Archive for August, 2010

The Mayan Codex

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

My new book, The Mayan Codex, has just come out in the United Kingdom. This is an exciting moment in any author’s life, especially when the book in question is the fulcrum on which a trilogy of books must turn. I am even now writing the third and final instalment of the trilogy, and attempting to tie together all the loose ends I have purposely left hanging in the preceding 1000 pages. 1000 pages? It makes me tired even thinking about it…

Last month, in Frome, Somerset, I was kindly asked by the local Librarian, Wendy Miller-Williams, to give a lecture on Nostradamus’s Greatest Prophecies, under the aegis of the annual Frome Festival. I was a little chary at first, as I don’t normally give talks. But I did my homework, and turned up on the night ready and raring to go. My wife had constructed a Power Point Slide Show for me, so at least the audience would have something to look at other than me. The evening started at 7.30. My enthusiasm rose. I was soon shooting off at all sorts of tangents, stimulated by intelligent questions from the floor. ┬áIt was considerably after 9 pm when one lady in the audience politely stood up and said that she really hated to break up the evening, but she did unfortunately have another appointment to go to. I then realised that I had got so carried away with explaining Nostradamus and the Maya to a responsive audience, that I had happily gone nearly 45 minutes over schedule. Normally I never wear a watch, but just for this evening I had borrowed a large-faced watch from my wife specifically to avoid this sort of shenanigan - the only problem was that, not being used to watches at the best of times, I never actually looked at it. Ah well. There have to be some advantages to being a writer, and living according one’s own chaotic schedule…

Perhaps I could pretend to have forgotten to look at my watch when the deadline for my next novel arrives? No. Maybe not.