First up – it’s day 11 of Rob’s Flash Clash challenge (in which my stories are pitted against the best in their class) and I’m still doing okay, which is rather cool.
Secondly, I was thrilled to be interviewed by Sue Guiney – she asks very interesting questions. You can see how I answered them here.
So, I went to Chester yesterday. For the first time in ten years.*
It was an informal panel type of affair,in front of an audience of 60 or so, where we interviewed each other about all things books – from ideas, writing, editing, getting published, et al. And we took questions from the audience too.
I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it. The audience were warm, lively and intelligent, the library staff were helpful and lovely, the venue was perfect and, I think, a good time was had by all. It was also brilliant to be able to meet the lovely Clare Dudman (who’s blogged about it here) as well as other blog/twitter friends (you know who you are!).
Thanks to all for coming along. I can’t wait for the next one.
And thanks to Anna for this:
* Every Wednesday I met up with a very good friend and some of his family, his brother-in-law and his uncle-in-law. We used to go to a quiz. Chat. Have fun. It was good and I remember those times really fondly. On September 1st 2001, after a day at Chester races, friend’s said uncle-in-law and brother-in-law went into a pub to watch a football game. England beat Germany 5-1. As friend’s uncle-in-law went outside to organise the taxi he was set on by a man. Knocked to the floor. His head was kicked as though it was a football. He died in hospital a few days later. He was 40 and recently married. So, despite me being fond of Chester I’d never been back. It was a bit tough going back there yesterday, to be honest, but I’m glad I did. And I’m glad I took a moment to remember a friend who may be gone but who’s certainly not forgotten.