There is one bit of news for you on the 40Fifty front. I have now completed the first draft of my novel The Beige Beetle, which has been e-mailed to five friends for objective review (as opposed to preaf rood). An attempt at fiction has been—and is—a new experience (albeit one that has lasted a decade!), so receiving honest feedback is really important to me.
What happens afterwards will depend on the views of others, but the act of finishing the book will soon allow me to tick off a fourteenth task. And on the left is the intended cover....
Yesterday afternoon, I had a call from a reporter at our local paper, the Evening Gazette, offering to include a short story about my charity challenge in an upcoming issue. We chatted for about ten minutes and hopefully a positive article will follow sometime soon.
Getting media coverage to try and raise the profile of what I’m doing was never going to be easy; after all, irrespective of any charitable cause, I’m barely a household name in my own home, let alone.... That said, I’ve done three radio interviews, two live and one pre-record, and been given one excellent newspaper feature (it was excellent because I wrote it myself!!), all of which is fantastic.
As well as those who have been kind enough to allow me to tell my story, I have been amazed at the help I have been given, occasionally by friends, but predominantly by strangers who received random e-mails from me, but were still prepared to give up their time to enable me to progress further through my series of challenges.
Two months ago, I received the news that my job was being disestablished at the end of the year, and clearly the need to find work and support my family has to be my priority. But with this setback has come an even stronger determination to fulfil my challenge, and maybe prove a few things to myself in the process.
So, to everyone who has helped and supported me thus far, I am more grateful than you could ever know, but if I may, I would like to close with a special thank you to this young lady, Alex Danson, one of the country’s finest sportswomen, who posted the following message on Twitter after our brief meeting last Saturday, a message that was both incredibly kind and genuinely humbling.
I’m having a couple of days off this weekend, but hopefully there’ll be more updates very soon. Thanks again!