My Random day

I’d like to claim that the dog ate my ‘homework’ and that there will be no blog, but that would be cheating. So here is brief summary of Tuesday at Random, and I’m hoping to be able to get in lots of Random puns in this, I can tell you.

The coffee ice cream on Monday night kept me alert a little too long, but I was up and sufficiently awake by the time Random’s Catherine (thank you!) arrived to walk me to the office. They walk fast, those Random ladies. Or is it the witch who walks slowly? Didn’t think of that.

Breezed into the acquisitions meeting on the dot, except MD Philippa Dickinson had already begun. Oh, well. It is so embarrassing being introduced to seventeen people staring at me. Limelight is not for me. At the covers meeting next, it was all I could do to refrain from offering up my opinions all the time. The smokey blue with orange looked fantastic, I thought.

Then it was Georgia and a look into the future. There will be books. Next came Lauren’s ABC – or more like A to Z – of life in publicity. B is for bloggers, but I couldn’t help feeling it should be amended to B for bookwitch.

At lunchtime editors Sarah and another Clare had drawn the short straw, so marched me off for some pizza and book chatter. Very nice. They even tried to edit away ten minutes of the fifteen we were late back for me to see the head mistress. Sorry, I mean boss Philippa. Just imagine, a simple bookwitch and the boss lady herself. I was quite impressed to find that she had located an ADHD book for me, which hopefully has added itself to the ginormous pile with my name on it. They decided that my arms didn’t need to get any longer, so it will be the end of my postman instead.

Digital marketing is the future. Take my word for it. After admiring trailers and websites and fiercebook (they can’t spell, obviously), I was actually given a quarter of an hour in which to do nothing. After which Clare (‘Mum’) and I set off at that Random speed again to catch a train to the National Theatre, where we snuck in through the stage door.

We were whisked north in a green carpeted elevator (padded cell?). On arrival your witch met up with the real witch specialist Terry Pratchett, who ‘just happened’ to be there for a platform appearance somewhat later.

The DiscWorld King had spent so long being interviewed by important and real people, that when he got to me, all he wanted was a Mars bar. Or something. Which he didn’t get, I’m sorry to say. I’d have come equipped myself if I’d had the slightest inkling. Instead he got the bookwitch interview experience, which is an entirely different kettle of fish from chocolates.

The Random day finished with Terry’s platform, in the company of Philippa and other important people, like Terry’s PA Rob, as previously seen on television. It was meant to be a Q&A session on Nation at the National, but not surprisingly it turned into more of a DiscWorld fan convention. The short version.

Post-platform I made my way to another platform. The kind with the train home. Quick detour to Drummond Street for a pakora or two.

Thank you to all! (I still don’t know why you wanted me to come. By now you will be asking yourselves that, too.) And as I mentioned towards the end of my day; I had intended to take photos of everyone, but that good intention vanished as my brain scrambled.

And There Is No Dog.

11 responses to “My Random day

  1. See, I should have come along! 🙂

  2. It was a pleasure to see you! Really. Someone should have told you that the meeting room clocks at RHCB Towers all run to slightly different times (why, I don’t know), so meeting starts are often a little …random. Glad you got to meet Terry, even if it was very brief.

  3. Random clocks. That’s all we need!

  4. there is no dog? this is in reference to someone’s book, is it?

    great roundup. i’m exhausted just reading it. off to lie down now.

  5. Yup, it’s Meg Rosoff’s next book which is in danger of needing another title, which is idiotic as this is perfect.

    I had an afternoon nap yesterday, when I fell asleep watching Mark Harmon, which just shouldn’t be possible.

  6. I guess it was too cold at Random Towers for them to take you upstairs to the rooftop swimming pool. It’s a well-kept secret, and some of the editors will even go so far as to deny that there is such a place, but it’s where all the Randomites hang out in the summer months, and where they hold all their Tuesday acquisitions meetings. In between sipping daiquiris and pleading with the bartender to slather on more sunblock in those o-so-hard-to-reach little places. Should you need to phone RHCB between May and September, listen very carefully for the distant sound of splashing and the tinkle of ice in a glass.

  7. this made me choke on the keyboard!

  8. Debi – as if they would!

    Candy – keyboard is not meant to be in your mouth.

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