page 79 of the Sunday Express today). It's the travel feature about the Peak District that I wrote about in the original 'Peaks and Troughs' post on this blog. It's a good feeling - feels like I'm getting somewhere. More importantly it part answers the question that this blog was set up to answer and that is, if only for a few days, I can write for a living. There certainly needs to be many more commissions for it to be a viable proposition though. Two of those a week could keep me pretty well.
The story behind it is that I met Duncan Craig, the Express Deputy Travel Editor a couple of years back when we were both invited to go up in the Stella airship. Duncan, being a proper journalist and someone who was in a position to give them a plug, had a perfect right to be there. Not sure why the PRs had thought I should be: I was a Deputy Picture Editor. So, bit of a blag really. Anyway, we got on, swapped business cards and when I decided to see if I could write, I mailed him asking for ten minutes of his time. Surprisingly, given how busy he is, he said yes. After some good advice, I added him to the mailing list for the blog and I think it might have worked as a regular reminder to his inbox that I was still here waiting for an opportunity, which he eventually gave me. The other major factor in getting a full page in the Express was attending Peter Carty's Travel Writing Workshop. Now, enough with the laptop. Sunny English days like this are rare, so I'm off out.