Monday, 10 January 2011

Who moved the goalposts?


We have a strange glitch in our television which causes it to default to Sky sport whenever I leave the room. Curiously it never happens when my husband is out - almost as though the television knows! Thanks to this mysterious glitch, I do sometimes watch cricket and football (while busy on facebook, blogs, email, etc and yes, sometimes even writing…)
So I thought, for a change, I’d share a few of my musings on cricket and football.
Cricket seems to me very similar to life, in being almost completely incomprehensible. Occasionally I have a glimmer of comprehension, but then it’s gone in the toss of a cricket ball and the swing of a bat and I’m baffled again. Yes, I can understand why people compare cricket to life. Just when you think you understand something, you realise you don't.
Football is altogether simpler to understand. There’s a goal post at each end of the pitch and – well, you know the rest and if not, well, don't ask me. The goals are a standard size and are always in the right place. In short, football couldn’t be less like life because in life the goal posts move all the time.
Less than two years ago, I thought I’d be happy just to see a book of mine published. Cut Short hit the shelves. I thought I'd be happy if a few copies were bought. Cut Short promptly sold out – and sold out again - and again. I thought I'd be happy if the book had a few good reviews on amazon. Cut Short was well reviewed, and not only on amazon but in the papers. It was shortlisted for a major award.
After all the accolades, I thought I'd be happy if Road Closed did half as well. Good reviews started to roll in and Road Closed quickly sold out.
Over that hurdle, with sales and reviews better than ever, and I’m wondering about how Dead End will be received...
Will I be happy if just a few copies are bought?

3 comments:

Sharon said...

Congratulations on your success. It might be hard to take it all in at first, but what a wonderful task at hand.

Thank you for commenting over at my place. It's a pleasure to meet you.

Leigh Russell said...

Thanks, Sharon. Likewise a pleasure.

gideon sockpuppet said...

Leigh, I'm so glad your goal posts keep moving. It's great to read about all you have accomplished.