Thursday, 21 October 2010

Smoko.

Smoky-Drinkers start arriving at eight so there'll be no long rambling babble tonight.

Instead, here's a preview of something that won't be available until next April. It'll be in both print and Ebook versions. April is ideal, the book opens with April 30th 1647 so it makes the numbers neat.



That's not me on the cover. I probably won't be on the back cover either. I don't want to scare people away.

And now, time for smoky-drinky. Back later. Maybe.

50 comments:

Pat Nurse said...

Woo-hoo! Well done. Can I have a signed copy please and where do send the cheque for payment. Can't bloody wait. Coincidentally, my daughter No 2's name is Jessica.

Monty Cristo said...

This is gonna cost me money...Looking forward to reading it, go get sloshed in a celebratory type way.

Anonymous said...

Ditto, can we pre order??

lfb_uk

Anonymous said...

Did someone say "trap"?

Bucko said...

I've got to get me a signed copy too.
Congrats.

Loki said...

If I pinch a copy from Waterstones, will you still sign it?

Ann Mary said...

Can't wait to read it, but can I come to your smoky-drinky pleeeease.

Dick Puddlecote said...

This is electric. Superb stuff, LI. I'll buy one and come up there to make you sign it myself. :)

RantinRab said...

I tried writing a book once but couldn't stop writing 'cunt' every twentieth word or so.

The children's book publisher wasn't impressed...

Anyway, well done that man!

Pierrepoint said...

Does this mean that now that you're known, your blogging is over?
I'm sure it doesn't need to be.
Good luck with the book.

Giolla said...

Excellent stuff, loved the last book so I'll be joining the queue to pre-order as well.

PT Barnum said...

Oh goody! Loved the short stuff. Hope it's properly nasty and edgy :)

Leg-iron said...

Rab - I tried writing for children. I wrote 'Nobby the Goblin' but two of the three main characters met a dreadful death by the end of Chapter One.

I am reliably informed that my childrens' stories are only for children nobody likes.

Apparently that's a problem. It seems children don't like nightmares.

I write mine down.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Leg-iron

Children do like horrible stories -consider Roald Dahl, Brothers Grimm et al.

I trust this is a nom de plume - I really can't imagine you being named after a car...

A book without recommendation:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beheld-Ed-Bemand/dp/1904999344/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1287706239&sr=1-1

My copy cost a bit less than the new price, but with a very interesting dedication.

DP

Leg-iron said...

Pierrepoint - those that want to stop me already know who I am. They cannot. They rarely send their trolls here because they know something about me I have kept quiet.

They cannot hurt my feelings. I have none. They cannot damage my ego. I have none. They know what I am and to them, I am their nightmare in flesh. I am a Righteous mind that denies itself.

I know their games and play them their way. I want dominion over only one human being - me. I cannot be cowed by drones bleating standard platitudes because I can make up better ones. I can use the drones they create because their methods are in my DNA. I am the Anti-Righteous. My number is 668, the neighbour of the beast.

The blogging will not stop. I write because I like it. Nobody pays me and I accept no ads or promotions.

Money is not my goal.

There was a long pause, not reproducible in text, while I thought about my goal and you know...

I don't have one.

I just want to be left alone.

It's the one thing no government can manage.

If we ever get such a government I will consider silence. Until then, it's time to play.

Leg-iron said...

DP- you mean like Zoe Renault?

Such an obvious and topical twist could never have occurred to me.

That would require intelligence and that's illegal.

Just as Pol Pot.

Frank Davis said...

Interesting. April 30 1947 was almost exactly the day on which I was conceived.

JuliaM said...

Excellent news! I too shall await it's release with anticipation...

Enjoy your e-cig safe in the knowledge that you aren't funding those anti-smoking councils... :)

fraser said...

Well done L.I. Good luck.

Be sure to let me know when i can purchase one.

Anonymous said...

mutter mumble snaffer snarf.
Mutley

Kynon said...

Splendid news, I look forward to obtaining a copy!

Billy The Fish said...

Nice one, Leggy!

Get a shopping cart link sorted and count me in for a signed one!

Is that a young, thin Fish from Marillion on the cover, then?

Anonymous said...

Bloody well done, I'll be getting one as well.

Snowolf said...

Another bloody book I'm going to have to read now.

When will I get the time to watch Strictly Come Dancing and Cash in the Attic?

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ. How much crack are you smoking, Leg Iron? Or do you just have Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Either way seek help.

Woman on a Raft said...

Don't forget the audio version for being scared witless on long drives.

Rob F said...

Can't wait!

I'm going to be a pain in the arse and ask for a signed copy, too...

proof reader said...

Good luck with the book LI. I'm looking forward to it.
I buy books from Glenmill Publishing and although they are excellent stories there are hundreds of typo errors. I did e mail them once but the latest book is still full of errors so make sure your books are proof read. After reading your blog posts it's not likely that you will make spelling mistakes but they will definitely appear at the printers. Print off one copy and read it yourself before continuing with the printing. There's nothing worse than getting engrossed in a good book then being brought back to reality by a glaring typo error.
And of course it makes you look a tit as people presume you can't spell despite it not being your fault.

here's Glenmill publishings website..

http://www.thecull.com/index.htm

I am Stan said...

Cool,

Any pic`s of Jessica semi-naked...holding a gun?

Angry Teen said...

Awesome – makes me think I should get off my arse and write a book.

P.S. Word verification = "woody"

Leg-iron said...

Thanks for the support. I just hope that by next April, someone somewhere has enough money left to buy a book!

There will be book signings. That's expected, apparently. No point doing one here in Little Shithole, the only book shop in town closed down years ago. So I'll have to travel to a big city somewhere.

Preferably one near a distillery.

If it's a fine day, I'll have a signing session outdoors so we can smoke.

Leg-iron said...

Anon -

Jesus Christ. How much crack are you smoking, Leg Iron?

No drugs. Sometimes far too much whisky.

Or do you just have Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

No, not that one. I don't have the face for it. The 'condition' ascribed to me, although I don't see it as any kind of disability, is the same one you could ascribe to every Righteous and every jobsworth out there. I can be cold and heartless and unfeeling. I choose not to be. Unless provoked. I lose no sleep over the antismokers I have terrified with imaginary cancer.

Perhaps you mean the 'they know who I am' comment?

They know who you are too. The Coagulation is continuing the Gorgon's plan to record all internet traffic. All of it. Every visit to every site. Even this one.

So do you really think you are anonymous? I know I'm not. Besides, if anyone wanted to work out who is likely to be most troublesome in political blog land, it's not hard. It doesn't need super-technical prowess. There's no need to track down every blog individually.

Just go over to Total Politics and look at the list.

Either way seek help.

No thanks. I'm strange in the head and I don't want it fixed. If I wasn't a little bit deranged, I'd never come up with the weird stories. I'd have to write for the Guardian instead.

Angry Exile said...

Congratulations, Leggy. If it's as good as your short stories I'm looking forward to it.

Slamlander said...

Conga Rats Dude!

BTW, your Gorgon can't trace my blog. Self-hosted Wordpress, buried behind a VPN that I control, with Swisscom dynamic IP. The UK content watchers can KMA.

Anonymous said...

“They rarely send their trolls here because they know something about me I have kept quiet.”

That’s the phrase that fascinates nosey ol’ me. Not that I expect you to reveal what that “something” is on here (not much point in keeping it quiet, then, is there? And I’m sure you have your reasons for doing so.) But my curiosity is aroused nonetheless……..

Err, what you actually said was “They know what I am,” not “they know who I am.” Curiouser and curiouser, said Alice! Or am I reading a bit too much into that statement? God, Leggy, you know how to keep a girl in suspense, don’t you?

And as for this: “They cannot hurt my feelings. I have none.” Don’t believe it. If you had no feelings you wouldn’t get angry about stolen children, or biased reporting, or unfair laws, or courts of justice which dish out nothing of the sort, or the smoking ban (at a far greater than just self-interested level), or alcohol restrictions (ditto). Your concerns would only then be how those restrictions affected you (if they did so) and you wouldn’t give a jot to the principles behind them or about any of the ones which didn’t affect you personally.

And besides, it would completely destroy my image of you as the warm, cuddly, defender of human liberties and saviour of the human race which I have been nurturing for so long …………..

Congratulations on the book, by the way. Will it be available in “de shops” or just on “de web?”

Anonymous said...

Well done, congratulations, hope it sells a million and becomes a best-seller, the start of a new career.

Also, I hope at least one of the characters in the book attends a smokey-drinky or at least imbibes once in a while in either the evil weed or deathly drink, or both!

Please don't forget all us little folke on the blog after your name is up in lights and you become a celebrity on the talk show circuits.

hangemall said...

Gratters on the book deal, L-I.

Anon 19:53 re what/who I am. Remember our host's job. Mwahahahaha.

timbone said...

I have come over all unnecessary, the author of a book I am buying next year has actually addressed me by name on at least two occasions. Hoorah for the LegIron

Anonymous said...

Congrats, L-I.

I'd like a signed copy, too (but, of course, I will pay for it - as long as it's in paperback!)

Please don't stop writing the blog :)

Jay

sixtypoundsaweekcleaner said...

Even my cat's interested.

Where do we queue up?

Breaker said...

Congrats, L-I!

You really want to have a chat with your publisher, and see if they can do some internet sales for signed copies.

By the posts here, there is certainly some interest in it.

Failing that, create a new Amazon account, then sell with a "buy it now" option. Easy to anonimise that way.

Anonymous said...

If the book's as good as the cover suggests, then its gonna be a cracking read! Can't wait!

Congratulations!

Frosty said...

Well done Leg-Iron! Love the cover,looks a bit like Sandman one of those Neil Gaiman books.

Maturecheese said...

I look forward to reading it. The cover reminds me a bit of Gerald Seymour's Rat Run, which I enjoyed.

Leg-iron said...

sixtypoundsaweekcleaner - I'll see if I can get it translated into cat.

Leg-iron said...

God, Leggy, you know how to keep a girl in suspense, don’t you?

Yes, and I have the wire and pulleys all ready.

Anonymous said...

If we buy the book via your site, rather than (for instance) Amazon, will you sign it please?

A regular reader.

Leg-iron said...

Signed copies will be available. I'll arrange some kind of discount, but I doubt I'll be able to compete with Amazon.

But then, Amazon won't have signed copies.

Chalcedon said...

Congratulations. I will buy a copy in April.

Anonymous said...

Well Done, Leg Iron! You have a good attitude and I share many of your ideas, esp. the "I want to be left alone" one. I hope your book is a big success!
A Bunni

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