I have to admit, I’ve spent years trying to do the patient, good/nice guy thing even though it is clearly stated that you’re likely to finish last and such – not to mention the social down-sides of being the decent guy – but for the most part its worked for me and I have at this point practically no reason to change.
But for the first time in a LONG time, things seem to be coming together now! And this week has been a strange kind of testament to that (at least thus far) and in a rare turn of events Im actually quite happy for so early in the week and in fact have been more or less so since Sunday.
To be honest I could probably attribute the kick-off for all this to the good folks over at the Colbert News Hub, but let me start at the, well start: These nice folks a while back posted asking fans to write a few words about why they would want to read/own the biography of the man, Stephen Colbert himself. “Well, why not!” I figured, would be a lark to just write a couple of lines being a fan and all and then mostly let it be at that and expected nothing – but then Sunday I rouse myself by noon-ish and am checking my mail when there it pops up! I’ve won a copy of the book! What are the odds right? Random guy from India wins a copy of an American TV show anchors biography off of a random online write-in contest? Hey I’m as stunned as you are, but now I’m going to soon be reading “And Nothing But the Truthiness” so I’m not looking any gift horses in the mouth if I may speak thus.
This was followed but THIS amazing preview write-up for my upcoming comic launch posted which was just such a pleasure to read and if I may say without sounding like a total twat, it heartened the writer in me that struggles with confidence in pretty much anything and everything produced. Its true, I write but am convinced all I write is rubbish, maybe I’m too close but it just never feels like its of any real quality most of the time and so I’ve stopped trying to assess my own writing in any serious critical fashion beyond what little I can manage when in process of writing and dreaming up the stuff before it hits paper. And of course this book being launched this Saturday at India’s 2nd ever Comic Convention in Mumbai amid some (hopefully) decent applause and polite fan-fare will cap off one hell of an amazing week! At this point I must admit I’m just hoping people like the book enough to read both! But I guess thats just the writers paranoia speaking…
Anyway, all that was the major part of it – next up, my ordered copy of “NextWave: Agents of H.A.T.E” by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen arrived literally a couple of hours ago and that just tops off some awesome finds for me – including this magnificent haul I made the last week when I went exploring and dug into a second-hand bookstore that a friend recommended and came away with so much. The prize of the collection being the hard-cover copy of “Jack Kirby: King of Comics”, though each and every one of these books was a treasure.
Overall I’d say its been a VERY good week, not just with all of this but on a more personal level as well in certain ways as well – I’ve been contemplating and dealing with a lot of things on my mind and coming to conclusions, making decisions long pending and even making peace with aspects that just simply: are.
Beyond my own personal joys and all that though, thought Id share some amusement and funnies with you folks since it’s still early in the week and so I bring to you: