Update – a couple of weeks on

So I’m coming to the end of my second week on Venetoclax, which means I’m now taking 50mg/day and heading for 100mg/day on Wednesday. So far so good, no side effects other than many more trips to the toilet because of the extra fluids I’m drinking to ward off Tumour Lysis Syndrome (look it up, it’s not nice).


I took part in the annual Lighwater Village Quiz on Friday with my usual team. I haven’t been able to take part for the last 3 or 4 years, though my team did win without me one year. As usual we won the very demanding 100 question table quiz, and I was able to hear most of the questions as they were read out. We then lost in the semi-final up on stage in the ‘fastest finger first’ buzzer round. Was I restricted by my hearing in answering the questions quickly? Yes, I think so. Would we have beaten the team that defeated us if I was 100%? I doubt it, they were very good and went on to win the title.


This blog is late because I was ambushed by the great green catarrh monster at the end of last week and today is the first day I’ve felt half-decent since. Coincided with my mother-in-law visiting, there is no connection.

Didn’t do much writing of my own stuff as I’ve been reading a longtime collaborator’s new novel and trying to figure out how to make it better. Difficult as it is a very nicely told story, but there is still a certain amount to say about it. Whether they’ll use the advice, well that’s their call.

In other news – WE WON THE JACKPOT AT THE PUB QUIZ. yes, finally picked the correct envelope and came away with over £60 each. I love getting paid to go to the pub!


There will be no blog post next week as we’ll be on holiday. Tell you about it when I get back.


It ain’t broke so….

Yesterday I attended the AGM of the T-Party, the London-based semi-pro writing group I’ve been going to for ages and I’m happy to report that they are in good health. Members are getting published and gaining agents so we must be doing something right. The only downside is that the published writers now have less time for critiquing and attending workshops. 14 people applied to join last year, 10 of these were successful so word seems to be spreading. As the group’s publicity officer all this makes me happy as I believe this is a great group to be a member of; they certainly made a great difference to my writing.

Tuesday was good evening, not only did Wigan lose at Arsenal removing any threat to Southampton’s Premier League status, but my quiz team won the pub quiz AND chose the right envelope winning £174.

I went to St Mary’s for Southampton’s last match of the season today. They drew 1-1 with Stoke but had more than enough chances to win. As a result they finished 14th – a great result for the first season back in the Premier League, but next season they need to be beating teams like Stoke. It will be very interesting to see what moves they make in the transfer market over the summer.

May arrives

The beginning of a new month always mean the same thing to me – quiz night on the first Sunday of the month. This month is a little different as the May Bank Holiday gives a long weekend with the opportunity for people stay up a little later knowing they haven’t got work on Monday. This gave me the chance to bring my family quiz team along to compete in my quiz as I’ve been threatening my quiz regulars to do for months. And they delivered, winning by four points (and no, the quizmaster did not help them any more than he helps the other teams). Well done folks, especially my 13 y.o nephew who has now had two outings with the family quiz team and has won both times. 

I also had the opportunity to have an editor from a major London publisher have a look over my the list of UK agents for SF/F that lives on my website (www.martinowton.com) and is mirrored on the T-Party site. As a result I’ve put up a new version with a few more names added. I’ve tried to make it comprehensive and I hope people find it useful.

The novel sequel grew a bit more to 9k this week, and no, I’ve had no news about the novel.   

A better week



A fairly satisfactory week. I finished the short story I’ve been working on, and added some words to the sequel of my modern fantasy story that is currently out in the wicked world of acquiring editors. Ok, so the sequel doesn’t amount to much so far, but at least it is moving forward.

My quiz team won the Thursday night pub quiz with a very healthy score, but selected the wrong envelope and won a £20 meal voucher.

And Southampton got a point at Norwich. The highlights suggested they played well enough to take all three points, but as Norwich missed a last minute (and very suspect) penalty I’m grateful enough for the one. 

Good night !

Last night was a good night!

In addition to running quizzes, I enjoy doing them. I am part of a small but elite team who go out once a week or so to compete in local pub quizzes and last night we triumphed. By that I mean, not only did we win the quiz but, as winners, we picked the correct envelope and came away with the jackpot that had been rolling over for the last few weeks. It almost made up for all the other times we’d won and picked the wrong envelope and finished up with a bottle of wine or 10 free quiz entries.