I think the last post here I titled, “The Most Infrequent Blogger.” Well, I´ve certainly kept my promise on that one. With Tumbling in Bethnal Green now a fond memory, it´s time to start talking about Puffin Boy. I can´t believe it was a couple of years ago that I wrote in the last blog, “when I started writing Puffin Boy, the new novel’s title (for now at least), it appeared to have “legs.” It’s at about 27000 words at present so it’s more of a novella than a novel.”
As I mentioned in that last blog, I had begun a number of short stories after TBG and Puffin Boy emerged out of an idea for a short story. I was, and still am, conscious that it´s a story about teaching and learning. As a teacher, I have to promote the wonders of education and curiosity and, hopefully, these are present in the novel.
In the last blog I said Puffin Boy was at 27000 words. Well, during revision, that went up to the mid 30.000s. And what is surprising, looking back at the date I posted the last blog, is the time it has taken to get to this point. And this point is that yesterday I sent the final edit to the publisher, with the usual trepidation that I could make more changes to improve it. But there has to be a cut-off point and I think I´ve reached it.
And so, here I am back on my website that I have not seen for over a year! Others have though, and I was especially surprised when a student mentiioned it on a final activity recorded for a final examination!! So, clearly, someone takes a look at it!!
The process of getting a novel published is arduous. The manuscript was with the publisher for a good deal of this time. I sent it last March, and while I was waiting for it, I had an idea for another novel. And so, during the summer holidays, all the way up until Christmas, I knocked out another novel while I waited for the proofs of Puffin Boy. While Puffin Boy is more a of a novella, Lazari, the working name for this new novel, is over 70,000 words. But, one thing at a time.
Once Puffin Boy is published, I will use this site to comment on it. The idea of promoting it is very unappealing, but at the end of the day I would like people to read it, and as I previosuly said, I think teachers might be particulary interested.
If you want to drop me a line, please do.
Recent reads – (personal) Middle England, J. Coe, Fear, S. Zweig
(for teaching) Noughts & Crosses, M. Blackman, Hate U Give, A Thomas