A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
I didn’t expect to like this little Swedish tale at all, let alone love it. A story about a grumpy old curmudgeon who hates cats and thinks most young people are wastes of space? Boy, I thought. Sounds like a right casserole of laughs.
My friend James of Short Story Cast has excellent taste in books, however. If he enjoyed A Man Called Ove, then it was definitely worth a gander…
So excited to be taking part in #PitchWars this year. I took part in #Ficfest earlier this year and found it to be an absolute blast!
I’ve been meaning to get involved in #PitchWars for a couple of years now, and it’s been great getting to know all you lovely mentors and mentees. Seems like there’s a big, varied mix of people from all walks of life, which is exciting. I’m seeing friendships taking shape across the #PitchWars feed, so whatever the outcome, it’s nice to know we’ll all reach the end of #Pitchwars in much more agreeable company.
I only learned about the #pimpmybio hashtag late last night. I’m about 5-8 hours ahead of many of you guys thanks to that chuffin’ timezone nonsense. Sincere apologies for how late I am in posting this as a result, but I hope you’ll enjoy reading all the same 🙂
So, without further ado…
As many of you guys no doubt know, I’ve spent the last year or so shopping around the first in a book series I co-created with my bezzie mate Kay Ediger. Admittedly, I’m not totally savvy with this agent querying lark and have found it to be a bit of a struggle. I’m currently on rejection #35 at the moment, and that’s just counting the agents who actually bothered their arses writing back to me to let me know
I’m the shittest writer that ever shitted a shittier shit than shit our book was just not the right fit for them.
Some of you may be aware that Twitter is a thriving community for writers. It’s a great place to mingle, pick up writer tips, even find some kind souls willing to critique or beta-read your work. It was through getting to talk to a lovely and talented lady known as D.H. Poirier that I found out about #FicFest. It’s a new annual pitching event where writers are invited to submit their manuscript to a team of mentors who will give feedback and guide them to (hopefully) get a partial or full request from an agent.
What makes #Ficfest, #PitMad and other such Twitter-based writing competitions so wonderful is the sense of community that tends to arise. There’s a real feeling of paying it forward here. Everyone is genuinely in it to improve, make friends and support one another on the way to publication. H. Elliot summed this up brilliantly on her blog recently.
#Ficfest submissions officially open on Sunday 24th April and run through to Monday 25th April. It promises to be a really fun event where writers can bust ass on their manuscript and get to know a fantastic community of fellow scribes. To find out more, check out the Ficfest submissions guide on Tiffany Hoffman’s website.
Right, must be off. Still got about 3,000 words to shave off this bloody story!
(All this stuff was gonna go on my About Me page, but it’s bit waffly so I thought ‘nah, mate’ and left it here.)
Writing stuff what I’ve done
My first big writing gig was in Vancouver, Canada as junior writer (and eventually head writer) on seasons five and six of Cartoon Network’s Ed Edd n Eddy. I wrote many of the initial premises (the idea ‘nuggets’ summarising what an episode was about) outlines and scripts, oversaw and edited the work of my fellow writers and liaised with the director and storyboard team.
The only episode I wrote that I actually like is ‘The Eds are Coming, The Eds are Coming’, a half-hour Cartoon Network block special themed around aliens and the madness that ensues among the denizens of the cul-de-sac. I eventually also co-wrote the feature length movie Ed Edd n Eddy’s Big Picture Show.
Returning to merry old England, I took to writing content for MoneyAware, blog of StepChange Debt Charity. I write articles on how to be fun and thrifty as well as put people on the way to getting expert help with their financial situation.
Getting back into the world of cartoons and comics, I wrote several Regular Show backup comics for Boom! Studios (‘Sugartown’, ‘Grabbed by the Ghostlies’) as well as three Regular Show original graphic novels: ‘Hydration’, ‘Noir Means Noir, Buddy‘ and ‘A Clash of Consoles‘ have been published since. Those last two graphic novels were co-written by my life-companion Robert Luckett. All are available to buy on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. ‘Hydration’ made it onto the Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Indie Graphic Novel list for September 2014.
In 2014 I finished writing the first draft of my debut YA fantasy novel with creative input from my long-time friend Kay Ediger. This is the first in a series of novels and is currently being queried with literary agents.
Rob and I live in Leeds under the servitude of our
overlord pet cat, Ramona.
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