Thursday, 14 April 2016

Where Has Den Been?

You know things are bad when spammers post to your blog more than you do. I decided it was time to rectify that.

So where have you been? I hear you ask. My time has been split five ways between my day job, night school, writing and running RPGs, teaching, and having some sort of private life. You'll note there's not much fiction writing going on there, and you'll also note I'm not going to explain why. Needless to say there will be more long form projects at some point, I just can't talk about them right now.

I've been sublimating my storytelling impulses into writing roleplaying game adventures and running said adventures for friends. There's something refreshing about writing a storyline and seeing people interact with it, rather than just being along for the ride as they are for a novel. My setting of choice has been Star Wars, and Fantasy Flight do make such lovely, lovely books. Shame about the ridiculously expensive custom dice, but something something Dark Side and all that.

I've also had my first taste of teaching, sharing my limited wisdom with the fine students of Brunel University's creative writing course. I only taught three days, giving forty minute lectures and running two seminars each day. It's fair to say I was completely out of my comfort zone but muddled through. The biggest shock was that the students had not seen either Akira or Labyrinth. Good grief.

Not content to merely learn I've also been soaking up some new knowledge with an eye to becoming a psychotherapist at some point because a) apparently I hate being bored b) There's nothing quite like night school for overloading your schedule c) I really should get one sensible qualification in my lifetime.

Those of you interested in my writing need not despair. I will be at Waterstones Colchester on 28th May with the excellent Jen Williams and Ed Cox. You can find the obligatory Facebook event here. I'll be signing books, so please come and buy some, or say hello, or bring me whisky tribute.

Lastly, I'll have a short story in the the very last Jurassic London anthology. The Extinction Event will be the final chapter, so to speak, in the not for profit series run by Jared Shurin (formerly Jared and Anne C. Perry). You can read a more detailed piece on the Extinction Event here 

And that is all from me for now. Buy the ticket, take the ride, as HST would say.