I’m actually just sitting down to write this at half two in the morning, because I’m busy and life is hard sometimes, and because there really aren’t enough hours in the day. And because it feels like it’s been a little while since I’ve actually said anything on here and I wanted to change that.
So lots of stuff has been happening. I’m being asked to do lots of stuff and things and I’ll be mentioning the details of where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing when I can. Lots of exciting stuff on the horizon though.
Most importantly is the NEW BOOK. A Book of Beautiful Trees which is officially published on November 5th. Remember, remember…
I know I was always going to say this but I really am very proud of it. It continues Alexander’s story (from Beautiful Words), along with Lily and Lucy. Things have moved on from the last book and this one charts a relationship (or two) and tells a story through trees – with a few bits of what I’d like to think are interesting facts and things in the same weird Nik Perring adult picture book way. And it’s only £9.99.
As with all the books Roastbooks have published of mine – it’s a very beautiful book. The illustrations (I was always going to say this too, of course) are stunning thanks to Miranda Sofroniou and I can’t wait for it to be out there. If anyone would like to help me spread the word – which I’d appreciate so much, then do give me a shout.
For now it’s only available to pre-order from here, but that’ll all change soon enough and when it does you’ll be the first to know.
So, what else can I talk about? Thinking about it, not actually all that much just yet. So maybe I’ll just babble for a while.
I can tell you though that on Saturday at noon I’ll be at Sheffield Central Children’s Library, presenting the books we produced of the brilliant stories that were written during the week I was there a little while ago. I’m sure you’ll be hearing all about it when it’s done because the stories and the young writers I worked with are all very, very brilliant and so were the library staff and I loved the whole thing very, very much.
On a slightly more personal note… I actually went to the seaside a little while ago. See!
It had been too long since I’d seen the sea (I think it was back in 2009 when I’d had my last holiday) so it was long, long
overdue. And I enjoyed it. In fact I enjoyed it so much I gave it a kiss. It exorcised things in a way because for too long I’d simply not been able to get there through one thing and another. So that was good. I am glad I went and did a little something for me. And thank you, Andrew, for lending me your house there.
There has been much editing happening too. Much, much editing. And between it all I’ve been writing too. Short stories. Longer short stories. Very short, short stories. And, a few of them, I’m really pleased with. I think that being published (or just being in my situation) can be a bit of an odd one in that a) you can fall into the trap of thinking that everything you write should be of a certain standard and getting really pissed off when it’s not, and b) you just don’t have the time. Both of those, of course, are easily(ish)ly dealt with and, well, a little self-absorbed because we’re all in the same boat with lives and other things to do.
And that’s probably about it for now. Stay tuned for updates on appearances (I know, I’m breaking the habit of a lifetime) and for other exciting news (which won’t all be about me, don’t worry). Don’t touch that dial…