Crumbs on the Keyboard

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:

16 thoughts on “Crumbs on the Keyboard

  1. I sorry you had to re-experience all the bad parts, but glad you remember it so well. Sometimes people manage to block that all out! Can’t wait to read it.

  2. As long as you don’t post “coming out in the US in May” I won’t have to hate you.

    I too found it ironic that writing a weight-loss memoir led to moments where you want to eat your whole fridge. Did you only have 3 months to write it? Geez, no wonder you had mini-meltdowns!

  3. ooooh, well spotted PQ! i should have said the LAST three months leading up to the deadline! it was actually a wee bit over 8 months from book deal to book deadline. i had mild hysteria throughout but just the really insane stuff for the last three months, ha ha ha!

  4. Yay yay yay!! Us kiwis get a taste of the action!!

    I am banning credit card so that I can actually make headway in life so I was hoping like hell it would come out here.

    Yay yay yay!!

    Thanks for being you and inspiring the rest of us to find the real US’s. Us’s is so a word!!

  5. I’ve had moments like that in OA, working through old junk that I thought was over, but I just hid down behind the crap and the fat. I can’t wait to read your book. I’m going back in the archives (when I have time) to read the whole blog.

  6. You rock! I know I’ve said this many times before, but it’s just because you truly do! Thanks for being such an inspiration! So proud of you.

  7. I have turned in to a total syncophant and have been running around telling my buddies that my “friend” got her book published. I just hope you make enough money to BUY the black and greens choccie factory and youc an keep all our keyboards full of crumbs : P

  8. Look at you and Pasta Queen with your awesome books–you all are so inspiring! And I love the cover. How cute are you?!

  9. “Method writing” – what a good description! But maybe the next book needs to be about something less emotionally fraught… or something.

    Apparently, book tours are very bad for one’s fitness and eating patterns as well – at least, according to Neil Gaiman’s blog. That’s about the only drawback to being a successful writer I can think of, though.

    The Dave Gorman entry is really funny, but… male metabolisms! Two weeks to lose a stone? It’s not fair, is it?

  10. I am so thrilled for you and can’t wait to get your new book. I think I shared with you that I went back to the very beginning of your blog and read the whole thing – your book will be wonderful and I am very excited for you. Any clue as to when it will be available in the US????

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