But events have overtaken me.
Specifically, the launch of Jonathan Mayhew's amazing new Victorian gothic book MORTLOCK (the young heroine is a knife thrower. How cool is that?)
I went to the book launch (originally, I wasn't invited but we SCBWI people have our ways and managed to force Jon to give up some invites).
It was a thrilling evening at the Water Poet pub in Shoreditch - if you ignored the fabulous shopping and cafes and restaurants, it's like, cobbled Jack the Ripper land. Here is a slideshow of launch photos (thanks to Kathryn Evans and Sue Eves for additional photos):
Did I mention that most of the attendees had a striking resemblance to Jon?
The Mayhew family. Jon said the heroes were composites of his children - or did he say villains?
The SCBWI crowd turned up dressed in Victorian black with a touch of raven and shadows.
A tall, dark and handsome stranger flung himself into Mr. Mayhew's arms. It was the Dark Knight aka fellow author of gothic horror Sarwat Chadda.
Dances with Gothic Horror authors
Beautiful women threw themselves at Jon's feet.
He wrote my name down!
The book itself was a thing of beauty.
Red endpapers and pages edged in black
Congratulations, Jon! We are proud of you!