Catch up time

Published on Thursday 27th November 2014 by DJ Kirkby

Hello lovely readers, I think point form might work best for this update:

  • I haven’t blogged for ages because  I have been distracted by designing  two reading programmes for local schools – one fiction based and one nonfiction – and you can find out more about these on my website for children’s writing.
  • I am nearing the end of the first draft of Hoardland – book four in the Portal Series, and feeling my way through the first draft of my next novel for adults – The Rules.
  • If you have been following my 2014 reading challenge then thank you for all your support and book suggestions – I have read 68 out of my 75 book target so far and know which books I am going to read for the remaining two letters of the alphabet (which was what I struggled most with last year).
  • Taking an active part in the planning, development and production of the 2015 Patron of Reading conference has also been quite time consuming because we are a volunteer team of just four people, but the effort has been worth it and the conference is going to be fabulous! You can find out all about it and how to secure a place for yourself to attend by clicking this link.
  • Sporting related activities have balanced things out nicely. I have been training hard with my athletic club in order to get myself ready for a duathlon in March for which I am fundraising for Autism Hampshire.  Our youngest decided that running 5K at the senior parkruns was a bit much for him but he quite fancied running the 2K junior parkruns – there wasn’t a local junior parkrun so I volunteered my time as an event director in order to set up one here! It has been a year long process requiring the support of the local parkrun ambassador, but I now have funding,  the support of wonderful team of run directors, a fabulous core volunteer team, a lovely junior parkrun site, and a proposed (but still to be confirmed) start date in late January. You can find out lots more info about the free weekly junior and senior parkruns by clicking here.
  • Finally, more cake eating time is needed – please let me know if you can help me find a way to shoehorn that in!

So, enough about me – what have you been up to?

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