March 20, 2013
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Two years, a couple of thousand pages of notes and a current total just shy of one hundred and sixty thousand words of story: as of yesterday afternoon I am out of my writing bathysphere because Draft Zero of the New Book is DONE.
As part of my plan to get used to being back on Earth – and restore at least some of the distance and objectivity I’ll need to convert this beast into a functioning First Draft – over the coming weeks I’m doing a bunch of school visits.
Today’s return to Ken Stimpson Community School was a blast: three sessions full of excellent and inspiring young people. Burlington Danes Academy, The City of London Academy and The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College are all currently quaking at the imminent prospect of further scenes of electrified-baboon-style gesticulation and grinning much like those in this slideshow:
BTW: If you, reading this, are interested in having me come and visit your school or library or bookshop, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via my Contact An Author Page.
Meanwhile the simple fact that the biggest and most ambitious story I’ve written so far now exists in full outside my brain for the very first time is making me giddy. Excuse me while I stick my head back in this bucket of cold water.