Ah, September. The mornings are grey and misty, the leaves turn and catch in the first autumn breezes, and everything smells of new shoes and fresh stationary. Night whispers at the edges of everything.
In the city of Barchester, the corridors are clean and empty, troubled only by lecturers and postgraduate students. In childhood bedrooms, students pack up clothes, print off reading lists, and plan Fresher's week benders.
Meanwhile, in East Anglia the kids are back at school. So, back to work.
It's been a long summer - I've been hopping about the country a lot, doing storytelling gigs and readings. Thank you to everyone who made it to the Margate Bookie - it was a wonderful day and a chance to meet some other wonderful Unbound authors. I was particularly taken by Kate Bulpitt's Purple People and Irfan Shah's The Shadow Traps, so if you're looking for another book to support, there's a good place to go!
Anyway, here we are. Time's Fool is a veritable hair away from 71% and the next update of Some Chequered Affection. What's more, when we reach 75%, I shall not only be posting a £5 book token to one lucky supporter, as the result of a drunken dare, I shall also be dressing up as a vampire and reading the creature's first appearance in "an offensively bad Bela Lugosi voice."
Photos of the costume, etc, will be posted to encourage you on this front. Just need to find my decent fangs...
To tide you over until then, here is a reading I did at Drakes in Maidstone as part of Factotum Promotion's Doomed Love event. It's a bit of a blast from the past as not only does it have me reading poetry, it also has me introduced as "Rob Earl's Daughter," because that's still how I'm most famous in Medway.
However, it also contains the debut performance of an certain exerpt from Time's Fool. I hope you enjoy it!
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