Having just dropped my son off at Remembrance Sunday service with the rest of his scout pack, I vividly recall the same time last year when I was struggling to find editors to work on Oceania. I find it incredible to believe that was a year ago.
After the trauma of Never Too Late, I swore that I would avoid true-to-life for a while and yet here I am, putting out another short story in that genre.
For the Love of Alice is a teen romance that spans a decade in the lives of three children living in the industrial heartland of Northern England. It bears considerable resemblance to my own upbringing to the point that the odd scene is taken directly from experience.
At the start of the story, the tale of the elderly Mrs. Clarke is absolutely true - I didn't even bother to change the name. Some of my experiences at university end up being mentioned and if there is a business student called Bruno that was at Owens Park hall of residence in 1983 and he's reading this, I fervently hope that he is much less of an asshole than he was then.
I like to explore different genres, knowing that not everyone likes the science fiction that seems to be the direction that my writing is taking.
I'm in a quandary as to what to write next, even though I have perhaps half a dozen stories in rough draft form spinning around in my head. A couple of people have recently requested the full Megan's World and I am shortly going to take another look at that, but due to its very explicit nature, feel it would be more appropriate to hand it to my good friend Mr Hyde to publish.
I also want to catch up on my reading. I was planning to buy my wife a Kindle for Xmas in the hope of borrowing it occasionally. This looks like an unlikely prospect so I am now faced with having to buy two of the things. In anticipation, I've already downloaded Heller's Catch-22 and seeing as I'm using his moniker, I thought I'd have a go at R.L. Stephenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde.
Future Perfect's readership seems to be coming along nicely and after the sexy chapters of this week, the story will take a rather dramatic turn.
There are a couple of possible stories for Mr Hyde but I'll leave him to talk about them. Hopefully now that he's got a playpen of his own, his influence on my writing will diminish. But then again...