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  • GlenDeakin
    5 years agoReply
    Hi. Your story sounded a little bit like mine - an ordinary person being thrown into an extraordinary situation - so I decided to check it out. I'm glad I did - I like it a lot! I love how you've managed to get across a real sense of what Kylie is like within just a few paragraphs. And I'm intrigued to see what happens next. I hope there's more to come :)
    The Anomaly That Sent Me 20 Years Into The Future
    The Anomaly That...
    Kylie is an average Australian girl living in 2028. She thinks she’s going to her private island with her best friend. But she couldn’t be more wrong. She gets hit by the biggest wave known by man and...
  • GlenDeakin
    5 years agoReply
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    I'm thrilled that my story won the Unexpected Adventure competition - it's like having a real-life unexpected adventure of my own! I'd love to know what people think of the story, so if you read it and feel like commenting then I'd love to hear your thoughts :)
    The Far Side Of The Galaxy - Parts 1 and 2
    The Far Side Of...
    Daniel Armstrong is a teenage boy - slightly smarter than average, likes maths and science, but is otherwise just a regular kid. He likes playing online games with his mates, and is pretty good at it too. ...
  • GlenDeakin

    mumbled "The birth of the galaxy"

    5 years agoReply
    Does anyone remember fax machines?

    In another millennium, in the dark days before smartphones, facebook and twitter, the most hi-tech way to get in touch with someone was to send them a fax. It was basically a printer, wired into the telephone network, through which you could send someone a photocopy of anything that you could put onto a piece of paper. Cool, huh?

    Anyway, the office I worked in after I left university had a fax machine, and one day I was sent a message through it. Well, I assume it was for me - it was handwritten, and eIther the person sending it had TERRIBLE handwriting, or they had misheard my name, but whatever the reason, the fax appeared to be addressed to "Dan Deakin".

    My mates all thought this was cool; I now had a secret identity. Superheroes almost always hide behind alliterative names - Peter Parker, Clark Kent, Bruce Banner, Matt Murdock... So we started imagining what superpowers 'Dan Deakin' might have. It also made me think of Dan Dare, the pilot of the future from Eagle comic. The phrase "Dan Deakin: Space Adventurer" wormed its way into my head and refused to let go.

    Fast-forward ten years and I was about to became a dad. My wife and I were working out what names we liked. Neither of us could come up with something the other liked for a girl. But for a boy, the first and only option I thought of was Daniel.

    Dan Deakin.

    (Space Adventurer).

    Luckily, my wife also liked the name. Even more fortunately, our baby was a boy - and so Dan Deakin he became.

    And yet, even though Dan Deakin was now a real person, I couldn't hear or say his name without appending "Space Adventurer" to it in my head. Try it:

    "Dan Deakin:...."


    In the end I decided that I wanted to hear the story of "Dan Deakin: Space Adenturer". And I hoped that "Dan Deakin: My Son" might like the idea of sharing his name with an intergalactic hero. So I set out to write a space adventure for the fictional Dan Deakin to go on.

    After a while it felt a bit weird to be writing about this other Deakin family - especially when unpleasant things started happening to them - so their family name got changed to Armstrong (after the real-life space adventurer). And the story of how Daniel Armstrong came to be a space adventurer in the first place ended up taking over the first half of "The Far Side of the Galaxy" - this part fo the adventure was as unexpected to me as it was to Daniel!

    I read an article about over Christmas, and thought this would be a good place to get some feedback on the story so far. Daniel - the real one - is only three-and-a-half, so I have a few years to get it just right so that, hopefully, he'll get a kick out of it when he's old enough to read it. I was delighted that it won the Unexpected Adventure competition. It's fantastic to think people have enjoyed the story, and it's great motivation to keep writing. I'd still love to hear what you think of it though - good and bad - so please do comment on it. You could even fax me your thoughts - it might be just the inspiration I need for another story...
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