The last few days have been incredibly hectic, heading down to visit the publishers of my black grouse book while trying to keep on top of the puppy and scouting around the hill for foxes. I caught the train down to England on Tuesday morning, and had the misfortune of sitting next to the ubiquitous drunk Scotsman who abused our fellow English passengers with xenophobic insults and persistent claims that Scotland will only really rise again one we have lifted the shackles of “foreign oppression”. It was interesting to finally meet a Scottish nationalist after twenty six years living North of the border, and can happily assume that if his fellow SNP voters are of a similar calibre, then the Union is safe for the forseeable future.
Seeing my book (entitled The Black Grouse) actually being put together on a computer screen was an odd experience, and all sorts of fond, wet-moss memories came drifting back in the clean publisher’s office as my illustrations were man-handled into position by the click of a mouse. It was exciting to think that I have been allocated an ISBN number, and all being well, advance copies of the book will be available in July for a release date in August. More details will be posted on this blog as the time approaches, but as I look over the final proofs, I must say that I’m quite pleased with all the work I’ve been doing for the past three years.
Keep your eyes peeled for publicity material in the next few months!