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Why is this year so busy?

I’m not complaining but this is my busiest year ever for pupils. Are all you other tutors out there experiencing the same thing, I wonder? I’ve even had to turn work down and have a waiting list. There doesn’t appear to be a pattern as I still have quite a wide variety of ages, subjects and levels. This variety is what makes tutoring so enjoyable for me. I am constantly preparing different work, not having to rehash the same old stuff time after time.

Also this year I’m pleased to say that there has been more variety in the schools’ choice of literary texts. Although we can’t seem to get away from Of Mice and Men, there have been some new names – Blood Brothers, Silas Marner, and The Crucible. With Shakespeare too, there’s been Much Ado about Nothing and The Merchant of Venice as well as the usual Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.¬†

Of course, I’ve also had to find time to co-author volume 2 of our fantasy series which I am now revising and last but not least be a councillor for Loddon ward. Some of this will ease in May as I have decided not to re-stand for Council in May when my term of 4 years finishes. This will allow me to concentrate on teaching and writing.


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Publication is looming!

We are planning to go the Kindle/Amazon route and we now have an amazing cover produced by my co-author’s sister-in-law. As this book is only the first part of a trilogy (at least!) we wanted a cover that could ¬†present a theme relevant to the future novels. More will be revealed in due course!

I have been busy polishing our synopsis/publicity blurb and a character list. As is the case with most fantasy novels there is a fairly extensive number of characters and I think it’s helpful for readers to be able to check back – particularly with unfamiliar names.

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A new job title!!

Can I soon put author (or more strictly speaking co-author) on my CV?

Recently I have been collaborating on the first part of a fantasy style trilogy. The author advertised online for someone to work with him and chose me from the people who responded. The bulk of the first part was already complete and my main job has been to improve the characterisation. I should be contributing more when we soon start Part 2.

It’s been really enjoyable to contribute and I hope people will enjoy reading it. The title will be Vispadjinn and our author name is Sherwood Smith. I will blog more details once we have published online so you can all rush to purchase it!!

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