|Ship's Log 03 February 2017 1148: |
Vessel 'My bike' | 51° 24' 33'' N x 0° 18' W
Wind SSE 15 knots | 997 millibars
Rain in the offing
'We have given your book a provisional publication date of the 23rd of February,' she wrote.
I'm not sure exactly how my reaction surfaced. A shoosh or two sounded among the busying browsers. 'It's the 23rd,' I prompted. 'Really, it's the 23rd!' A few disproving nods came my way. Someone looked at his mobile and offered today's date.
I wanted to tell him, to tell them, that I have rewritten Sailing to Purgatory about seven times in the struggle to find a publisher. I'm not exactly a spring chicken, so searching for a yes for almost as many years as there have been rewrites makes a very special moment indeed of learning of the expected date of birth.
Like a happy GP passing on the good news, Chantelle wasn’t exactly promising the 23rd. 'You will appreciate that this date could be subject to change.' It'll be the 23rd, a voice inside said.
The rain exhibited enthusiasm too as I left the library. I was surprised, carrying the faithful bike up the stairs, to be dripping all the way like an almost drowned rat. Somehow on the way home I hadn't noticed the downpour.
And for the record, Surbiton Library has this same magnificent online arrangement, with brilliant staff, too.