I’m still here! A quick update on my absense

Hi everyone.

It has been too long since I have been on here talking to you all. I wish I could say that I am back with many more posts and a new book, but unfortunately that isn’t the case. Since we last saw each other a lot has happened, more than I thought would happen. To keep a very long story short, I had to leave my day job as a contractor in the mining industry as work began to dry up, which led me to sadly selling my house and understandably trying to deal with a lot of stress and emotional turmoil. on top of that I have also unfortunately lost a much loved cousin at the beginning of the year. He died at an early age to cancer, his second battle with this horrible disease.

On a brighter note however, I have since moved to the country near to where I grew up, first moving in with a very good friend and her family, and now into a rental by myself… and my dog! Yes, I now have a little cavoodle called Pepper who keeps me company and I don’t know what I would do without her. I was never able to have her before when I was working such unreliable shifts away from home for extended periods of time. Now that I have left my job I have that stability. I have also decided to work for myself as well which is taking up all my time at the moment. Needless to say I have been a very busy person.

But what does that mean for my writing and The Northumbrian Saga which is supposed to be a series?

All I can say is that I have not given up! I still think of my writing all the time and I am hopeful that once I have set myself up a little more, I can get back into it. I have no timeline, I cant even tell you it will be sooner rather than later. I can only say that iI really want to get back to it soon, time willing!

I hope you are all well in your own lives. Every now and then I visit this site and I know you guys are still visiting which I really appreciate. I’m glad that even though I am unable to post as much as I once did, some of you are still finding something of use on here.

All the best of health and happiness to you all. Until I write again, hopefully with some better news!

A H Gray

May update 2014

Short and sweet post for May. I have been really busy with the day job and all the trivial things that go on in the ‘real world’, so my online presence and writing has taken a bit of a back seat recently. I have several ideas for blog posts, it’s just getting the time to write them. Plus I really need to prioritise writing TNS2. Continue reading

Rigsthula

Under the pump a little this month so instead of another in depth article I want to share another long poem from The Northumbrian Saga, one that I like almost as much as The Wanderer but for very different reasons. This one is Viking in origin and is called Rigsthula, or the Lay of Rig. As you will see, Rig is not only adventurous but, shall we say, very friendly with the women he stays with. Behind the poem is the description of Scandinavian social hierarchy, beginning with the thralls or slaves at the very bottom (ugly and calloused from work) to the Jarls and finally Kon or King at the top.

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December update 2013

It seems that when it rains it pours. Like most people I’m guessing December is one of the busiest times of the year for me and this year seems like no exception. I had a number of goals that I … Continue reading