Thanks so much for all your kind comments about the book. I’m a sentimental fool so must admit I blubbed while reading them!
It has been a rather intense process. Looking over the past year’s blogging now, it’s amusing to see the various Book Writing Mini-Meltdowns reflected in the entries. I thought I’d churn it out with cool detachment but instead it felt like reliving it all over again. Method writing at its worst! If I was scribbling about a Dark Time, I’d become just as miserable and bleak as the original moment – sobbing all over the keyboard and generally being a horrible git to live with.
Another thing I struggled with was the urge to stuff my face with chocolate every time I was in the throes of panic. Which was pretty much all day every day in the last three months leading up to the deadline. I’d sit at the desk absolutely nauseous with anxiety, unable to find the words to describe some moment four years ago about how I triumphantly overcame my desire to stuff chocolate into my mouth, while thinking Oh I really need some bloody chocolate right now and I would truly go to town right now if not for the irony of scoffing chocolatw while writing a weight loss memoir.
But it was all good, because the angst led to some amazing moments of clarity. Such as learning to endure shitty feelings instead of masking them with sugar. Writing really helped me to let go of a lot of old crap and completely rethink lard-busting matters.
Right now I am feeling rather self-conscious about crapping on about the book so much, so I will just answer a question I had in the comments before awkwardly changing the subject: They didn’t make me a blonde on the cover! My shoddy scan doesn’t do it justice, it’s a more accurate ginger when you see it for real 🙂
Also, I just found out the book shall be coming out in New Zealand at the same time it does in merry old Oz in February. CHOICE!
Ooh look over there, a pony! Now here’s some top entries I’ve read in the past few days:
- ‘Vacation’ at Readheaded Stranger – featuring a genius tribute to Robert Frost
- ‘A Treatise on Body Shape and a Smidgen of Self-Obsession by Lucy Pepper, artist extraordinaire
- The legendary Dave Gorman reveals the dangers of the book writing process – "…writing is incredibly sedentary. It also involves biscuits."