Monday, 17 June 2013
Fourth Anniversary of this Blog... and a competition!
Bernard Socks is settling in so well! He's a very relaxed cat (apart from his Mad Half Hours, which sometimes happen right in the middle of the night.) Mostly though he likes to cuddle up on my lap while i'm reading.
I'll catch you up what what I've been reading in the next day or so (as well as giving you details of a reading i'm giving at the Didsbury Arts Festival next week, and making up my Year's BEST books at the rapidly-approaching halfway point in 2013...!), I just wanted to post a quick update in the meantime - because I realised that my blog is four years old..!
It really started in earnest in June 2009 in its old home on Wordpress - and all that seems a long time ago now. A great deal has gone since then - and i've read quite a few books in that time, too. I've also written quite a lot, too! In that time I've published the second half of the Brenda and Effie books, and all the Audiogo Tom Baker Doctor Who audiobooks - fifteen of them! I've gone freelance as a writer in that time - and had the idea for and helped start the Green Carnation Prize. Obverse books has sprung up all down to the amazing efforts of Stuart Douglas, and they've published a few stories of mine - including my kids' book, 'The Ninnies.'
I must admit, there have been some *awful* times personally in those last four years - but there have been some brilliant ones, too.
But the blog is there like a lifeline throughout - and it's become the place where i talk about what i'm reading, but also where I share my news with my readers. I've got such a great bunch of readers - very loyal and quite vocal - in person, on facebook and on here. I love hearing what you've got to say!
I thought I'd run a little competition to celebrate four years of my blog. I'll send a signed copy of the most recent novel, 'Brenda and Effie Forever!' to the winner. I want you to tell me what your favourite blog post of mine was - on this blog or the previous one - and tell me why it was your favourite. My favourite answer gets the prize! (And if you've already got the book, we'll figure out getting you something you don't have.)