First Book Sighting

In the newly swanky and refurbished Talbot Hotel in Wexford, tired after the training – you’re giving a lot of yourself, but you forget you’re also on your feet all day so your legs are sore. But walked up the Main Street and into a bookshop, looking for my book. Nothing in the Just Published […]

The words made real

Tuesday, March 02, 2004 So that’s it. Around 10:15 this morning a car pulled up outside the house and a guy with a clipboard and a smallish box got out and walked up to the door. We all knew what was inside, and I quickly signed for it and plonked the box on the table […]

New site launched

Sunday, February 29, 2004 The book should be in the shops next week, and in preparation for the big day, the new Accidental Pilgrim website is launched today. It aims to satisfy a number of different audiences: those who haven’t read the book yet can try a couple of sample chapters and buy the book […]

‘Could try harder’

Thursday, February 05, 2004 My mum sent me over almost all my school reports. Thirteen years of grades and judgements and the frightening thing about them is that they’re all the same. I hardly changed in my entire school career. The first ever report says I was good at English, keen to help in class […]

The proof’s in the proofs

Friday, January 23, 2004 Just delivered the edited page proofs of The Accidental Pilgrim (very minor changes, thank goodness). Despite having seen the whole book printed out many times, there was something very strange about looking at the proofs – typeset as the finished book will be, with crop marks and the French stuff in […]

Dedication’s what you need

Wednesday, December 10, 2003 Pulling the last bits together on the book – time for a dedication and some acknowledgements. The dedication’s simple enough – I promised it to my nephews, one of whom bears the name Columbanus as a direct result of my bike journey. I feel responsible, so the least I can do […]

Tax dodging

Wednesday, November 26, 2003 So yesterday I got all my stuff together to claim the Artists Exemption on my book. This means I won’t have to pay tax on the income from it – no complaints here about that. My accountant was delighted when I told him I was writing a book – ‘It’s great,’ […]

Put a fork in me

Sunday, November 09, 2003 I’m done. Can I have my life back now please? After a month of working all but full-time at the day job and coming home to work flat out on the book, I’m delivering the final draft tomorrow. I think it’s better than it was, but there’s a wood and trees […]

Still no punctures

Thursday, November 06, 2003 The bike I used for the first trip (from Bangor to Bobbio) was nothing special, but now I’m finishing off the book of the trip, I realse it’s got an amazing claim to fame – it’s not had a puncture. Ever. It’s now been over two and half years since I […]

New light through old windows

Wednesday, October 15, 2003 I’m working away on the edits, and that’s going well if slowly. It’s like uncovering a version of the book that I have in my head, rather than creating something new. If I could just chip away at all the crap in the way, while still knowing where to stop. On […]