Welcome to the Rebels' Riot Feast Shed
Friday, 12 February 2016
Thanks for dropping by my shed. Make yourself at home. The kettle’s boiling on the solar-powered Aga, and I’ve just cleared the wild oxen from the vegetable patch, to prevent them disturbing the Great Auk hibernating in the compost.
The shed is still receiving a few finishing touches, as you can see from the photo above. But it’s a shed, I hope, like no other. A little untidy, but that’s how I like it. Hope you do too.
I think there’s a need for a Big Sell at this point, to get everyone fired up and pledging. After all, why should you throw a few squid at a first novel, sight unseen (apart from a tantalising sample)? Would I throw squids at such a project if I was in your position (which I am, as a keen supporter of Unbound)?
Well, to start with, ‘first novel’ is a bit misleading. True, there has been no fiction so far, but my 10th local history book came out in 2015, and I’ve been a professional writer for 30 years. It’s just that my output to date has been a mixture of non-fiction and the shady world of corporate copywriting.
Now, you may argue that this is a bit like the fiddler at the local pub session putting in an application to play lead violin with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. But have you heard how good some of those pub fiddlers are? Get yourself to a good Irish session, and prepare to be blown away. If you’re in Oxford, I’ll escort you to one myself.
So, let’s see if that analogy works… I’m the brilliant fiddler (writer) discovered in an unlikely setting (copywriting and local history), about to wow with the LPO (this novel). Yes – I’m pretty happy with that.
I know, I know – talking the talk is easy; but walking the walk? I can’t expect you to take my word for it. But at the very least you can check out the ‘look inside’ links on some of my Amazon-listed titles (access them all at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Sullivan/e/B004Z4XMFC). That will tell you if I’m able to string words together in a pleasing way. And I suppose this blog post – and the ones to follow – will do that too.
Let’s call it a beginning. That, after all, is where all the best stories start.
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