Giorno Felice di Nascita a Me

Giorno Felice di Nascita a Me
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In other words, happy birthday to me. Yup, another year, another digit clocked up, yet I still feel the same as I did in my 20s. The main differences with me are all physical: I’m hairier everywhere except my head where there is far less than ever before, I’m rounder, I have fingernails, and I’ve swapped contact lenses for glasses. Other than that, I’m still the same bevy merchant with a penchant for ska, jumping around like a monkey, Looney Tunes cartoons, reading and writing. Not necessarily in that order but it’s damn close.

And to kick things off on my special day, I’m delighted to announce some very special news: a publisher has been found for the anthology I was asked to contribute a poem to. The book, which will be used to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief, is to be called SOUL FEATHERS and will be published by Indigo Dreams. No idea of a date yet but all news will be relayed through this blog, Twitter and everywhere else.

My royalties came in for last quarter sales of STELLA—an early birthday present, if you like. Nowhere near what I feel they should be but don’t all authors say that? I know I’ll get BACCARA BURNING turned out by the end of the year but the important thing will be to also have it published. I’m positive that will see a new injection of interest.

Did you know you can also start reading it immediately if you have a Kindle? Purchase STELLA here for about £3.

I spent the whole of last night working on Gail’s website and battling with her copy of Adobe Photoshop. It’s a right pain in the butt that piece of software; very clunky and even on a 64-bit O/S it gives me hassle. I worked through all the website changes she asked for bar one, which needs a little bit more work done to figure out a suitable method. It’s all to do with smooth image rotation within a bordered layout. The solutions I have for this previously are all fine in a page without any major layout complications but this one does, so squeezing in new sections of code isn’t all that easy. It’s a good workout for the brain though.

I forgot to post my September review last night so it’s at the end of this post, and as for today I’ve got a couple of things on as you would image. Having to leave so early in the morning meant I never got a chance to open any cards or gifts with the family, so I’ll be leaving work early to head home and get stuck in to my new socks and boxers that inevitably fall my way.

I’ll be going out for dinner later, before heading up to the Picture House for the postponed Fun Lovin’ Criminals gig from a few weeks ago, which was rescheduled for tonight. My sister, who was meant to be going to the original date, is now on her way to Zakynthos so I’ll possibly be there with a mate instead. I’ll sink a few beers in my honour regardless.

Monthly GDR Review

Fiction
* Polish and complete GREENER IS THE GRASS – almost complete
* Review suitability of all short stories for submission – done; some removed, the rest re-submitted
* Write and submit to all selected fiction/poetry competitions this month – done

Poetry
* Review all poems written between Jan 09 and July 10 for themes & trends – done

Editing
* Publish RR issue 12 – done

Freelance
* Expect site update requests from photography client – done; site renewal failed led to more work than planned
* Keep all my websites updated and relevant – done; couple new gig reviews posted, news updates, splash fixed

Reading & Learning
* AMERICA LIBRE by Raul Ramos – done
* MORNING GLORY by Alan Spence – done
* GLASGOW ZEN by Alan Spence – done
* PORTRAIT OF AN ADDICT AS A YOUNG MAN by Bill Clegg – done
* SCAREDY CAT by Mark Billingham – IP
* ONE GOOD TURN by Kate Atkinson – IP

Marketing
* Purchase iPhone – done
* Setup Podcasting technology – iPhone side done; tested on friend and first AudioBoo posted; need small mic for OB
* Map out Podcasting ideas – done

Things That Turned Up
* PC recommendation and installation for photo client into studio environment
* Approached and contribution made to charity poetry anthology
* Hard drive problem with PC – started looking at Apple Mac Minis and iMacs
* Asked to write blog post for A Biblio Paradise – published 14th Sep
* Took a deconstruction workshop at Savvy Authors: The League of Extraordinary Gentleman (20th-26th)

Successes
* LETTING GO made it to the short list and then accepted by Open Wide Magazine for October issue
* THE FINAL NAIL poem published on Every Day Poems 14th Sep
* Still feeling the benefits from contacts made at the EdBookFest this year
* Marketing: book offers and Twitter all combining well
* Slimming down and focussing on the targets I really want to achieve has seen my first month’s GDR plan being almost full met. I’ve learnt from past mistakes!

Failures
I really wanted to be able to tick the final re-write of GREENER IS THE GRASS off the list by the end of the first month but never quite made it. It was a “nice to have” but I have to balance it up with everything else achieved that keeps me moving towards the bigger goals.

Book Offers
I’m going to create a banner for these offers

The Oktoberfest sale has been extended so you can save 10% on all my poetry books at www.colingalbraith.co.uk by quoting code CHEERS305 at checkout. Offer ends 3rd October.

Also, if you want a copy of STELLA, my spy novella with a twist, you can get 25% when you order the e-book from the publisher’s website at www.eternalperss.biz. Simply quote 612JMZN67VZX at checkout, which is valid until July 2011!

Until tomorrow, peeps!

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About Colin Galbraith

Thriller author, music fan, St Mirren fan, fluff chucker, rabbit tamer, outstanding fake faller. Loves cannoli.
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3 Responses to Giorno Felice di Nascita a Me

  1. Happy, happy birthday!

  2. Diane says:

    Happy Birthday! (Again!)

  3. Brenda says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you young pup!

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