I had a cell phone text from the actor Mark Lester, who is to play King Harold II in the proposed movie 1066
. He is reading the book of the battle - my Harold the King
- and he sent words to the effect that he couldn't put it down, was engrossed and would be honoured to play the character. Ok I'll stop preening. Still, if you don't tootle your own trumpet occasionally, no-one else is going to do it for you are they?
There are a few photographs of the October re-enactment at Battle Abbey, Sussex, in the album
. The day turned so hot, this was mid-October mind you, that we had to grab sunhats. Have a chuckle at Bronwen's improvised headgear. That's what I like about my singer/composer friend Broni. She's down to earth, loves a laugh and doesn't give two hoots about mingling with film-star celebs and famous authors. Like me she is nurturing a deliberate air of being eccentric. It hides a multitude of embarrassments. We have already decided what we are going to wear at the Oscars when 1066 gets nominated. One can but dream. We are going to walk together down that red carpet in frocks that clash dreadfully. That'll get us noticed! Move over Keira Knightly and Helen Mirren. (But stay where you are Johnny Depp. Please.)
Bronwen has recently launched her new website for Guesswork Music; she has a few tasters of her songs there, and the wedding dress she is wearing in the video was mine. Enjoy.
It is no wonder my hair has gone grey - ahem - silver. There was a maddening delay by Amazon Books (UK) in getting Pirate Code
available for sale. The books were delivered but managed to vanish into thin air somewhere in the Amazon warehouse (or sailed up the Amazon, ha ha!) After weeks of asking nicely, progressing to pleading, screaming and finally threatening to keelhaul them, Pirate Code
is now available. So, scurry across there immediately you have finished reading this, you swabs, and order copies as Christmas presents - only click on the link to Amazon from my home page please, that way I get to earn a few pieces-of-eight as commission. I still need some feedback and make-me-blush reviews; and if you refer back to last month's newsletter
, to know whether you agree with my webmaster about an apparent (his view) lack of action. Well, those who agree with him need not answer, I can't have that can I?
Sadly Jennie from my publisher, Discovered Authors, has moved on to offices new. I wish her every success and luck in her new venture. It was Jennie's friendliness that persuaded me to go to BookForce, as it was then. I have not had reason to regret my decision, although there have been one or two minor hiccups - but I had as many at Random House. Not least the five author managers in four years, one of whom I never met.
The nuisance at Amaon.co.uk has been the main annoyance. And now
I discover they have ran out of stock of my Pendragon's Banner
trilogy and Harold the King
, so delivery will not be until after Christmas. Scream!
Reaches for the telephone again. Don't worry folks this will be fixed.
If you would kindly put in orders for the books it will be fixed even quicker. and it would be nice to prove to the Amazonian powers-that-be that all my squawking about Pirate Code
not being on their list was justified. Sigh. It would be so pleasant to get really high on the Amazon sales ranking list. Not that anyone has ever managed to deduce how it actually works. Anything above the 9,000 mark means you are doing well, so I've been told. Big hint.
My Pirate's fan site has accumulated over 1,500 "friends" and has had over 6,000 views. Pity those figures are not book sales though, eh? I am pleased that so many people enjoy the site - looking at the pictures of tall ships, having a go at the two quizzes, smiling at the Pirate's Alphabet and reading about Jesamiah and the Sea Witch series.
I am supposed to be writing Voyage Three, Bring It Close, but am momentarily stuck in thought and consideration. I know where I want to go with the story but am unsure of how to get started. Part of the hesitation is confidence. Even having written seven adult books and one children's book I am still concerned that no one is going to want to read my scribbles. But Jesamiah is my darling, the fictional love of my life, so when he has finally drunk all the rum and manages to stagger and swagger back into my office for long enough to nudge some ideas into my head I'll be rattling away at the keyboard like there's no tomorrow.
Except that it will probably happen when Christmas is upon us and I will be expected to shut up shop for the duration of the festivities. What? You must be joking! Once my presents are opened I'll be back in here typing away, with the candles in my variety of lanterns that adorn the window-sill next to my desk lit, mince-pie in one hand and a flagon of Christmas cheer in the other. Me, insane? Pah. Who wants reality? I don't.
All the best for the Christmas Season to you all.
Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.