As some of you will know, I was back down in Manchester last week for my dad’s 70th birthday celebrations. A great time was had by all and a few tears were shed. It was absolutely fantastic to have all the family together for food and drinks. My dad had a ball. Thanks to everyone who left birthday wishes on my last post. 😉
Whilst I was there I had arranged to meet a great friend of mine, and fellow writer, Col Bury. We met in a good old English pub and had a good old drunken chinwag. We chewed the fat about this and that, mostly about writing, ambitions and works in progress. We also spoke about school days, as I went to the same high school as Col and he was in the same class as my wife Lisa. May I just add that they were in the year above me and NO, Lisa isn’t the only girlfriend I’ve had. Although she is my soulmate and the first girl I ever kissed.
Anyway, I digress. It was from a mutual friend years ago that we found out that we were both into writing and decided that we should get together to discuss things. So we went to our first writing circle together, well I say circle but come to think of it, it was more of a line…no, hang on it was just a twosome and involved a snooker table and copious amounts of alcohol. No, we didn’t take each other over the snooker table. We played snooker, talked bollocks and drank.
(That’s an old photo, we both forgot camera’s but we still had the same clothes on.)
Col seemed to go from strength to strength with his writing while mine was very spasmodic and stories were half finished etc etc. The inevitable happened and kids came along, for both of us. My writing just stopped, but Col carried on with his and then through a mutual friend of Matt Hilton’s, he got to know Matt and he became co-editor of Thrillers, Killers ‘n’ Chillers, a site that a lot of you are more than aware of. He is now well into writing a crime novel but as with all of us, he is also in full time employment and doesn’t get the time at the keyboard that he wants to. He has just had a short story published at A Twist Of Noir called A Public Service and has also had a guest write over at Paul D Brazill’s excellent blog.
Please, do yourselves a favour and go and check Col’s blog out. He has some great short stories on there as well as some author interviews and a photo of himself with a lazer blue shirt on, when he quite clearly would look better in red. 🙂
Remember Col…the hand of bob. (In joke for those wondering) And also a sincere thanks for getting me back into this writing lark. Respect.
Col blogs here.