Neil Gaiman, the amazingly famous science-fiction writer of page, stage, screen and film came back to his home town of Portsmouth yesterday. Me and the girls are huge fans so we went along to see him.
I am loving the current support from my beautiful daughters. I'm not suppose to be driving and living in the sticks poses a problem. Thankfully hubby dropped us off at Cosham before putting the pedal to the metal and dashing back to London. Then we trained it to Portsmouth. The journey home was not so simple but ex Brownie and two Girl Guides made it.
My anxiety level was high over this evening, but I did it, and I am glad. I didn't seek out any fellow writers and sat between my girls. Then Dom Kippin came on stage and both girls got so excited because we knew him, it made the evening so worthwhile.
Gaiman, whose previous credits include collaborations with Terry Pratchett, the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book as well as penning episodes of Babylon 5, and most recently Doctor Who, was born and raised for most of his childhood in Portsmouth.
He now lives in the US, and is back in the UK to promote his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Portsmouth council named a street after his new book yesterday.
He was such an inspiration. It's been a rough couple of weeks and it was so soothing to hear someone speak about writing. Just listening to beat and positive advice. He admitted getting excited about writing for four different gaming companies, hours of work down the drain and never getting paid. His readings where fabulous - very clever.
And there seems to be no end to the talents of Mr Dom Kippin - he was a great interviewer. Much better than the guys on telly who only want to talk about themselves.
Unfortunately, we had to dash to get our train so we didn't get to the book signing. All three of us were babbling about different writing ideas on the way home. Fabulous.