First Novel Delirium

Justine Larbalestier, whose excellent novel Magic or Madness is just a couple weeks from official release, sums up perfectly the excitement a new novelist feels when one’s book is mere days from coming out:

I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m happy. My stomach’s in knots. I keep giggling at inappropriate moments. Like while watching this TV show about parasites, Body Snatchers (best show ever), this man was lying on the grass
beside the more than 2 metre long tapeworm that had been living
in his bowels and I thought, eww!, and then I remembered that my
novel was coming out and clapped my hands and laughed. Yay tapeworm! Yay Magic or Madness!

Yeah, that’s pretty much it.

3 Comments on “First Novel Delirium”

  1. That’s about how I felt after finding out my wife was pregnant with twins. I found that I had random irresistable urges to say “Twins!” just to get used to the idea. Now that they’re here I’m a lot more tired but even more excited and happy. You can tell by the fact that I’m commenting on this post – any excuse to talk about my twins.

    By the way, I’m looking forward to the sequel to Old Man’s War. Wahoo, that was a good book. I read it while I was off work because of the twins.

  2. John – maybe you should write another book just like Old Man’s War. Then, they’d be twins! TWINS! TWINS!

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist. Congrats, Steve!)

  3. “Young Man’s Peace”!

    Yeah, you know I rejected that title right out of the box.