Posted on December 7, 2009 - by MG
Well it’s true. And the YouTube is doing something to my brain.
I had a chat with a really smart guy the other day, at a party, I was only a tiny bit tipsy from the rum and coke and we were kind of shouting above the music, but even so, this young graduate student, a very clever guy (yeah man, you know who you are if you’re reading this), was holding forth about Aztec Codices and books that had been written about them, and the disgrace, the understandable yet upsetting disgrace of the fact that the ancient knowledge of Mexico now mainly resides outside of Mexico.
Well, I felt the gaps in my knowledge, I did. I know a bit about Mayan stuff, not much really, but I have neglected the Aztecs. I felt I should go away right then and read about them.
But instead, I spent my free time on YouTube. You’ll be glad I did. I’ve compiled a little playlist of some of my favourite funny stuff, not too long. If you’re a keen YouTuber you’ll have seen these before.
I joined with some fellow children’s authors to compete against kids from Yrs 7&8 in the 2009 Kids Lit Quiz. The teams I was on were beaten in the London and Oxford rounds. At least the team from Wheatley Park School who beat us in Oxford went on to win the UK National finals!
I met with my agent to discuss the first 10,000 words of Quite Secret New Project but then had to change the agenda for our meeting at the last minute because a New And Possibly Ace Idea occurred to me and I didn’t want to break my concentration. It takes a lot to nurture a new idea to a certain stage.
What will I write next? Not Joshua 5 – I need to do something different in between or it’s three Joshua books in a row, which isn’t the best way for me to write. I like to refresh the palate with something different in between!
The next few weeks will be decisive.