Life never quite works out the way you expect it to.
Just when I thought The Butcher's Boy would be hitting the bookshops, I hit a minor speed hump. It turns out that the colour of the pages in a book actually makes a difference to the thickness of the book. And if the thickness of the book is altered, then the artwork on the spine of the afore-mentioned tome will no longer fit - too big and it spreads around onto the front and back covers, and too small and it looks like .....well, like you've shrunk the book! All this hinges on whether on whether you chose 'cream' or 'white' pages.
Having made such a fundamental error I set out to correct it with a simple 'click' to change the colour setting, in the naive belief that publication would then proceed on well oiled wheels, or at least at the speed of electrons along a copper cable.
But I'd forgotten about Black Friday.
Unlike most of the online population, I was blindly oblivious to the fact that this event comes the day after Thanksgiving and is a sort of unofficial Holiday in the USA - and publishers take their holidays seriously!
The long and the short of it all is that the release of The Butcher's Boy has been delayed until later next week when hopefully, some semblance of order will return after the chaos of the festive break.
And whilst you are enjoying the lull in reading material, what better way to enrich yourselves than by making your fortune on the Bitcoin 'merry-go-round'. I've decided to gamble a modest amount in the crypto-currency lottery - I hasten to mention that I won't gamble any more than I'd spend on coffee in a year - a light hearted attempt to lift the gloom that seems to abound in the popular press or on-line.
At this stage I'm not sure which will make me financially independent first - being an Author or a Bitcoin buccaneer? Probably neither I suspect.
Not that it's make much of a difference, I'll only have to hand it over to my wife or my children or some other well deserving 'charity!'