1834 was also a bad year for German mice. One of the newspapers I was reading reported alongside the fire that: A remarkable phenomenon has been observed in the neighbourhood of Frankfort. It is a sudden malady among the mice, thousands of which are found dead or dying in the fields.
Yesterday (Friday) I had a quick chat with some of the fire safety guys at the Houses of Parliament. They are all ex-firemen so they really know their stuff. I wanted to make sure I understood the technical details of the descriptions of the fire from contemporary newspapers and other sources I have been working […]
Today and tomorrow I have taken as leave, to work on the book. I’m now knitting together new references and polishing chapters 4 to 7, which are all interlinked. But most importantly, and very excitingly, today I met the agent who will be representing me, all being well. We had a half-hour meeting at her office, discussed future book plans, likely publishers […]
Just back from a fascinating four days attending Bob McKee’s Story Seminar. Although intended to be useful for work, in terms of interpreting historical stories for the public, it was also tremendously helpful for my book. McKee is a famous (perhaps, the most famous) Hollywood script doctor, and a polemicist for ‘story’ in all narrative, particularly […]
I am writing this slightly numb with shock, but also amazed and over the moon to report that at lunchtime today the agent I sent an initial submission to, on Tuesday, emailed me to ask to meet up. I really wasn’t expecting a response (positive or negative) for weeks, so am very excited. We’ll be meeting […]
Well, today’s the day when things got serious: I sent off my prologue and first three chapters to a literary agent. I won’t say which one here, since I might not get anywhere and will then look a total fule. But if I do, you’ll be the first to know. I should get a yay or […]