Thursday, January 25, 2007

Virtual pain

I came back from a trip to Paris last week to find my computer fried. Everything gone, blank screen, nightmare. Since then I've had two new motherboards fitted, plus a new power supply and new hard drive in an attempt to bring the thing back to life. At last the problem has been resolved, and tonight I come limping back into e world a sadder and somewhat reduced man.

All my email addresses have gone, and all record of emails sent. Ever. This is the ethernet equivalent of being washed up on some rocky shore with no recollection of a former life. To all friends, readers, collectors, and independent booksellers who have been in touch with me over the last couple of years: PLEASE EMAIL ME,( so that I can begin to rebuild my address book. Seriously, do it. Thank you.

In the meantime I begin sifting through the wreckage of formats and programmes, thankful that this is, after all, only virtual pain.

Friday, January 12, 2007


Anybody got any ideas? I need about another three copies of myself. Workload is scary at the moment, but like any other freelancer, I never seem to learn how to say no.

Winter Wood needs about another six weeks on the writing. I could also do with six weeks in order to produce the cover artwork and interior illustrations. Then, as of today, I should be working on the history book previously mentioned: Leonardo da Vinci. (Which is going to be good, I think. Went down to London yesterday and had a very useful meeting with the editors.)That could be another month or two of solid writing.

So those are the three most pressing projects. Then there are two others that are lurking round the corner and likely to jump out and bite me at any minute: the comic strip, and the board-book version of Tractor factory.

The problem is that all these things are supposed to happening at exactly the same time. Eek. As we say in the trade.