Friday, August 29, 2008

8820 minutes and counting ...

I have just heard from my editor that my book arrives in the warehouse from the printers a week today. In just seven days I will actually be able to hold a copy in my hands and say ... 'Damn it! I missed that typo on page 6!'

Ah but I jest! It's just too exciting for words. It's the final icing on a cake that's been many years in the making and baking.

To all you budding writers out there ... Never ever give up. No matter how long it takes, it's all worth it when you see your work finally published. Even the money pales into insignificance beside it.

These seven days are going to crawl by. I just know it.

29 comments:

willow said...

Happy, happy day! This is wonderful and exciting news. Make sure you give us a play by play on the statis!!! :D

Stevyn Colgan said...

Just try to stop me Willow!

Rob said...

Oh my, how exciting, the final countdown!

This is going to be a long week and might need just a little alcohol to ease the tension.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Cold water on standby (trying to slim off a stone or so before first interviews. Eek.)

Janet said...

Ooohhhh...this is very exciting!

We'll all try very hard to help you pass the time, all right?

Janet

Stuart Peel said...

Well done sir, hat doffed etc. Interviews ay ? Sounds scary, do you know who they'll be with ?

TonyE said...

Congratulations. I remember all the "No Beard" drawings you did on a regular basis, plus all the other drawings (this goes back 12 years). My breath is bated waiting for the release.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Janet - Thank you kindly. I shall need penty of distraction. I'm considering getting nail extensions done so that I'll have more to gnaw.

Stu - Cheers matey! I'm waiting to hear from my publicist (oo, get me!0 what's been set up. I know that The Times and Metro are interested plus a few other newspapers and magazines and some radio too. Watch this space. You'll know shortly after I do!

Tony E - Hmmm ... Thanks very much. I'm pleased that you remember Nobeard. he's long overdue a resurrection. Now all I have to fiigure out is which Tony you are ... 12 years ago you say? And why the mysteriously cloaked profile? Ooh I love a mystery ...

Tony E said...

If it helps, on the 25th August 1996 you did a drawing of a time traveller who materialized in the middle of a group of ferocious dinosaurs. For some strange reason he is carrying a broom and has a stuffed toy dinosaur called Ben.

Then there was August and Krane...

Stevyn Colgan said...

Okay ... I am officially flummoxed 'Tony E' (if that IS your real name). I know or have worked with lots of Tonys ... it's the 'E' that's got me. Gimme another clue! Where do I know you from? It's so frustrating ... just put it down to my age. Sigh.

Tony E said...

We first met in West London where we worked together. I have been to your house once though I can not remember why (I'm sure there was a good reason at the time). We also worked with the lovely Paula.

That should be more than enough clues.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Aha! That Tony! CAD Tony! How are you, you old cove!! (Still can't remember what the E was ...). Email me from my profile and we can catch up away from the glare of the Blogsphere! Be nice to hear how you are after all this time!

Oh, and sorry to the rest of you that you've had to witness my dribbling senility at first hand. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Er ... whoever you are. Where am I again?

Stevyn Colgan said...

Just a quickie to let you all know that I've just caught up with the mysterious Tony E. Yes, we did used to work together over a decade ago and have been out of touch ever since. It's great to be able to catch up after so long.

The internet can be a great thing can't it? It's not just good for finding porn. Er. Apparently.

Debby said...

Congratulations on the book. Congratulations on remembering Tony E. Congratulations on discovering new and exciting uses for the internet. Besides porn....

chris hale said...

May I add my good wishes to those you have already received. It's been a long wait for you, but well worth it and thoroughly deserved! I think you might reward yourself with a small sherry and a Bath Oliver; nothing excessive. After all, you know what happens to you when you get too over-excited...

Stevyn Colgan said...

Debby - My thanks to you as always.

Chris - You probably know more than anyone (including Tony E) how long I've been banging on at this writing lark so, yes, a self-congratulatory hurrah is in order. Oh, and don't worry about my over-excited 'problem' - I have fresh fruit to hand and the eels are chilling.

Debby said...

EELS?!!!! ACK! Dear Lord! THAT'S your self congratulatory hurrah?!!!!!! I think that I might just rather wee myself. No offense.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Debby - None taken. Each to his own. Eels are lovely pan fried in butter and garlic with thick granary toast. Yum!

Me said...

Bad Steve - you have got Debby weeing now and talking about porn...you are a net based corrupter!

Well done - I know how much you have worked for this, and how much it really means to you - very, very well done. Savour every moment...

Stevyn Colgan said...

Me - Thanks so much. I mean for the congrats, not for labelling me as a corrupter! x

Debby said...

Me: Fear not. I read the 'eels' reference and did not wee myself. However, if I had the choice between getting excited about sitting down to a plate of eels, and weeing myself, I'd choose weeing myself. While they may be good (and I am a fan of garlic and butter), I can't help but see them alive and shiny black, squirming on a plate. If I ever get over the pictures in my head, I'll let you know though. As always, no offense intended.

chris hale said...

I am olde enough to remember live eels in "wet" fish shops, and recall seeing the fishmonger chop them into bits whilst still alive (the eels that is; not the fishmonger).

What do you get if you cross a baby eel with an American singer? Why, Elvers Presley, of course.

Stevyn, lets have more eel-based humour in your blog!

Anonymous said...

Chris and Debby - Yup, you can never have enough eel jokes. Or indeed any. Oh hang on ... I've just invented one.

Policeman: Sir, a lady tells us that she overheard you saying that you flashed your private parts at a parrot.

Man: I did no such thing! She misheard me saying that I'd introduced my rooster to my pet fish. I waved my cock at eel.

Boom tish.

Debby said...

Anon: If given my druthers, I 'druther hear an eel joke than to find an eel on my plate. Heck. I'd even suffer through listening to Elvers Presley...

Stevyn Colgan said...

druthers. Now there's a word ye dinnae hear every day.

punk in writing said...

So how does it feel? Like christmas and your birthday rolled into one?

Stevyn Colgan said...

Cheers Punky! Yes, it feels just like that! And I've just been booked in for my first radio interview (I have the face for it, after all) with the BBC so now it feels like Christmas, birthday and an invite to a reallly good party all rolled into one. Glad you had a good US trip. I enjoyed mine too. x

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Congrats Stevyn, what an exciting time for you, I wish you every success with it

Stevyn Colgan said...

Thanks Sarah!