After years of wondering what I could do to put organic fruit and veg on the table, grown with my own hands in a way that wouldn’t take too much of my time and energy, and that wouldn’t affect my health negatively, I've finally found the solution.
At the screening of the uplifting and inspiring film/documentary Tomorrow (Demain) by Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion here in Folkestone two weeks ago, I met a few members of the group Folkestone Cantiaci Volunteers, which is part of the Transition Town movement. They invited me to join themon Sunday morning to work on their allotments in Newigton, a ten-minute drive from where I live. So last Sunday I spent the morning with Nick, Rebecca, Frank, Doug and Kath. They showed me around the patches and their enthusiasm was contagious.
So, apart from walking around and taking pics, did you do any work? you wonder. Yes, I did. I helped plough a patch in which we will grow rosemary. It’s been hard work in a hot, summery weather, but very satisfying.
On the top right-hand side of the photos you can see the pond that Rebecca is creating. It will attract animals, like hedgehogs, that will eat slugs and other pests. No need for pesticides in our allotments! The pond will host frogs too. I must confess that I'm not keen on being in close proximity to them, but they will eat up the mosquitoes that will hover around the pond so it will be a good trade-off.
Now you know what I'll be doing every Sunday morning from now on :-). And you, have you ever thought of growing you own food?
Those of you who enjoyed reading Across Spacetime must be wondering whether there’s going to be a sequel. The answer is yes! I’ve almost finished it and I hope to send it to my publisher before my holiday in August.
I didn’t expect to write a series. However, in the months following the landing of the contract for Across Spacetime in July 2015, the plot for the sequel formed in my mind. After outlining its 30 chapters, in January 2016 I started to write my new book.
Like I did for Across Spacetime, I reached out for feedback. This time, though, for one reason or another, my first-readers have been unable to help me throughout the whole process, so as soon as I'm satisfied with my manuscript I will have to send it to a professional editor. Hopefully, he or she will be happy with most of it (fingers crossed). Once the editor returns it to me with his or her comments, I’ll address them and then send the manuscript to my publisher. After that? Holidays!
As the weather has been nice this week, yesterday I went to the Leas Promenade to enjoy the sun and tweak the plot of the last three chapters. Erm, no, it’s the other way round. I promise. I did work!
Yesterday it was my first book signing and I was really excited.
My table was located in the balcony, and although usually traffic concentrates in the Main Hall of the venue, many people made their way to our level. It was nice to engage with the public and talk to them about Across Spacetime... and sign my ever first book!
Two advantages of being located in the balcony where that it wasn’t as hot as downstairs and that I had it a nice view of the activities going on in the Main Hall.
Special thanks to my daughter Sofia who helped me set up my table, took pictures, shot videos and kept me company throughout the event.
Tomorrow I’ll be doing book signing at the #FolkestoneComicCon2017. Come to see me on the balcony and you'll have the chance to win a signed paperback copy of Across Spacetime!
At the wee hours of last Sunday morning I appeared on The Brian and Sherri Show. I enjoyed talking to my hosts about Across Spacetime, how I’ve became a writer and my book signing at the Folkestone Comic Con next 7th May.
If you’ve missed it, here's the link to the Facebook episode. I'm in from 17.43.
Or you can listen to the podcast.
What part did you enjoy the most?
Me, when I was asked to keep them updated on my future publications and invited me back on the show!