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My name is Alexander Gordon Smith, and I'm the author of various books including The Inventors series and the brand new Furnace series.

This is my blog, and is where I talk about books, writing and, well, probably other stuff too...

First Post from the New Office!


I'm writing to you all now from my lovely new office in the heart of Norwich (which, for those of you who don't already know, is the cultural, financial and political heart of, well, the world)! It's so amazingly cool to have a proper office again – the last one, inside an amazing old shoe factory, is fast becoming an Asda as we speak. This place is great, an old hotel where Laurel and Hardy once stayed. It's full of weird-shaped rooms and strange, narrow corridors that lead all over the place. I'm pretty sure it's haunted too... Cool!

Anyway, that's my office in the photo above. It's partly mine, and partly Inkling Studios', which will be nice as it means I won't be in here by myself all the time. That's one of the best things about having an office that's separate from the home – you get to speak to real people, rather than just the cats! Essentially, though, an office isn't about having a place to go to work, it's about having a place to go home to. When I work at home, my house becomes an office – I end up spending all day working because there's no divide between work space and leisure space. Now I have vowed never to work at home, only in the office (apart from actual writing, that is, which isn't really work at all). Which is great because I can get home and really enjoy being there, rather than thinking I should be working all the time!

Awesome!

Anyway, aside from moving into the new space I've mainly been chilling. I'm still pretty frazzled from writing Furnace 5, so I'm treating myself to a break. We've been going swimming loads, which is great, and we've been to the cinema a few times too. Karate Kid was good fun, made even more so as we could identify some of the moves from our own classes (yes, it's Kung Fu he learns this time, not Karate). Although the martial arts were better in the remake, and this one had the legendary Jackie Chan, I think I still prefer the original...

We saw Inception too, which is amazing. Just one of those films which is immensely satisfying on every level. Really, really worth going to see. The soundtrack is brilliant too, as you would expect from Hans Zimmer – great writing music!

On the writing front, I have pitched the synopsis for my new series, so I should hear back from my agent about it pretty soon. Faber sound keen on the idea, so keep your fingers crossed for me! I'll let you know all about it as soon as I get some news...

Right, off to unpack some more office stuff!

Oh, I nearly forgot the most exciting news: I booked a week in Centerparcs for later this month, yay!!!

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