“…Rite of Passage”

Is the phrase I shall remember most from the book signing. I was sat alone, wishing people would stop staring at me like I had sprouted gargoyles out of each nostril, when my brother turned up from nowhere and told me ‘Relax. Think of it as a Rite of Passage.’
The whole day was terrifying and exhilarating in equal proportions. I almost wanted to giggle at people who I didn’t know, clutching my book and asking me to sign it … I mean… really? Me?
Waterstones was a huge disappointment. Their in-store publicity was nil so luckily I had come forearmed with some leaflets which told people what my book was about to tempt them to buy it. However, it was a massive thrill to see this…
Then my brother told me about this…
Unfortunately the whole thing was pretty much overcast by me having full blown flu and practically having to crawl home and fall into bed the second I could. There were plenty of moments that I was sat there doing nothing but my youngest daughter kept running up to keep me amused with one of her curious questions, like ‘when you die do you want a cardboard coffin with pictures of flowers on?’ “Yes, please.”
Thank you to all the people who have given me such wonderful feedback on the book. I have had several people asking for the sequel and I promise I shall get it out of my head and onto something more suitable like paper or disc. The story is all mapped out and I will get my fingers tapping as soon as I have a spare moment.
The next time I venture out, it will be to do some poetry busking at the Brighton Festival ’09. See you there, I hope.

3 thoughts on ““…Rite of Passage”

  1. Yayaya, you have passed your rite of passage with flying colours. Something to treasure forever. The book is wonderful. And I’ll see you at the Festival for sure, one way or the other.

  2. This is your moment: revel in it. Yes, you. Lord knows you deserve it, and should be read, because you’re AbFab. I just got my own copy of walking on chalk from amazon. I won’t be able to get to it for another few weeks, but I am really looking forward to it.

  3. harmonie, you’re wonderful, thank you. Agh, I so hope you enjoy the book… I don’t think you read it when it was hanging about before so the story should be completely new to you. I’m trying to get back in the swing of things again, so fingers crossed. x

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