Well, that’s what it felt like.
This week I recorded a segment for the ‘Lit Happens’ TV show with host Wes Funk and I was as nervous as hell. Seriously; scared out of my wits. I’ve never been comfortable with publicity or being in the public eye and have always preferred to remain ‘backstage’. Someone once asked me if I wanted the limelight and I answered “no, I don’t use that stuff.”
This being said it was a kinda fun experience too, mostly because of Wes being such an amiable host and because of the cool people that I met there. First of all, Jay and Dean from Shaw Cable were awesome. They each had a camera and a light and everything was set up in a corner of Indigo Books. They were highly professional and clearly experts at what they do. Then I met a bunch of other authors; Gary Chappell (who I’d met before), James Brayshaw, Jean Freeman and Glenda Goertzen. They all seemed like a great bunch and I remarked to Wes afterward that you get to meet such interesting people with this author lark — goodness knows he must have met hundreds of fascinating writers of all kinds of literature!
The ‘Lit Happens’ show that I appeared on will be broadcast on Shaw Cable soon, and I’ll post the details once I get them. Go watch my ugly mug haha!
In a curiously coincidental happenstance, I spent the next two days filming small acting roles for Media School. I’ve been collaborating with them for a few years now, helping out in a professional capacity and, now that people think of me as some kind of author, even consulting on stories and plots. Watching these young people explore their creativity, producing their wee movies, has been a tremendously rewarding experience and I’m very much looking forward to future participation. As long as they don’t ask me to play a zombie!
In other news, work on the second COAST espionage thriller is progressing, but slowly. Life intervenes, as it always does, but as well as this I’m suddenly finding that a whole heck of a lot more research is needed to kick-start the novel. This, however, is not a bad thing. The more research I can do, the more real the narrative will be, and that’s an important factor. I guess it also gives me more time to allow the ideas to simmer in my brain-box and thereby develop further, and that’s no bad thing either. I’m going to hit the writing really hard over the festive season and I’m looking forward to it. The new story is definitely a different animal than the first, but I’m excited about the direction it’s taking. As volume two of my expostulated tetralogy / quadrilogy, it needs to answer a few questions left hanging by the first and set up a bunch more intrigue for the third and fourth. But that’s all part of the fun of it.
Edit-update: There were a couple of tiny mistakes in ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’ which were really annoying me on pages 159 and 202. Nothing harmful to the overall story, but I’m a detail nut so what the heck? Might as well fix ‘em. Unfortunately there’s no change for the ebook version as those nice people at Bookbaby will want an arm, a leg, a pound of flesh AND my firstborn to incorporate the changes into the existing product. The printed version, however, will reflect the changes once current stocks have been depleted. What this means for you, my friend, is that if you want to buy a printed copy either from me, my e-store or one of the other outlets (such as McN&R, Alibris or Amazon), you should wait a few days for the new stock to filter through. Inbox me for further details.
And that’s all for now. Roger and out, X.