Stepping Back for a Good View

Stepping Back for a Good View
Image: David Dewar

Rewards Aplenty
Felt dreadful all day yesterday. The weekend’s lack of sleep through the work put in at all hours of the day eventually took its toll. From the moment I woke up I felt out of sorts, disjointed, running in parallel to the rest of the world, mentally off-peak and physically drained. Talking to other people in the project team, I wasn’t the only one.

It was a long but rewarding weekend, though; rewarding in that a major and highly visible project was implemented to great company success, rewarding in that I got to be involved and it all came off well after we had to resolve some problems in situ, and rewarding in that when I calculated the overtime earned I’ll be ok for a few new CDs, books and the odd pizza for the rest of the year.

I read a fascinating article by Peter Gill in last Friday’s Guardian, as he detailed his theory as to why the number 42 was chosen by Douglas Adams as the key number in his book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.

Basically, he suggests there is a strong link to suggest the number came from Ken Welsh’s
Hitch-hiker’s Guide to Europe:

which told of visitors to the UK searching for family roots finding “the answer a little disappointing” – after travelling around the world in search of “the solution to the most puzzling question of all”. A coincidence, perhaps… but this coincidence is on page 42.

Click here to read the full article: Douglas Adams and the Cult of 42.

Baccara Burning
I took a step back from the revisions last night to try and get myself back in tune with the book mentally. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for working on the manuscript, because I’d lost sight of the overall feel and plot lines that I’d had only a day ago. I figured it was down to how I was feeling so I stood back and reviewed where I’d got to.

Time well spent, I would say. Although it wasn’t actual writing or editing, it’s still vital work towards the completion of a hopefully decent piece of fiction. I’ve yet to get to the part of the story that took me by surprise when I wrote the first draft, and I’m not sure I want it to go the way it has. But if it does, it does – I’ll know in a few days.

With the rest of my time I made a few updates to the website. There’s a different font and dimensions on the splash page, the site is fully Tweetable for all users, and I’ve integrated the site with a new author page on Facebook. Yes, I’ve decided it was a good time to split my personal Facebook account away from my writing life and delve further into the world of social networking. I now have an Official Author Facebook Page – go check it out!


Get 25% off STELLA, my spy novella with a twist, when you order the e-book from the publisher’s website at Simply quote 612JMZN67VZX at checkout.

Post this story to Reddit Post this story to Facebook Post this story to Stumble It! Post this story to Digg

About Colin Galbraith

Keen runner, thriller author, Madness fan, Mets fan, St Mirren fan/owner, rabbit tamer, outstanding fake faller. Loves cannolis & espressos. #LFGM
This entry was posted in Books, Day Job, Fiction, I.T., Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Stepping Back for a Good View

  1. The time spent percolating is important to the time spent writing. It makes the writing time more productive.

Got something to say? Do it here...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s