Some new beginnings

Having not updated my little website for quite a while, I thought I would write a short post for anyone who might be vaguely interested in my comings and goings. The last year has been quite a weird one for me, with its fair shares of ups and downs. Last September, I left Berlin, my home of seven months, to move to Amsterdam. There I accepted a job that I have enjoyed a fair bit, not least because of the very pleasant view from the office window…

amsterdamAs anyone who has ever been will tell you, Amsterdam is a beautiful city filled with wonderful people. I have enjoyed exploring the labyrinth of canals and side streets, sampling the rich culture and dipping my toe into the vibrant nightlife. The Dutch are some of the most welcoming, kind and polite people I have ever met. Having failed to master their tricky language (despite many lessons), I have been a rather pigheaded Brit abroad, relying on their notoriously impeccable English skills to get by. Thankfully, they don’t seem to mind too much.

But after almost eleven months, I’ve decided to return to the UK. Though I have a sort of love/hate relationship with the place, it is nevertheless my home, and I’m looking forward to going back. This weekend, I’m moving to Brighton and Hove where I’ll start a job working with kids. It’s pretty different to what I’ve been doing in Amsterdam, and no doubt it will be a lot of hard work, but I’m excited nonetheless. I’m also incredibly excited to be living by the sea, and Brighton is a place I’ve loved since my first fleeting visit earlier this year. Essentially, having lived in Europe for almost a year and a half, now feels like the right time to come home.

I am currently working on a new book, which will be my fourth. I started it last September, but due to various reasons, its progress has been delayed again and again. At the time of writing, I’m about three quarters of the way through the first draft, but it’s turning out to be rather longer than I expected. A fair bit of editing will be needed to trim it down, so I don’t know when it will be ready for public consumption. Right now, I’m trying to learn not to put too much pressure on myself, but I would like to have it all finished by the end of the year at the latest. Hopefully Brighton will prove to be a nice place to write, and perhaps I will be more productive there once I’m settled down.

I will aim to update my website with a little more regularity than the past year and hopefully I will have some updates soon. If for whatever reason that interests you, do check back. In the meantime, buy one of my books. It might distract you from the almost intolerable pain of existing.