Wednesday, December 03, 2008

my launch

Wow. Bit of a late start this morning, and my head is still spinning and my thumb actually has this little throbbing thing going on from signing copies of my book.

I have thumb cramp. How fucken hilarious.

It's all completely surreal, but hell, I am the happiest girl in the world today. My book is out, I actually got to touch it for the first time at 6:00pm, and couldn't really stop stroking the thing for the rest of the evening.
Bailey Schneider from 94.7 was the emcee, whereby we sat at a table with two mics and she asked me questions. I was so nervous, the sweat was dripping - but also because the bowling club was like a sauna last night. It was schvitzy. Bailey was the ultimate trooper,

Anyway it seemed to go off nicely and informally, and better than I expected. I didn't laugh like Jack Nicholson in The Shining into the mic, which some of my mates were concerened about, and I didn't break into song.

Sank a couple of gin and tonics, and signed the books - in retrospect I wrote the lamest messages to people ever - but I didn't quite feel all there. I was having an outer body experience with this whole launch, and I suspect it will sink in once I start getting the phonecalls. ("You didn't really do that did you? Holy fuck.")

The greatest part of the Evening was having all my mates wearing bright green GROUPEA shirts. Having my mates cheer and laugh at all the right moments (I briefed them: If I snap a heel - cheer and laugh. If I vomit from nerves onto somebody's feet, just cheer and laugh...and hold back my hair please.)

And of course, the guy I'm kind of seeing was there to help replenish my gin and tonics and take me home.
Mum was a hoot. Especially telling a group of people what a little butter ball I'd become during my gap year. Nice one.

I cannot believe how happy and lucky I am.
It's our office Christmas Party today, we're all going to the Cradle Of Humankind.
Thank goodness. Because I'm still not all there right now.

To those who came through to my launch to support me, slot a couple of gin and tonics, and buy my book: thank you. Seriously. I am so touched.

(In more ways than one. Tee hee.)

25 comments:

Jam said...

Since I've been reading your blog for so long, and since I think you're so amazing - it was just incredible to be at the book launch and to actually buy a copy of your book.
I am just so proud of you...
xxx

Peas on Toast said...

Jam! God it was lovely to see your face there - thanks so much for all yoru support and yoru friendship over the last few years, it means the world.
I love you to pieces. xx

Revolving Credit said...

What, no dancing?
No karaoke?
No raucous lauging?
No John Deere?
No Jager?
No porn?

You sure this was a Mushy Peas launch?

At least you were felt..umm...touched!


Glad it went well.

Peas on Toast said...

Rev - who says? ;) hahahaha

There was a Jager or too, craploads of porn and raucous laughing - but not on the mic thank god!

I had a blast, which is a relief!
Thanks guy xxx

Revolving Credit said...

So, how many bloggers out'ed themselves at the launch??

Like 'Hi, Could you please make of the message to Anonymous, thanx"?

Peas on Toast said...

WAHAHAHAHAHA
'Hi, who the hell are you?'
'could you amke this out to GeekBoy1980 please.'

So funny - no one that I haven't met already outed themselves, so I have no idea if there were some people that were floating around whose blogs I'd read before. I mean...for all I know Rev, you could've been the dude slotting the canes behind the bar counter.
;)

Whale said...

* Choking back a tear * Whaley's lank proud of Peasy - fuck it bru we're going to blow the biggest gasket at lunch today.

Revolving Credit said...

Canes behind the bar...ja right!

If I'd have been there, you'd have known.

Can you say B-O-D-Y-S-H-O-T.

'Hi, I'm Rev!
Would you like a tequila?
Here hold this lemon in your mouth while I snort some salt off your breasts and slurp some booze out your navel!
Oh..and can ya sign the book while I'm doing it'


Would love to read the lame message you'd have written while that was happening!

Peas on Toast said...

Whakle - bless your little heart my friend :)
OPlenty of gas in the tank today - bring on Christmas lunch (and 8000 drinks...) xxx

Rev - I'd have given you a nipple signing, you know that! ;)

Paula said...

OMG I could have been there! I was thinking about going to the Bowling Club but ended u shnozzing to the bells of Notradam (what I fondly call my pillow) Hot dayum; sounds like a party and a half. All the best for your book. And a virtual gin and tonic for you! :)

Peas on Toast said...

Thanks Paula! Hahah I haven't actually been to the ZeeBeeCee in ages - can't say much has changed about the old place - gin and tonics are still R7. Can you cope!

:) XX

Paula said...

I can handle anything; I think my liver is made of steel (till the next day... of course, nothing like a good hangover).

Peas on Toast said...

Fuuuuck, tell me about it. And now I have to go and fill up my tank for a Christmas party. Yeeeha!

candy said...

Wow! How awesome. Congratulations!

I have no idea why the hell I've never read your blog before. I've known about it... but just never arrived here until now.

How cool are you, sugar?!

Peas on Toast said...

Wow thanks Candy! Aand welcome! :)

zuzula said...

fantastic - looking forward to the london launch! ;) congrats hon - well done xx

Liesl said...

Here are the Groupeas:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/booksa/3079321746/

Being Brazen said...

WOW, thats sooo awesome. CONGRATS!!!!!

The Blonde Blogshell said...

I am frikken impressed and proud and all that good jazz!! Your interview with Bailey was great - you were a true pro and showed no nerves! :-)

Those G&T's however...good grief! Dangerously delicious!!

Bungi said...

Wow - How proud you must feel!!!

Living in Durban and not being able to attend your mid-week book launch just "pea's" (sic) me off.Great it went off well.
The book is on my Xmas List - in fact, its the only thing on my list!
Oh, your previous comment on prepping your liver for Mojito's -doesn't work! I managed to get in and out of Havana Cuba a couple of months ago and eish ....
xxx

po said...

Wow, you probably won't read this, but CONGRATUMALATIONS, you are my hero, you wrote a book, I want to read it asap.

Ciccio said...

Nice cover. You really look like the girl on it.

Peas on Toast said...

Thanks chaps!
The reality of having a book hasn't sunk in - even still - but that could be the alcohol talking.

Perhaps if I sleep next to my book, it'll start sinking the hell in. :)

Ciccio my little French friend, thank you :)

Megz said...

LAte i know but congrats lady.

You look stunning in the pic.

A mighty fine job i say.

Cant wait to get your book for chrissy.

Love ad bisous.

Megz

Richard Catto said...

I hope you become a millionaire. Or are you one already?

You are an inspiration to South African bloggers. A real live hero. I'd like to pre-order my live action doll and matching lunchbox.

But seriously, bloody bloody well done!