Greetings dear reader, ‘tis I, your humble blog-keeper and hat-sporting wordsmith back once again to inject a long-overdue dose of Random Lunacy into your consciousness. It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on this here blog because I’ve been on what I like to call a creative excursion.
The last few weeks have seen me fly into an almost constant state of artistic alchemy, exploring ideas, genres and mediums that have interested and enthralled me for a long time.
I’ve been working like a madman on several bits and pieces including an incredibly exciting, top-secret project that is shaping up to be one of the coolest things I’ve ever produced, if I do say so myself.
I can’t wait to tell you more about it in due course but for now, allow me to share with you another fine project that I’ve been a part of during my creative excursion…
The Vault of Awesomeness podcast is the latest brainchild of Y.A. author Ben Davis.
Ben is the vastly talented and hilarious writer of The Private Blog of Joe Cowley series and the stand-alone novels Danny Dread and My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral. He is also the Lead Writer at the Polesworth branch of Writing West Midlands’ Spark Young Writers Group, the very same branch where the Assistant Writer is some fellow named George Bastow. I’ve been co-running our Spark Young Writers’ group alongside the aforementioned Mr Davis since September and it’s fair to say that our creative minds operate on the same frequency, so when he asked me to be the first guest on The Vault of Awesomeness, my answer was a swift and definite “Yeah alright, then.”
I’d be lying if I told you interviews and public speaking were inside my natural habitat, but with a concept that was pitched to me as ‘the reverse of Room 101’ how could it be anything less than… well, awesome.
In the course of our interview Ben and I slid from the deep to the downright daft as we discussed such diverse topics as disability inclusion and black pudding.
If you’ve ever wanted to hear about how I started writing, became truly inspired by the work of Darren Shan or just listen to two yampy Midlands lads messing about, this is the show for you.