Four Years On …

December 2nd, 2010 • Posted in Random Stuff |

Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of me being a full-time writer.  On anniversaries I always think back to that last day in work … my  best day in work, of course, collecting good wishes, cards, and bottles of booze from my friends and colleagues, and then leaving the building behind for the very last time.  That was a good feeling.

Ahead of me that day was a huge unknown, but I loved the challenge.  And how could I be afraid?  This was what I’d wanted for many years.

And now … it’s all going great.  This past year has been the best yet, with two great book deals in the UK at last (with Corsair and Orbit), dipping my toes into comics (more on that soon), working on TV proposals, and continuing to collaborate with some of my great friends on novels, screenplays, TV series proposals, and short stories.

The Secret Journeys of Jack London, written with Chris Golden, sold to Fox 2000, and we’re still working on the screenplay for Book One: The Wild.  That series is also selling well overseas, and we’re launching into Book 3 soon.  The collaborative relationship with Chris really hit its full speed in the summer when we holidayed with his  family on Cape Cod, and … well, we have lots more ideas.

The Wild hits the shelves in the USA this March.  It’s going to look beautiful

It’s all good, and I know how lucky I am.  And I often think about my dear Mum, who died six months before I quit work, and what she’d have thought of all this.  She was a great supporter of what I did, read almost everything, and was my most honest critic.  When I told my Dad what I was doing the first thing he said was, “Your mum would have been chuffed.”  And that’s good enough for me.

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15 comments on “Four Years On …”

  1. robert says:

    Congrats, Tim, on these past four years. Here’s hoping for many many more!

  2. Lee H says:

    It’s always tempting to write something witty in posts such as these, but you’ve met me, and would immediately know it must have been someone else that wrote it for me.

    Suffice to say – congrats, Tim! May you continue to write, and continue to be easy to draw. 🙂

  3. Simon Marshall-Jones says:

    Congrats indeed, Tim!! I’ve worked for myself before, a great feeling, but it’s even better when the whole thing comes together so successfully, as it so clearly has in your case – and long may it continue for you…. onwartds and upwards!!

  4. Steve Volk says:

    Thanks for continuing to give me faith, Tim. Many years and many collaborations ahead, I hope, buddy.

  5. Mark says:

    Congratulations, Tim, long may it continue!

  6. Little Willow says:

    Happy anniversary!

    Good thoughts for your family. I’m sure she would be so proud.

  7. Gary Mc says:

    You’re an inspiration to me, mate – more power to ya!

  8. Paul Meloy says:

    Congratulations, Tim. No one works harder. Keep at it.

  9. Scott Nicholson says:

    I remember when you were mulling that tightrope walk, Tim. But you never looked back. This stuff is real. Awesome!

    Scott Nicholson

  10. Jeff Coffield says:

    Four superb years not to mention your achievements prior to your venture into fulltime writing.

  11. Christopher Golden says:

    Hey, amigo. I didn’t see this till just now and wanted to say Happy Anniversary. I feel fortunate that you’ve foolishly chosen to spend a portion of those years working with me. And much more to come (you poor sod). 🙂

  12. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks everyone.

    Hey Chris …. *much* more!

  13. Matt Cardin says:

    Want to know something weird? Just yesterday, in total unawareness (at least consciously) that you had just reached this four-year milestone, I found myself randomly recalling what you said a year or two or three ago about how thoroughly fortunate you feel to have a work-day commute that’s no farther away than your desk, and to be able to spend your days doing what you love most. Clairvoyant? Me?

    Happy anniversary, Tim, and congratulations on all the brewing projects.

  14. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks Matt! That commute is past two growing kids and a mad dog, but it’s still a good one.

  15. Lee Thompson says:

    Congrats on your anniversary and all the success, Tim! Well deserved!

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