It's been a joyous few days on the writing parenting front.
What's he talking about now? Well, it's the strange way I think of myself when working with aspiring authors.
I love teaching writing just for the simple delight of sharing the passion with fellow travellers. But a particular high comes from seeing some actually get published. And so come news of not one debutant, but two.
First was Fay's War, by Rosalie Simons, a lovely historical story with a futuristic twist - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fays-War-NUMBER-1-BOOK-ebook/dp/B00VXCYBZE
And then I receive a heart-warming thank you from fellow crime writer, CJ Browne, for my help in getting Revenge Ritual published - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B014HJ2PLQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B014HJ2PLQ&linkCode=as2&tag=cjbrownecrime-21
Writing parenting brings a wonderful high, and I can proudly report I've now lost count of the number of fellow authors I've helped on the way.
While I'm on the subject of fatherhood, and pride, I must mention this very special lady -
This is Niamh teaching Dad how to take a selfie. And here I think I owe a very big thank you to her.
I've always loved writing, but I think one beautiful life experience helped convince me to give writing a novel a try; it was reading Harry Potter to Niamh when she was very young.
She used to make me put on the character voices (badly), and it was almost impossible to get her to sleep, as she asked for "just another page" time and again.
I'm sure those precious moments helped me understand how wonderful books could be and encouraged me towards my own writing career.
Lucky old me, in so many ways.
Finally, one last thought for this blog -
I sometimes get asked a very good and potentially tough question by the authors I've helped - Will you mind if I turn out to be more successful than you?
Happily, the answer is a resounding no. I'm soft enough just to find joy in the achievements of others, particularly if I know I've played some small part in them.
(Mind you, at that point they generally haven't received the invoice for 10% of all their royalties yet!)