Today is the official publication day for We That are Left
I set out this morning for the usual dog walk, telling myself that this was just another day, and I had plenty of work to do, and there would be time to party later, and anyhow Amazon had jumped the gun and has been selling the paperback for nearly a week, so it was really no big deal.
Well, that didn’t last very long.
It was a bitterly cold morning, with bright sunshine over Anglesey on one side, and dark clouds over the mountains on the other. We met up with dog walking friends and walked and chatted, and removed Harri the Labrador from An Incident with the remains of pizza in a bin, watched by next year’s prize rams-in-waiting in one field (the ones Phoebe tried to round up under the nose of the shepherd when he left the gate open while serving their hot breakfast, but thankfully came back while he could still remark that she was just being playful, gulp) and the first lambs having a mad race around in another.
At the point where I would usually go back to my computer, I found I just couldn’t. It might not be the first time I’ve launched a baby out into the world, but it’s still as exciting. Maybe even more so. And I’m still amazed that it has happened. I didn’t quite dare look inside my author’s copies until today, just in case it was a mistake and I hadn’t written it at all. But it’s okay. It’s there. It’s the same book that appeared in my manuscript, so it must be mine!
This morning I wandered off in a wonderfully aimless way, popping in on friends for coffee and even a celebratory bit of cake.
So this wasn’t the industrious day that I had planned, or the deep and meaningful post I’d been intending to write. But it was a lovely day, all the same. Like most writers, I spend most of my time plotting or writing or social networking or heading off to the day job. Today I didn’t do any of that. I even sat down during daylight hours with a book that had nothing to do with research and just took pleasure in reading.
Now the sun is back, the frogs are sitting in my pond, and I’m throwing caution to the winds and heading off for a glass of something bubbly with a friend this evening. The parties will come later. Today might have been a very sedate kind of publication day – but for me it was perfect!
Tomorrow I’ll be rolling up my sleeves for the excitement to begin …… 🙂