Jan 27

It has been a strange start to the year for me.

Three bits of bad news: My 92-year-old grandmother was attacked and beaten up in her house and spent weeks in hospital; a friend’s father back home in Belfast, whom I’ve known for more than 30 years, took ill and died very suddenly; the mother of a friend of mine here in New Orleans also died. This all happened within the first few days of January. Not a great start to the year.

That’s the “personal” side of things which haven’t gone well. Here though the whole city has gone crazy mad bonkers over the Saints. I am truly delighted for the city and my many friends who are big fans. What a great boost for the place and I really hope they go on and win the trophy, even if I do feel like a bit of an impostor because I haven’t been a fan for that long and still don’t really understand the game.

Tonight I also finally got back in the saddle “professionally.” I mean that in the loosest possible sense. I have started emailing organisations, papers, media, etc in the UK and Ireland again, plugging away as usual, promoting the book. I’ve been doing it almost for a solid year now in the States and I’m still getting results, but I don’t think I will have anything like as long to work for the European release. Weeks, maybe months.

Having said that even now we are still sending out review copies in the US, and First Touch, a football magazine in the north-east, gave / are giving us the centre pages for three book excerpts. So that’s great publicity right there. I’ve now done seven blogs for the Chelsea website as well, and I’ve enjoyed those, although of course the, “It’ll only take an hour a week…” thought was a load of old bollocks and I’m always rewriting and fine-tuning.

So same old, same old. Need to get cracking on getting to some other cities in the States, but February is going to be hectic what with the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras and such. It’s true what they say – time really does speed up when you hit 40…

Email Newsletters with VerticalResponse