Happy New Year
This week I look back on my 2014. It takes the form of concise extracts from my diary. This might seem a rather narcissistic thing to do, but hopefully some of you might find the entries mildly amusing and/or be interested in the links to the book reviews/blog posts/YouTube video.
Wednesday 1st – Have I ever had a less memorable New Year’s?
Monday 27th – Read and reviewed Post Office by Charles Bukowski. What a great book.
Friday 31st – It’s Tax Deadline Day – &#%!@?£*@%
Monday 3rd – February is the most desolate of all the months.
Wednesday 5th – Won £250 on a scratch card.
Tuesday 11th – Plumbing disaster – Water pouring through kitchen ceiling.
Friday 7th – Today I published the 8th instalment of my Bizarre Author Death Series. With the benefit of hindsight this seems like overkill.
Thursday 20th – Ladurée café Harrods – Ceylon tea and an assortment of macaroons.
Wednesday 26th – Is redemption merely an illusion?
Saturday 19th – What’s with all these gluten free Easter eggs? Are they for people who haven’t punished themselves enough over Lent?
Thursday 24th – Necropolis launch day.
Friday 25th – 13 Necropolis’ sold in 1 hour on Amazon.eu website. Could I be the next J.K. Rowling?
Wednesday 30th – Amazon Sales Report – It appears I am not on my way to becoming the next J.K. Rowling quite yet.
Saturday 3rd – I eat 3 WholeFoods caramel slice things.
Tuesday 6th – Nike Town – This assortment of multi-coloured trainers are far too flamboyant for me.
Saturday 12th – Suffering after yesterday’s Marylebone/Baker Street pub crawl (x12 pubs).
Wednesday 4th – The Gym – Holding my breath whilst deadlifting results in excruciating exertion headaches. (Takes several weeks to recover).
Tuesday 10th – Novella shopping spree in Waterstones.
Thursday 12th – World Cup begins.
Tuesday 24th – World Cup ends in humiliation for England at hands of Costa Rica.
Monday 7th – After much wheezing and spluttering my washing machine takes its last breath.
Tuesday 8th – Finished reading The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
Wednesday 9th – Hope deserted this launderette a long time ago.
Thursday 17th – Still thinking about The Old Man and The Sea.
Sunday 20th – Catacombs tour of Brompton Cemetery.
Monday 5th – The Gym – I am getting really good at these leg presses; I must be getting close to the World record. Oh maybe not – Ronnie Coleman did x8 reps of 1.043 tons.
Friday 22nd – Publish my blog post – My Top 5 Most Disturbing Books Ever – (This will prove to be my most popular blog post ever).
Thursday 4th – The Dinner Party – I’ve added too much water to the couscous, this is a catastrophe.
Friday 5th – My weekly blog post – 10 Famous Banned Books.
Saturday 20th – Dinner – Homemade gyoza, highly recommended.
Tuesday 9th – Visit Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires.
Tuesday 14th – Dinner – Pleased to be eating something other than steak for a change. A chicken and pigeon combo – delicious.
Wednesday 15th – Santiago del Estero – Northern Argentina – How can it be 40C on a spring day?
Sunday 26th – Go to NFL game between Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Giants at Wembley. I don’t even know the rules. Eat a MacDonald’s, a TGI Friday’s & 3 donuts before 1pm.
Monday 27th – Finish reading and reviewing my first Ballard novel – High-Rise.
Monday 10th – Another day another gym mishap – Squashed under bench press, have to cry out for assistance. How embarrassing.
Friday 14th – My weekly blog post – 7 Famous Drug Addicted Authors.
Wednesday 19th – Finish reading and reviewing The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
Thursday 11th – Necropolis selling well on Amazon.com this week.
Saturday 13th – See my first Selfie Stick (Narcissist Stick) in West End.
Friday 26th – Spend half the day playing Modern Warfare on the PS4. Is this what a mid life crisis looks like?
Saturday 27th – Passport please be in the filing cabinet. NOOOOO.
Wednesday 31st – 23:59 – In Japan at Shinto temple waiting for the bells to toll for New Year.