No one ever remembers the second time that they did something surely? Well that is a matter for debate and not one that concerns me right now. It seems that I, like quite a lot of the UK, spent a good part of Christmas ill in bed. A contradiction - good part and being ill. Well for me it was a change of pace having worked a ridiculous number of hours each and every day all year the sudden disability meant I had time to reflect.
In my case thinking time is extremely dangerous. When I was 14 I had more time than any 14 year old should have to think and came up with some rather weird and wonderful ideas that lasted for about a decade. Now times have changed, in fact my teenage years are so alien to modern teenagers they would think my from a completely different generation. Which calls me to mention one of my writing projects for this year. This year I am finally sitting down and getting on with some children's books. I have been playing with the ideas for many years and feel that now is the right time for me to put pen to paper.
I see most of my friends with their own families now, some expecting their second child, some already have two or more! I marvel at how insular their family units are and ponder if that could ever be me. That in turn makes me think should I write stories for children at all, perhaps I am too out of touch, maybe my ideas too old fashioned or too radical. Then I realise or hope perhaps that it doesn't matter. What is important is that I tell the story and then once digested the reader will decide whether it matters to them or not - no matter the age.
Of course genre and audiences are pivotal and one has to remember that when regurgitating ones masterpiece to a four year old. Now is the best time for me to craft these stories starting with 'The Master Plan' a tale of fiendish monsters planning to take over the world but as always there will be many a twist and turn.
Whilst I know I shall enjoy writing for a young audience I cannot forget that I still have scripts to write and other tales to tell and sometimes it is difficult to know what audience you should write for. I have the desperate desire to create a graphic novel, to finish another novel, to complete a few more scripts but how many of these projects can I hope to achieve? That of course will be revealed as the year progresses but as I work on finishing a few projects from last year I know that life is all about change no matter how static it often seems. What I enjoyed as a child I still have a fond affection for but the meaning for me has changed. Not because the words have been edited but because I have grown up.