I just wanted to take a few minutes out to reflect on something that I have experienced recently and which has proven profound for me.
A few years ago, whilst travelling frequently up and down to London, on the train, I decided to make use of the time and write a few non-fiction articles, with the aim of getting them published in the magazine of my professional body, the Institute of Revenues, Rating & Valuation (IRRV) – see www.irrv.net
Little did I realise quite what a voyage of discovery that would become. For I found that I enjoyed writing, quite a lot! Anyway, one day in my study, back in 2007, I mentioned to Monica that I was struggling to squeeze what I wanted to say into the word count for the article I was penning at the time. She just looked at me and said, “Why don’t you write a book?” To cut a long story short, I thought that was a good idea, and so The phat Controller was conceptualised. ISBN: 978-1-4251-6241-2
And, I’m also now close to completing 100 articles for the IRRV. But, the discovery of my love for writing led me to do something with an idea I’d had in my mind for many years. An idea for a novel. So began my branch out into fiction-writing.
phat Coffee is now in its third draft and I’m about to begin the process of approaching agents and publishers. Wish me luck, for I may need it.
phat Coffee is a contemporary drama about a man unfulfilled. At thirty-four, Adam Raynott is driven by frustration, leading him to embezzle over £20m and go in search of satisfaction, to North Cyprus. Only, his crime leaves a trail of devastation. Relationships with loved ones are tested and, when his brother becomes ill, Adam devises a solution. Nothing is ever simple. This story shows how unchanneled desire can ultimately destroy you!
But, as a result of this expansion into fiction-writing, I have now tasted several assorted events which I want to share with you. Why? Because they’re all very different to anything I’ve experienced before. What it illustrates to me is the wonder of life, and the joy of new encounters.
Aside from the pleasure I’ve found in researching aspects of the book, and utilising locations to enhance the authenticity of the writing (I hope!), I’ve become involved in a variety of things which have broadened my knowledge and understanding.
The first is my joining the Coventry Writers’ Group in December 2016 – see www.coventrywritersgroup.org.uk – which is proving an interesting and supportive group, attended by several published creative writers.
This led to the most recent event, which was attending Stonefest in Atherstone on July 15th (see above image), where members of our group gave readings of our work. phat Coffee got its first public outing!
In between, I attended the National Writers’ Conference on 10th June, at Birmingham University. An event organised by www.writingwestmidlands.org for whom I should like to offer a belated thank you. It was my first attendance at a fully-fledged event in the arts, as opposed to my own professional background, and I thoroughly enjoyed it; gaining a great deal from the content on offer.
The bottom-line is, I have discovered over the course of the last few years that writing is something I would love to have the opportunity to do more of. I will pursue that dream. Roger Federer indicated, only last month at Wimbledon, that belief can take you to some unexpected places. I would concur with that view. I continue to believe that I can make my dream a reality, and I should like to take the opportunity to thank those that I have met during my recent experiences for helping me to better visualise that dream.
But, the message to dreamers of all ages is: dream on, enjoy the journey, and you just never know…!
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