some of my long-form journalism available on Kindle & other digital platforms is going to pay off. It’s a fantastic thing for writers to be able to take back control of their words and directly sell them to readers, without the intervening agency of giant media corporations. 2010 will also hopefully see the rewrite of my book, The River of Desire, a journey through Patagonia, based on a journey I made for National Geographic Magazine some years ago. Finally, I hope that Luce Acres, a story based on my mother’s experiences during WW2, will get the necessary advance for me to give it my full attention. 2010 might also be the year I get married again …. more on that anon. But for now, I wish you all a very Happy New Year and that at least some of your own dreams will come true in the next twelve months.