Help! Help! It’s the Chaos Fairies… and some other stuff…

First up, I’d like to thank the host of brave souls who have started following this blog recently. I really appreciate it and I apologise that I haven’t been able to pop over and visit everyone back. The spirit is willing but, as those of you who have been reading this blog regularly for a while will know, my life is a bit chaotic.

However, while I freely admit that my general organisational life plan seems to be reactive – as in lurching from one oh-shit-did-I-forget-to-do-that crisis to another – I feel that today there were mitigating circumstances. The Chaos Fairies were with me. I was very organised this morning, I dropped off McMini and put a wash on nice and early. The first inkling that the Chaos Fairies had turned up was when, after about an hour I went back to see if the washing was done and discovered the machine had switched itself off.

Dan dan daaaaaah. It was an old machine and I kind of thought this.


Yeeeeeeek! (Yeh yeh. Eyebomb, therefore eye am.

Luckily it was only the plug. I fixed it. No more harm done than an hour of sunlight and drying time dropped.

A few moments later I returned to my computer to start on my to do list. I managed a couple of things. Booyacka! Then, while my anti-virus programme updated itself I planned the flyers and bookmarks I was going to make.

Or not.

When I tried to open my dtp programme I discovered that my anti-virus had taken the unilateral decision to quarantine the executable file. I couldn’t get it out so I had to reinstall. Then it decided that the latest update of flash was also malware. Then I switched it off file checking and left it to look at e-mails and the internet stuff. I should probably look into that one sometime. In the meantime I’ve managed one book mark and trust me, it was a major achievement.

So I trundled off to collect McMini having pretty much blasted my only day to work this week into nothing. The handlebars had come loose on my bike and were wobbling about. Luckily it was just a case of them moving up or down rather than turning while the wheel stayed pointing straight on but it was… odd.

On the up side. I found the shoes I wanted to wear – which I haven’t been able to find all week – stacked neatly among McOther’s. What the hell was I doing when I put those away? Perhaps the Chaos Fairies felt a little bit guilty and pointed me in the right direction. Or maybe not.

However, it’s probably going some when you come close to forgetting about the launch of your own book. Which is on Saturday by the way. Gulp. Yep, as usual my effort to effect a smooth, ritzy launch is a complete shambles. I’ll be clicking publish on Amazon slightly early, for the ebook, for the simple reason that I will only have patchy access to the internet from Friday morning onwards and it would be a pity if it didn’t appear on the day it was supposed to. If you want to make sure you get your copy it is available to pre-order in all formats pretty much everywhere except in the case of the ebook on Amazon. Phnark.

Never mind. It’s not all shambolic. I do have a signing coming up in Diss, just down the road in Norfolk. Details coming soon.

Right then. For now, here’s a list of the places where you can get hold of an advance copy of Looking For Trouble.

The cover of Looking For Trouble

The cover of Looking For Trouble

To preorder multiple formats – as they become available – click on the links.

In ebook format…
Barnes & Noble (nook)

In print:

The Book Depository.
Amazon US.
From your local Amazon, if you live outside those two.


Filed under About My Writing, General Wittering, Humorous Fantasy Author

17 responses to “Help! Help! It’s the Chaos Fairies… and some other stuff…

  1. As my Scandinavian friend would say: “May the good Nisser be with you.” And remember to take deep breaths and stop and laugh at yourself once in a while.
    Congrats on your launch. I’m so proud and happy for you.

    • Yep it’s the Nissa alright. Thanks for the congrats – I just hope you’ll still feel that way when you read the book! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Off to bed now. The Nissa have made today feel very long. ๐Ÿ˜‰



      On 8 July 2014 23:44, M T McGuire Authorholic wrote:


  2. Booyacka! I love it, signed C. S. Boyack.

  3. I have days like these, actually I have years like these. haha. Good luck with the launch. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Wow that does sound like a mad day! I’m glad you survived! I have just started on book one and really enjoying it, which means I am doubly excited to know I will have a book two to go to next with no waiting. Yay! Good luck with the launch…. I will defo order a copy ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    • Bless you, thanks. Just so you know, the order to go in is..
      1. Few Are Chosen,
      2. The Wrong Stuff,
      3. One Man: No Plan and then this one,
      4. Looking For Trouble.

      So pleased you are enjoying it.



      • Ooooo so many!!!! It gets even better (but sorry for my confusion and clear lack of research!! I saw launch and got over excited!). Thanks for letting me know. Gosh you’ve been so busy ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      • Mwahahahahrgh! It’s all relative. It did take me 7 years and it took me another 13 years to learn to write a book before I wrote the first one. Glad I’ve put you right. If you’d started book 4 after book 2 you’d definitely have been thinking, “uh?”



        On 9 July 2014 21:36, M T McGuire Authorholic wrote:


  5. Woohoo and have a great launch – do post pics in a post next week or on fb – or both of course – will be there in virtual spirit ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. MTM, do hope the launch goes well! I purchased three titles yesterday through the book depository, so shall write a review down the track. Have a restful break in Scotland.

    • Wow! Three. That’s well beyond the call of duty.. I hope you enjoy them. As I warned Amanda in an earlier comment, they do need to be read in order.



  7. Chaos fairies, classic. Where would we be without them? When you get to be my age, I’m looking for those Order Fairies.

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