So, my name’s Trudi Topham, and this is my website. Yes, I’ve gone through websites like Zas Zsa Gabor has husbands, but I promise that I’ll nurture this one and help it grow.
Who am I and what do I do? Well, I’m a writer from the UK. You know, a person who gets paid to write words. I know the internet is filled with “writers”, so I thought it a fair distinction to make. Don’t get upset by that, though. I’m prostituting my brain and fingers for cold, hard cash, and I don’t get to sit around at home all day hammering out great novels. Boo, hiss!
I’m the editor of Pantechnicon, which I co-created back in 2006 with Andy Frankham, who has since gone on sabbatical. I also co-edit Hub Magazine with Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart. You can find links to both over there on the right.
Like most writers, I’m working on a novel. Actually I’m working on two novels, a screenplay, a few short stories, and a roleplaying game. I have no spare time.
To show my complete and utter dedication to this bloggy thing, here are some random questions I found on the internet that I chose to answer:
Favourite type of food?
Well call me a traditionalist but I’m keen on edible food. The mouldy stuff just doesn’t do it for me, and things with poisons in them just bring me out in death.
Do you want children?
I don’t do well with tours. I like to have a flight booked, a hotel at the ready, and a guide book in my bag. Sometimes I’ll go so far as to have an idea of particular shops that I want to go to, but that’s only if I’m going to an area where things are unavailable elsewhere – Japan’s a good example of this.
The trouble with a tour is if you don’t get along with anyone on it, be it the guide or another holidaymaker, that’s your whole holiday down the spout. So I much prefer going with my fiancee and finding our own fun.
Winter. Well, Winter in countries that still bother having snow.
Just my ears, and I intend to keep it that way.
No. I’m not getting into this one. There are thousands of great films, hundreds of which I love. How can I possibly narrow every film ever made down to one single “greatest”? Nonsense.
Here, some randomly selected films that I happen to like: 300, Batman Begins, R-Point, Grosse Pointe Blank, Serenity, The Curse of the Golden Flower, Hard Boiled, Kikujiro, My Neighbour Totoro, Meet Joe Black, Terminator 2, Hot Fuzz, Love Actually. Don’t cry that your favourite film isn’t in this list, because most of mine aren’t either.
Water. It quenches thirst, doesn’t leave a nasty after-taste, isn’t full of carcinogens, and does good things for your body.
Have you ever loved someone?
Yes. And I still do, and I know that I always will.
Have you ever fired a gun?
No. I’ve fired airsoft guns, but I don’t think it would be wise to ever get my hands on a real one.
Do you like to travel by plane?
Yes, particularly if I can sit at the back. When the tail drops to just above ground-level on takeoff, that’s the best thing EVER!
On the down side, I don’t sleep well on aircraft because I’m cheap and don’t pay for decent seats yet am six feet tall. Thus while I like travelling by plane, eight- to twelve-hour flights can be draining.
Right-handed or left-handed?
Mostly right. I do some things left-handed, such as eat, and I used to play tennis left-handed, but I am by no means fully ambidextrous.
If you could go to any place right now where would you go?
My car. I fancy a nice drive, possibly up to Scotland. Alas those damnable speed cameras may hamper my fun.
Do you still watch cartoons on Saturday mornings?
If I wake up early enough and can be bothered with the terrible presenters they like to wrap around the good cartoons.
Three things you can’t live without?
This is a little easier than favourite films, but we’re still never going to get a comprehensive list: Integral – Pet Shop Boys; Major Earth, Minor Sky – A-ha; Who’s Gone – Yello; Desert Rose – Sting; Forever may not be long enough – Live; Karma Slave – Splashdown; Like Lovers (Holding On) – Texas; Friday – Daniel Bedingfield; Sunrise – The Divine Comedy.
What is your dad’s middle name?
My dad’s middle name was Septimus. He was the seventh son of a seventh son, so his parents deemed it appropriate. Any Warlocky tendencies were hidden from me, other than his horn-like eyebrows. Very suspicious.
First thing you’ll save in a fire?
My own arse!
What is your favourite colour?
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A writer. Considering it was such an early goal, it took me quite a long time to get here.
What do you usually do when the alarm turns on?
Pretend that it didn’t.
What colour is your bedsheet?
It changes, because now and then the bedclothes go in the wash and are replaced with other ones. I wonder if whoever wrote this quizlet washes their sheets. Or perhaps they have three sets of identical bedding.
One set is red, one is purple, and one is brown.
What do you think about before you go to bed?
An awful lot of things. Sleepy-time is when my brain wakes up. Naturally this makes for bad sleeping. Invariably, however, I end up thinking about my fiancée and smiling myself to sleep.