So, a very dear friend with a well-honed sense of humour gave me a gift to commemorate the birth of my book baby. Yes. Emerald Tablet-themed eyeshadow. 🤣
Either that, or it’s intended for use in a reptilian mating display.
Needless to say, I am never wearing it out of the house. But it didn’t look as irredeemably vile as I thought it might.
The anxiety runs thick in the veins when the reviews start rolling in. So when a corker or two arrives, it’s an overwhelming relief.
Yesterday, I had Brooklyn the Bookworm. Today, it’s the Unseen Library.
As an author, to know that someone who reads a lot and really knows what they’re talking about has enjoyed your book is a huge thing. It’s even better when their review does a wonderful job identifying exactly what you were attempting to achieve when you wrote it.
Thank you 😊.
Home now. And it’s time to celebrate.
Happy birthday 🎁 🎂, literary baby.
This calls for a fine French one. Cheers!🥂
It’s quite fortunate that I’ve been languishing in the ridiculous luxury of Cape Kidnappers and attending to other writerly duties for the past four days, because I haven’t had the opportunity to get too anxious about the launch of The Emerald Tablet tomorrow. You know what it’s like when something you’ve been anticipating and looking forward to for ages is fast approaching? Yeah. Well, I haven’t really had time to worry. Which is a good thing.
One thing’s undeniable. I can’t wait to share it with you. 😊
… if I disappear, I’ve holed up here at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. Can you imagine a more idyllic place to write?
And to all of you who told me how much I’d love New Zealand? Yeah. You were right. Don’t gloat. It’s a very unappealing trait.
…. because Melbourne airport this morning is fairly bracing ❄️☃️🌧☔️🥶
A little while ago, the fine literary philanthropists at Ponder & See got in touch and asked if I’d like to join them on a jaunt to New Zealand to have a chat about all things Cook and the Pacific.
So this weekend, I’m winging my way to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers … which is pretty danged exciting. The only downside is that it’s going to be a hit-and-run visit, because my new novel, ‘The Emerald Tablet’, is being released next week, and I have to be back in Oz for that. So no tours of Napier’s fine wine region for me, I’m afraid. But, still. The Pacific project is the gift that just keeps giving. And with a Logies nomination for the TV series as well! Too much. 😆
You thought I was going to say the ‘bonus’ was having the opportunity to work with the stellar actorly type and generally fine human being, Mr Sam Neill, didn’t you? But, that can hardly be defined as ‘unexpected’, because without Sam, there would no tv series, and no book. So, for that, I thank you, kind sir.