It is perhaps telling that trying to write an ‘about me’ page tends to fill most people with dread, or leave them dribbling onto their laptop as they stare blankly at the screen, or suffering repetitive strain injuries from all the deleting and self-editing that is simply begged by the question: ‘About Me?’.
I am no different. There are certain facts I can tell you, but that is the easy part. For example: I was born in 1981 in Scarborough. My family moved to Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire when I was nine years old. I worked for ten years in a spiritually and creatively unsatisfying job throughout my twenties, never quite giving myself enough time to properly pursue my creative career, but never giving up on the idea either. I made some progress. I eventually left my job in my thirties and worked full-time to forge myself a place in the creative arts. I had fun and developed a lot in the two years I attempted to go it alone, but returned to work in the much more personally rewarding social housing sector to supplement my creative work with some actual money. I didn’t go to Uni when I was 18, but ended up studying for a mixed-discipline degree with the Open University in creative writing, philosophy, arts history and social science, for which I was awarded First Class Honours. I also write, record and play music. I am married. I have two cats. I was born with cancer which was taken out of me along with a kidney. I survived, obviously. I don’t know at what level of appropriateness to stop giving facts about myself…
So that’s some particulars. But then, I can try and tell you the subjective stuff; how it feels to be trying to achieve my ambitions to work and be rewarded for creative endeavour. How important to me that is. How scared it makes me sometimes, but how elated I am when something goes right. How I think it’s the only way I can be. But then I sound pretentious, and my finger heads for the delete button. But this time I don’t press it.
Other than that, this blog is cram-packed with bits of me. From essays to poetry, to politics and even cartoon cats – there’s a bit of me in every page. So I guess, if you want to find out more (and I’m so grateful if you do) please read on. And please, tell me about you and what you do, and who you are. Contact, comment, connect. I want to know.
I last updated this page on the 22nd October 2016 while gearing up for the release of my second book ‘The Great Connection: Worlds in Waiting’. You can find all the details for that by clicking on the rather lovely image in the sidebar. You can also find details of my first book ‘The Dimension Scales and Other Stories’ in the same place!
I am now working on my third book ‘Transported’ to be released in 2017. I’m going to need a bigger sidebar…