Delirious in Dunfermline

Two alliterative blog entry titles in a row! Where and what shall we be tomorrow? Ecstatic in Edinburgh? Topless in Toronto? Maudlin in Madagascar?

So we’re back in the Dunny. We zoomed out of New York at Thursday 8PM and somehow six hours later, it was Friday 7AM in the ol UK. When I started writing this entry it was 3PM and I was determined to stay awake til 9PM at least, to assist my return to the land of the living! In the end I was up until 3AM, watching the US Presidential debate thingo. Then slept for twelve hours.

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Nerves aside things went well at Harper Collins; they were all lovely people. It was great to put faces to names after emailling for so long, and now it feels real that soon the ol DG book will exist with color instead of colour, chips instead of crisps and ASS instead of arse. Actually I don’t think we changed the arses.

For a book nerd, it was brilliant to stickybeak behind the scenes at a publishing house. I got to visit Transworld in London last year and it was much the same – an endless maze of corridors, posters of bestsellers hanging proudly on the walls; wee offices with editors peeking out like Kilroy cartoons from behind vast stacks of books. Hella cool πŸ™‚

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Gareth spied these Wo/Men’s Health magazines on a newstand. How come the men see results in 8 days but the chicks have to wait 12?!



15 thoughts on “Delirious in Dunfermline

  1. Well, I hope the Canadian version (if/when!!!) it could ever come out, they’ll stick back in the PROPER spellings of the words! And, arse can stay because, some of us (hillbillys) still use it a lot.



  2. Anji, the Canadians and all the other Commonwealth countries got the same edition as the UK… arse ahoy! πŸ™‚

    (There’s actually very very very little change to the US edition – we’re just put all the weights in pounds and fixed the color/colour type of spellings)

  3. How exciting! Glad the trip went well. And thank goodness colour will be color — we’d never be able to figure that out. Sigh. πŸ˜‰

  4. I went to the Navy Exchange, curious about your question. Here is the answer. Men’s Health workout has a lot more weightlifting movements than the Women’s Health one. The two workouts are different. The question now becomes if the average Women’s Health reader demographic would want to follow the Men’s Health workout and if not, why? I mean, come on, 4 less days!?!

  5. From the Amazon page:

    “Customers buy this book with Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir by Jennette Fulda”

    I got a kick out of that πŸ™‚ Is the cover going to be the same for the US book? They better have the flip-book in the corner. That was hella cool.

  6. Damn! Those men get to own 95% of the world’s wealth and control the entire planet, and now they get to lose fat four days faster?!?! Is there no justice??

    I don’t know why they need to change the spellings: I think most of us can figure out that colour = color, etc. “Chips” though, has to change. That’s a different food in the U.S.

  7. Glad we got the UK version in Canada and stayed with the proper spelling. πŸ˜‰

    So DG, (or anyone else…) care to give us any tips on good hotels in NYC? We might be going there next spring and the hotel thing is overwhelming.

    Glad that you had a good visit with the publishers.

    Next time you are in NY state, you need to pop over to Canada for a visit – we’re just a couple of hours away!!

  8. Aw but I like the UK edition I’ve got that has all your terms in it. It’s so much better than boring North Americanized words:)

    (Am jealous of your behind-the-scenes fun at a publishing company!)

  9. Spelling changes or no (not, naught?) we’ve been waiting for your book! And, of course men get there abs 4 days faster, or in my case, 48 years faster.

  10. I’m surprised you only slept 12 hours after watching the Presidential Debate. The only thing I can imagine more boring for me would be watching Presidential(or ministers, or whatever everyone else has)debates of any other country. You’re a glutton for punishment.

    Btw, love your blog, loved your book too.

    Tucson, AZ

  11. well now i know about the colour/color arse/ass thing, i’m extra glad i bought the canadian version when it came out :o) shipping money well spent, i say.

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