Well, my break went well in case you were wondering. I’ve had a few days off of doing nothing (other than recharging) and that may well continue for a little while. Apologies to those still waiting for things from me – I AM on it.
But I wasn’t ONLY doing nothing. Nope. No siree. There was some work that needed to be done, and some meetings I had to go to – and as a result of those I’m very pleased to be able to say that, yesterday, we (me, Caroline Smailes and Darren Craske) were able to deliver the finished manuscript (including illustrations) of Freaks! to our publisher, the very wonderful Friday Project. That makes me happy – I’m very proud of what we’ve done, but I’m a little nervous too and very much hoping they like it. But mostly, I’m very happy.
It’s been a lot of hard work for all concerned. 50 stories. 50 illustrations. Hard work but fun. And to celebrate I wandered into town yesterday evening and treated myself to a couple of beers because, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, moments like that don’t happen very often (3 books in 5 years) and I think it’s important to mark them in some way – even if it’s on your own, relaxing with a beer (because no-one else really gets it, or because they get snooty when they see someone else having a bit of success), or watching a really cool 1963 Doctor Who serial, or eating cake (and yes, I did all three which, interestingly, has resulted in my having a rather unexpected crush on Susan Foreman).
So there we go. More from me soon.