David has just sent this along. Lots of good things in store, including news of Chung Kuo side-stories – one of which will be exclusive to this site! Stay tuned, folks.
Brief News From The Home Front
It’s been birthday season here in sunny Islington. Sue began it all with hers on August 18 th – for
which we had a little party with just a few friends round – and then it was Amy’s on the 27th.
We celebrated hers at a café called “Bill’s” at the Angel, with her boyfriend, Ben, Jessica and her
boyfriend, Mark, and Sue and I. That was great fun, and was followed very quickly by my birthday on
the 1st September – with a little birthday bash at our friends’ Icaro and Sarah’s, followed by seconds
at home the day after (with all the family along). We’d then have celebrated Georgia’s, on the 6 th,
but she was in California, which now leaves us anticipating Francesca’s birthday on the 16 th – it’s
her eighteenth, so we’ve agreed she can have a big party, which she’ll share with one of her oldest
And I realise I’ve not followed up on my comments about the Olympics and Paralympics, which Sue
and I have been following with great delight. I commented before about how the atmosphere in
this country seems to have changed, and I still believe that’s so. We’ve shown real spirit these past
few months and coming third on the medal table both times is great. As a nation we can show great
pride at what we’ve achieved. It’s simply very nice to share in the general collective air of positivity
But my main activity these past few weeks has been to start producing the Chung Kuo spin-off
stories, and I’m pleased to say that they’re going well and I’m enjoying the experience. First off the
line was “One Moment Of Bright Intensity” – an 8000-worder which I hope will be available as a
freebie on Amazon, along with a sample chapter from THE MIDDLE KINGDOM. I followed that story
up with CLOUDS AND RAIN, which weighed in at 12,000 words, and the next to appear was BLACK
STONE, WHITE, a 13,000-worder which kind of fell out of me. It was written from scratch in a day
and a half, with 8000 words of it written in a single mammoth sitting. Hey, and it didn’t feel like
I’m now working (very slowly) on one of the larger spin-offs, a shortish novel called THE DRAGON IN
THE EARTH, which I hope to have done by the end of the month. Alongside that I hope to produce
three other much shorter stories – THE FINDING, FILIAL PIETY and PAPERHOUSE. The last of those
I’ve promised to Matt for the site.
Oh, and I hope to have news about ROADS TO MOSCOW in the next few weeks, so watch this space.
With the publication of Book Three, THE MIDDLE KINGDOM, only five weeks away, I’m feeling highly
energized right now. An American publisher? We’re working on it. Hollywood? We’ve got a guy
working on that, too. So stay tuned (as they say) for a busy last four months of 2012.
And a big “Tsai Chien!” to everyone out there!
9th September 2012