Hello!

It’s been a while. Poor old Alfie Slider has had to take a bit of a back seat for a while as I have been setting up and establishing my freelance writing business. If you like my style and would like blog posts or articles written by an enthusiastic, geeky, amateur futurist (or you just fancy reading them) then pop over to Words Which Work and you can find out more about that.

I’m happy to say that the work side of things is going very well. I have a viable business set up in just a few months with some lovely regular clients and plenty of variety. I’ve also been shortlisted for an award! In November I’ll find out if I’ve won a York Women Mean Business Celebration Award in the category of Business Support.

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Which is not to say that I haven’t been doing anything at all for Alfie. For example, last month I had a wonderful day at York Unleashed the Third. Not only did I get to talk to people, sell and sign book and admire the amazing costumes but I also met Peter Davison! He is my Doctor, and I had the honour of thanking him in person for that and gifting him with a copy of Alfie Slider vs the Shape Shifter. The book wouldn’t have happened without Doctor Who, and I wouldn’t have loved Doctor Who so much without Peter.

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And this week I had the great pleasure of standing alongside several of my York Writers colleagues for an evening at Waterstones, York. We had a full house of lovely, enthusiastic people and I read some of Alfie, I chatted about writing and answered their questions. Then I got to watch as someone took a book to the till and it was rung through. Witnessing a book being sold through a big chain bookstore was a great experience!

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So work is still ongoing on Alfie Slider and the Frozen Prince, I’ve got a plot outline for Alfie 3, I’m still writing with Dan Crow (hoping to be finished by the end of this year!) and my MA in Creative Writing starts up again next month.

As you can see it isn’t that I’m not posting because I have nothing to say, just that I need to do something wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey to fit everything in!  Coming up next: A return to Headlands Primary school for more Hero workshop fun. Get in touch if you’d like me to come and visit your school, library or bookshop for something similar.