Friday, 29 January 2016

Ship's Ahoy!

My lovely husband has written a book! Today is the launch date. If you like ships you're probably going to love it. There are hundreds of excellent photographs of ships and thousands of interesting facts about ships.

He's far too shy to be interviewed, so I'll just quote some of the things he said whilst he was writing it. Some you might empathise with if you've written any kind of book yourself and one I *may* have made up.

"I've always wanted to do this."

"That's the first chapter done, the rest shouldn't take long."

"Why did I think this would be a good idea?"

"I'll never get this finished."

"Never again."

"It's all right for you, you just make it all up."

"All my success in life ever is due to my wonderful wife and the brilliant way she carries my tripod for me. She's terrific in every way."

"Bollards!"

"Never again."

"No I can't go out/eat dinner/come to bed/talk to you - I've got a book to finish."

"This was a terrible idea."

"Never again."

"Huzzah! Finished."

"I wonder if anyone will buy it?"

"They want me to do another one. That might be a good idea."


50 comments:

Nicola said...

MANY CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! Fabulous news. I think I've said almost everyone of those things (throwing in a few 'blue' words along the way). It's lovely how he appreciates you, Patsy. You have in fact told us the key to a happy and successful lifetime marriage: carrying a tripod and making stuff up! Fabulous. I'm off to buy a tripod :)Have a lovely celebratory (is that a made up word?) weeekend.

Beatrice Charles said...

Congrats to your clever, talented husband. Launches require champagne, don't they? Just don't break the bottle and waste all that lovely bubbly.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Many congratulations to Gary - wishing him loads of sales!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy and Gary .. yes I can see the comment you made up!! But if he doesn't want to talk with you, or sleep with you ... I'd let him do another book!!

That looks amazing - and I'm sure will sell lots over time .. such a great idea ... niche markets - always good ... congratulations to you both - lots of hard working going on in your house ... cheers Hilary

liz young said...

Congratulations to Mr Patsy, and how sweet that he gives you all the credit. He's clearly a real writer - using that phrase, "Never again" so often is a dead giveaway!

ados said...

Congratulations!
Alyson

Linda G. said...

LOL! Love the quotes. And huge congratulations to your husband! That's quite an accomplishment. :D

Patsy said...

He did get a few 'now you know how I feel's in return, Nicola.

Patsy said...

We will be having a bottle of something nice to celebrate - and know we won't waste it by smashing it on the cover.

Teresa Ashby said...

Love those quotes - I can't imagine which one you made up! Congratulations to Gary - the book looks fabulous! xx

Lindsay said...

Congratulations to your husband. I loved the quotes and think you should put some of your sup too. Might they be similar? Bet you didn't make up no 7.

suzy doodling said...

That looks amazing, well done and good luck to Gary. Hope the tripod carrier gets a mention 😊

Christine Rains said...

*LOL* Hilarious! Congratulations to your husband! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Susan A Eames said...

Brilliant post, Patsy and many congratulations to Mr Collins. Some of those quotes made me laugh aloud. I'm envious that you have a writer husband - no wonder he's supportive!

Jan Baynham said...

Congratulations to Gary! The book looks great and I hope the sales go well! 🙂👍

oscar case said...

Well done,Gary!

Misha Gericke said...

Hahahaha I empathize. I say a lot of these things quite often.

Congrats to Gary! You must be super proud of him. :-)

Niddy said...

Well done Gary, bet you're proud of him Patsy.

Maggie May said...

There will be no stopping him now. You will be competing for the best reviews! Well done Gary.

Rosemary Johnson said...

Well done, Gary.

Jackie Sayle said...

Wonderful quotes. Now he knows what you go through, even though you do 'only make it up'. Well done, Gary! And well done Patsy for putting up with the prima donna author.x

Sheila, Canary Islands said...

Congratulations!

Are those sales I see on the horizon? I hope he outsells me!

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Patsy said...

Thanks, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

He did put a lot of time and effort into it, Hilary.

Patsy said...

Yep, that one's the clincher, Lizy.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Alyson (I'm basking in reflected glory you'll notice)

Patsy said...

It's a shame I can't type in his anguished tones, Linda.

Patsy said...

It's very ... shiny, Teresa.

Patsy said...

Yes, some of them would be exactly the same at times, Lindsay.

Patsy said...

Blow a mention, I want the cheque from the publisher, Suzy!

Patsy said...

It wasn't quite so funny during the editing stage, Christine.

Patsy said...

It does help him undertsand what it's like, Susan.

Patsy said...

I'm sure shipping enthusiasts will be unable to resist, Jan.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Oscar.

Patsy said...

I am, Misha. He's a clever chap.

Patsy said...

I am, Niddy. Even though, as he (maybe) said himself, his success is all down to me ....

Patsy said...

Do people review books about ships? I never thought of that, Maggie.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

I'm soooooo good to him, Jackie.

Patsy said...

He needs to sell a few, Sheila - he's got a tripod carrier to take out to dinner.

Patsy said...

THanks, Bee.

Madeleine Sara said...

Good luck to your husband. I can see he must have a great passion for the subject.

Wendy's Writing said...

Go Gary!!!

Sarah Tokeley said...

Goodie, I came back just in time to say a huge congratulations to your husband :-)

Patsy said...

He most certainly does, Madeleine.

Patsy said...

As long as he takes me with him, Wendy.

Patsy said...

You did, Sarah. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Many congratulations to your husband.

Patsy said...

Thank you!