Some things you do just for the hell of it…
Yes, sorry, I’ve been quiet on this blog for way too long.
But there’s a reason.
In the evenings, when it’s dark, I write. But I don’t write copy or web content. I write fiction.
It’s my dark secret. I have a few books lined up, in various stages of drafts, and am working to get them all finished, polished and then pitched to agents. I’m ambitious and imaginative, and there’s a lot to get done.
Most recently, I finished my first, and probably only, foray into fan fiction. I know… I feel a bit dirty about it, but I had the idea and then had to see it through.
This month, September 2017, sees the 50th anniversary of Radio 1. So I decided to write a time-travelling romp into Radio 1’s history, featuring the Doctor, his Tardis and a cast of DJs (both alive and dead).
Here’s the blurb:
Objects, sounds and even rooms from the past are appearing around Radio 1 a few days before the 50th anniversary. The Doctor, Artie Maitland and Clara Amfo must work quickly to avoid a nightmare, stop the Great Intelligence and save Radio 1. Only a bunch of the greatest DJs from the past (and present) can avert a complete disaster, and it’s down to the new young blood DJ, the seasoned pro and the Timelord.
A quick explainer…
This novel is set in a parallel world where Zane Lowe has come back to Radio 1 as the controller and Artie Maitland, who Clara once looked after, is now a teenage sensation DJ. It features the 12th Doctor, sometime after he had to forget Clara, but before he met Nardole and Bill.
It also features many well-known people who are still alive. Just as John Peel once played himself in The Archers, saying lines written for him in a script, I have given the characters in this story all their words. I hope everyone featured in this tale can forgive this liberty and if anything causes offence, I’m truly sorry.
It’s as much a paean to the late, great John Peel as a rollocking time-travelling romp through Radio 1’s past with The Doctor and some out-of-place companions.
Where can you find it?
A few places. I’ve posted it online as a Google doc:
It is also on the BBC’s Mixital site for fan fiction and other creative contributions:
And also on this incredible archive of Dr Who fan fiction, A Teaspoon & An Open Mind, Whofic.com:
Are there any other places you think I should post it?
Go give it a read! If reading it online is a bit of a hassle, I’ll be happy to send you a PDF version in an email.
I hope you’ll enjoy it, or at least feel happy to have got an unusual insight into this copywriter’s mind. Do email me to let me know what you think either way.
Next up for me: finishing a creepy play for kids and editing ‘Short Stories To Scare Small People’ in time to self-publish before December.
But meanwhile, back to work!