Alexander Gordon Smith

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Holiday!!

I’m still enjoying a bit of a break after finishing Furnace 5. Well, I say a break, but it’s actually been a busy couple of weeks catching up on admin (yawn), fan mail (yay), moving into the new office (awesome) and DIY around the house (argh!!!!). I’ve also been doing a short business foundation course (eek!) which has been really interesting. It’s provided by the Norwich and Wensum Enterprise Centre (NWES) for free, and is designed to get people thinking about their finances, especially with limited companies. I figured that as I’ve got three limited companies, I should probably try and find out what a profit and loss chart is, and what the laws are regarding taxes…

Anyway, the aim of it all is to make sure Inkling is set up properly, especially as we’re going for Arts Council funding. I want to make sure the company gets off to as positive a start as possible. And in other Inkling news we’ve had our first submission, which is awesome! We’re taking it away to Centerparcs with us next week so we can start reading it at bedtime.

Other than Inkling stuff and DIY (I finally finished decorating Jamie’s room!) I’ve not been up to much, really. I started work again on a horror novel for adults that I began late last year, and I’ve been getting into it. However, it’s a long-term project and I imagine that after a couple of chapters it will end up back on the shelf while I start the new YA series. Still, it would be cool if something happened with it one day. I’ve also started learning Japanese again, although as this is the third time I’ve begun and I’ve never kept with it before I’m not incredibly optimistic…

Right, I’m off to wrap up a last few bits and pieces before I head home and start packing. We leave for Centerparcs on Monday morning and I can’t wait to get in the pool!! Have a great week everyone!!

The Holidays!!

It seems to have come around so fast, the summer holidays are here again! I love this time of year, though, as it’s an excuse to do fun stuff every day. Yesterday we went swimming, which was great. We were going to go and see Toy Story 3 as well but after two and a half hours in the pool we were absolutely cream crackered! We’ll probably head off to see that today, and I’m really looking forward to it!

Of course, this is also the time of year when I never seem to have any time for work… What with all the trips out and stuff, as well as a week in Centerparcs at some point. It’s good in one sense, as I was planning to take a little time off after finishing Furnace 5. However, I’m itching to get started on the next project. I’ve just sent my agent a pitch for the new series. I can’t say too much about it yet, but it’s a trilogy of horror books – very different to Furnace in subject, but similar in the level of violence and gore! The working title is The Hated, but this may change. Anyway, I should know soon whether I’ve got the deal, so I’ll tell you all about it then! I’ve also pitched two more series ideas, but they are for later on down the line. There’s loads on anyway!

In some ways this is my favourite part of being a writer, the ideas stage. It’s a chance to just let your imagination go utterly wild and come up with as many book ideas as possible. I used to find it tough finding inspiration, but now I just use the age old “what if…” technique and see new books everywhere! If some of you don’t know about the “what if…” technique then swing on over to the Trapped By Monsters site this afternoon for my guide on how to use it to write your own horror stories!

On the Inkling front, I’m taking out a new office next week in the building above. I’m really looking forward to it, for a couple of reasons. The first is that it will give Inkling Studios a really cool base of operations, a wonderful atmosphere in which to start up and hopefully grow. The second is that I’ll be able to work down there myself. Sometimes I enjoy writing at home, but it’s so nice to be able to go somewhere else to work. It really lets you appreciate your house when you get home at the end of the day! I’ll also be starting our Arts Council application this week, which should be fun!

Right, off to book tickets for Toy Story…

Is it a bird… Is it a plane…

No, hang on a minute, it’s the SUN!!!! It’s been so long I barely recognised it. What an amazing few days, though, it felt like summer! I forced myself to put work to one side in order to make the most of this bizarre phenomenon. On Thursday Lynsey, Lucy and I went to Thrigby Hall, which was so cool. It’s basically a small zoo, but there is an impressive range of beastly beasties on display. Tigers, alligators, panthers, monkeys, you name it! My favourite had to be the otters, though. They were rolling around in the sunshine and they just looked so cute! Well worth a trip if you’ve never been before.

Lynsey and I also managed to escape to the beach on Saturday, which was lovely. We drove up to Sheringham and it really did feel like the middle of the summer holidays. I was even tempted to go for a swim… But decided to settle for a beer and an ice cream instead. We finished off the weekend with the first family barbeque of the year. It’s always so nice to have the family over for burgers and beer, and even though it was getting a little chilly by the end of the day it was still great fun!

Alas, it’s a little cloudy today so I took that as a sign to get back to work. Furnace 4 to edit and Furnace 5 to write, all before the end of May. I’ll have to lock myself away in the gloomy confines of my office if I stand any chance of meeting that deadline. Still, at least I caught a glimpse of the sun before I close the door behind me…