|19/08/1978||Born, somewhere in the region of the Midlands.|
|October 1984||Moved from Hinckley to Aylesbury, just in time to watch "The Five Doctors".|
|May 1985||First computer bought (an Amstrad CPC464).|
|September 1986||Started at Bedgrove School. Bullied remorselessly.|
|June 1987||First known date of me acting
I certainly start appearing in the Christmas and end-of-year school plays a lot from this time on.
|Sometime in 1988||Parents divorced, father moved to Germany.|
|Summer 1990||Moved from Aylesbury to Skipton.|
|September 1990||Started at Aireville School, intent on a fresh start, only to face more bullying.|
|September 1991||Transferred to Ermysted's Grammar School
Over the next few years, the bullying gradually stops.
|Spring 1993||Started Saturday job at local model shop.|
|Summer 1993||The family acquire an IBM PC.|
|Spring 1995||First discovered the location of Skipton Little Theatre, and joined the Skipton Players.|
|May 1995||I got my first big part, as Andy in "Getting On" by Alan Bennett.|
|Summer 1997||Finished school, work, and (temporarily) involvement with SLT, to go to university in Edinburgh.|
|October 1997||Queen Margaret University College's term noticeably started, along with the fencing club.|
|November 1998||While I'm not looking, the family moved to Scarborough.|
|December 1998||I bought a motorbike and rode it home for Christmas
I first acquired the nickname "Dangerous".
|January 1999||In the aftermath of a small accident on the way back to Edinburgh, I got thrown out of university for the first time.|
|19/08/1999||Despite inviting everybody I knew to my 21stbirthday party, the only one to turn up was my sister.|
|October 1999||Started 2nd year of university again
Encounter Ian. Scripts became the new focus.
|May 2000||Thrown out of university for second time, as scripts were now taking up too much time.
Started job in pub.
|August 2000||Fired from pub job due to "overstaffing".|
|October 2000||Started working towards my fencing qualifications.|
|February 2001||Lack of money forced me from Edinburgh with my fencing qualifications unfinished.|
|March 2001||Visited father in Germany, mainly to help finish his garden and earn some money.|
|May 2001||Completed my fencing qualifications.|
|December 2001||Started work as a temp at Bradford and Bingley.|
|February 2002||Circumstances allowed me to rejoin the Skipton Players.|
|May 2002||I played a major part and choreographed the sword-fight in "Maskerade", a Discworld play.|
|July 2002||Spend a day as an Extra, making "Calendar Girls"
Commissioned to write a pantomime for Skipton Players' next season.
The two events are not connected.
|August 2002||I met my first long-term girlfriend.|
|October 2002||I moved into my first rented flat.|
|December 2002||My relationship broke up, I finished performing the biggest part in a play I've had so far, and I got fired, all within the space of five days.|
|May 2003||My first full-length play was inspired by a dream, and I managed to secure a performance slot for it at Skipton Little Theatre.|
|July 2003||I finally got a piece of paper proving I can use a computer, like I've been saying for the past 15 years.|
|August 2003||Ian and I took the decision to perform our material at next year's Edinburgh festival.
Other than that, I turned 25 with ignominy.
|October 2003||Back on stage as rehearsals for "Haunted" by Eric Chappell start.
Also back in work, at Craven District Council.
|December 2003||"Haunted" got rave reviews, as did the Theatre's Christmas fund-raiser, for which I wrote a piece.|
|01/01/2004||New Year's Resolutions:
|10/01/2004||I made a huge mistake when I travelled down to London for a party.|
|February 2004||The second annual Goon Show Tribute night raised £76.05 for Amnesty International.
This amount beat last year's by £6.05.
|March 2004||Finally fail to raise sponsorship for the Edinburgh show.|
|15/07/04||Appointed Webmaster for Skipton Players.|
|August 2004||In what was the best weekend of my life so far, I volunteered to be a Feegle, and won 1st Prize in Class and Best In Show at the Discworld Convention 2004 Maskerade.|
|September 2004||Out of work again.|
|December 2004||Back in work, but that doesn't stop me applying for jobs in theatres.
I suspect my CV never actually gets read - I have ten years experience, and most jobs only require two, so I should at least have been getting interviews.
|February 2005||Resigned from SLT Committee in protest at internal inconsistencies and being taken for granted.|
|June 2005||I got to play a lead role at last - Jack Worthing in "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde.|
|July 2005||I went camping for the first time in 20 years at the ClareCraft DiscWorld Event 2005.|
|August 2005||I moved down to London to facilitate getting a job in a theatre.|
|Octboer 2005||I began my GURPS Transfer Project, so I can play a decent RPG without having to cheat.|
|November 2005||I entered NaNoWriMo for the first time, and won!|
|Christmas 2005||Spent my Christmas holidays completely redesigning this website.|
|22/01/2006||I started the BeerMonster Webcomic.|
|August 2006||Went to the Discworld Convention 2006 over my birthday weekend.
Disctictly not the best weekend of my life.
|22/09/06||Stepped down as Skipton Players' Webmaster.|
|31/10/06||Completed the GURPS Transfer Project, just in time for...|
|November 2006||NaNoWriMo 2006.
In which I used the GURPS system to determine the action of my novel.
|08/01/07||An amazing sense of deja vu.|
|February 2007||I get a sense of a new start after an encounter at Redemption '07.|
|May 2007||The possibility of a new start gets completely washed down the drain.|
|22/06/07||After two years with no pay rise, and being paid less than the Living Wage, I quit my job and look for something else.|
|August 2007||I ASM for my first professional production - "Woodcut" by Gary Brashier at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington.|
|01/10/07||I start some Web programming courses with the Open University.|
|November 2007||NaNoWriMo 2007.
A direct sequel to last year's using the same methods.
|07/12/07||I publish my first book through lulu.com.|
|13/02/08||Sign off in disgust at the incompetence of the local jobcentre.|
|Easter 2008||Best Con ever!|
|04/04/08||My second book gets published.|
|27/04/08||Lack of money and inability to get a job force me to move back to Yorkshire.|
|24/06/08||Back on the stage at SLT with "Busybody".|
|August 2008||Went to DWCon08.
Met a very lovely young Irish woman who became my girlfriend.
|September 2008||Began helping to organise the first Irish DiscWorld Convention as the Programme Head.|
|November 2008||NaNoWriMo 2008.
Another installment to the Have Sword & Sorcery: Will Travel series.
|February 2009||Went to Ireland for the first time.
Went to Redemption on a Zombie.
The two events are not entirely unconnected.
|27/03/09||Officially diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.|
|November 2009||HS&S:WT - The Original Trilogy is released.
IDWCon09 occurs. Previously mentioned young Irish woman dumps me.
|Easter 2010||Zombie techie at Eastercon 2010 - Oddyssey. Depression follows|
|20/05/10||Play the lead in "Solo's Journey" at the Alhambra Studio Theatre, Bradford.|
|August 2010||Went to DWCon 2010 and sold books.|
|05/10/10||Started a theatre course at Mind the Gap.|
|November 2010||NaNoWriMo 2010.
The fifth installment of the Have Sword & Sorcery: Will Travel series is written.
|February 2011||Redemtion 2011.|
|July 2011||End of year showcase at MTG. Promoted to Acting Company for next year.|
|03/10/11||Started with the Acting Company at MTG.|
|15/10/11||First professional acting job doing some reading at the Morley Literary Festival (something totally unconnected to MTG).|
|14/12/11||Pass my driving test at the second attempt.|
|December 2011||After over two years on appeal, and six months after I finally won, the DWP start paying me ESA again.|
|19/12/11||I turn a third of a century old.|
|19/01/12||Re-founded King Cobra Theatre to take a show to the Edinburgh Festival.|
|February 2012||JobCentre and DWP start fucking me around again. This, combined with the unhelpful attitude of MTG mean Edinburgh is off the cards again.|
|Easter 2012||EasterCon 2012, and the distribution of We Come in Peace, Shoot to Kill.|
|May 2012||Stiffed on involvement with major MTG projects after voicing my opinion of how poor their ideas are.
An understanding is reached in that I will come back next term if given a fair audition for the next touring production.
|August 2012||Went to DWCon 2012 and sold books again.|
|Autumn 2012||My treatment at the hands of MTG starts bringing on Depression.|
|December 2012||Oncoming Depression is made worse by events in my personal life.
The Depression is slightly mitigated by appearing in Breezblock Park at SLT.
|Spring 2013||Fired from MTG after complaining that a guest director was treating us like imbeciles.|
|August 2013||King Cobra Theatre takes a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.|
|19/08/13||I turn 35. I invited lots of people to the party, but only two turned up.|
|October 2013||Began fundraising on Indiegogo to take a second production to the Edinburgh Festival with King Cobra Theatre.|
|December 2013||Two small parts in Sherlock Holmes' Christmas Casebook at SLT.|
|August 2014||Took Henry V: Here & Now to the Edinburgh Festival. It was at this point that my life got completely fucked up.|
|September 2014||Started volunteering at People First Keighley & Craven.|
|November 2014||NaNoWriMo 2014 - Started writing the final trilogy of the Have Sword & Sorcery: Will Travel series.|
|February 2015||Redemption 2015, the last in Coventry.|
|18/04/15||Moved into my own flat.|
|August 2015||Discworld camping meet 2015. Felt good for the first time in ages.|
|November 2015||NaNoWriMo 2015 - Wrote Book VIII of my fantasy series.|
|December 2015||Met my sister for the first time since Edinburgh.|
|April 2016||Re-vamped and re-published the HS&S:WT series for ebooks on lulu.com|
|June 2016||The country votes Leave by a 4% margin in the EU Referendum, heralding the beginning of the end.|