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Posted by l_smith21 on November 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Hello, 

It's been a while, I am very sorry about that but you know, life is sort of busy at the moment!
I've been working on a couple of collaborations of late, the first is for a children's series which includes myself, an artist and a producer and the second, a story about a detective agency with my writer pal, Chris Loveder, the second of which is this year's NaNoWrimo entry. 
Collaborating is a funny business, it's not something I've ever done before and it's been a real learning curve. 
I'm used to working alone, I think it's because I'm rather antisocial, like Tony Stark, I don't play well with others. However, unlike Tony Stark, my ventures into working with people didn't end with a huge alien attack on New York. 
The children's stories were particularly hard, especially when you're given a brief and you have to stick to it, trying to be creative while you're telling someone elses story was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done, it was so restrictive. I felt like I couldn't possibly add anything to the characters or come up with any canon of my own, just in case I upset the people who's stories I was putting words to. I found it to be really restrictive and it's not something that I think I can do again, or at least if I do, I'd want a bit more input into the whole, coming up with ideas thing. 
The detective collab with Chris is much easier, because we're working together. We both have full control of the story and we're writing it together with lots of communication and I think that's the way that collabs are supposed to go, with an equal amount of input.
It's certainly going much faster than the writing of the kids series did! 

So, that's where I've been lately, 
It's meant that I haven't had chance to write about all the awesome reviews I've been getting about Harley's Angels and Lucy in Love recently! I never really know how to accept praise, it feels weird but in a good way to read all these lovely things that are being said about things that I've written. So, I just wanted to make a quick note to say thank you and to ramble about the things I've been up to. Look out for Funky Jack Bonkins' Nocturnal Detective Agency coming soon. 

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