So the last time I blogged was in April 2012 and coincidently that was also when I wrote the last draft of I Woke Up In The Future and sent it to my Agent 007, who (along with this wonderful PA) has spent the last seven months painstakingly editing the manuscript getting it publishers ready (FYI Agents don’t normally do what 007 has done and I am very aware just how lucky I am and the fact that I have struck gold when it comes to agents! 007 YOU ROCK!!) When I sent the last draft I asked him ‘What shall I do now 007?’ at which he answered ‘Take some time out Jacobs, you’ve done all the hard work, time for me to take over’ ‘Ok’ I said ‘some time out? well this can only mean one thing, this must be my meantime’.
Cue four weeks of catching up on all of the box sets I wanted to watch while in the writers room, Game of Thrones, Fringe, Mad Men and yes I went there Downton Abbey (had to see what all the fuss was about and why my Father sneaked off during Christmas dinner to catch an episode). I then needed a break from the world of the Crawleys and Julian’s somewhat skewed perspective of the Upstairs/Downstairs relationships post-Edwardian era and decided to venture out into the world to see how much it changed while I had been locked away in the Writers Room for almost two years completing the book. Apart from the obvious, new government intent on taking us back to the Victorian era, civil unrest and mass demonstrations, floods and continuing wars, the Kardashians having another baby, something significant had changed.
I had actually changed while writing my book and I had also changed the landscape of the world I was occupying. I had cleansed de-cluttered and defragged, I had removed worn out debris, weeded out the old and unbeknownst to me while I had my head in a book the space had been filled. Filled with new friends, new experiences beckoning, new ways of thinking, new relationships, a whole new way of being. So of course I dived right in, I welcomed a Japanese film crew into my home, I travelled to Dubai and sang folk songs with two Germans and a Shri Lankan (involved much bourbon and shouting ‘Skol’ all night) I went to festivals and got stuck in the mud while dancing amongst the Toil trees and thinking about my next book. I horse rode on the Moroccan beach and almost knocked myself out falling off a bed (DO NOT try and re-create your friends drunken birthday shenanigans while laughing hysterically, FYI Karma will push you off the bed) I partied and socialised with my fantastic new friends, changed my hair styles as often as Rihanna and all the while people still wanted to know about the book and still wanted to hear the I Woke Up In The Future story. It has been life affirming. Yes my meantime has been a big ole Universal High Five saying well done Jacobs you did it! You wrote your first book and more importantly you have written a book that has not only changed your life but changed you.
So what next I hear you ask?Well, it’s all in the hands of the Universe, as I think I have already told you this whole phenomenon is much bigger than me and much bigger than I ever predicted so all I have to do is keep doing what I have been doing, practice a little patience, walk this amazing path and continue to write. So now there is a new challenge, a new book (Fiction-Oh Gosh!!!) a new film script and a whole new way of looking at life.
My life in the future, my life right now.And the meantime has shown me that finally I am living the life I envisioned for myself almost five years ago when I had the amnesia. To that I simply say…SKOL!!!
And as far as I Woke Up In The Future goes well 007 has finished the edit and it has gone to all of the interested publishers……so my Future darlings…..watch this space J