walking on custard

What Am I Doing?!

25 Jan 2018



Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

I rarely talk about my actual life on this site. So today, an update.

In short, it’s fine.

But, in long, there are two big projects to update you on:

Another Book – And This One’s a Novel

I wrote another book!

This one is an adventure set in the pre-life (a world like the afterlife, but before we’re born), all about the magical shop where humans choose what kind of person to be when they get born down on Earth.

Readers of Walking on Custard will recognise The Shop Before Life from the very brief short story… but it turns out there’s a whole world around the Shop to explore, full of mysteries to discover, and questions about life & death, and who we are, and who we become.

So far, the feedback has been absolutely lovely.

(If I may permit some mild showing off, one early reader said “I want to make fan art of it. it’s in my heart now.” – how gorgeous is that?!)

Im very excited for you all to read it, so stay tuned for more soon!

I’m Also Still Speaking

Of course, I literally speak with my mouth pretty much every day, but what I mean is that I’m still giving talks at interesting places.

For a while I’ve been meaning to share some pictures from a fun talk I gave at the EBRD HQ in London. It was a great day, with a delightful audience and some fantastic conversation around anxiety and managing our emotions.

As usual, every photo had me pulling a silly face, unnatural gesture, or often, both:


And I’ve really enjoyed giving talks in schools, too – with many more to come in 2018.

If you would like someone to speak with humour about anxiety, mental health and happiness at your school, business, university, conference, etc, then please get in touch!

That’s The Main Bits

I am also toying with whatever the next big project will be now that The Shop Before Life is approaching the final stages.

But that will have to wait for another day.

Whatever you’re up to, do feel free to say hello – and I hope your life is going well too 🙂

Neil Hughes

Neil Hughes is the author of Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life, a comical and useful guide to life with anxiety, and The Shop Before Life, a tale about a magical shop which sells human personality traits.

Along with writing more books, he spends his time on standup comedy, speaking about mental health, computer programming, public speaking and everything from music to video games to languages. He struggles to answer the question "so, what do you do?" and is worried that the honest answer is probably "procrastinate."

He would like it if you said hello.

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