Yes I am now www.drewgummerson.co.uk. In the future when my many fans flock towards me (Note from the editor - ‘Can one person truly by said to ‘flock’?’, ‘Or be ‘many’?’) I will no longer have to cast my hands novelistically in the air and say, ‘Just Google me’. Meaning my old website address was a few cats and a rabbit short of the Magna Carta.
For those of you who are interested and I didn’t know myself, it is very easy to buy a domain name (i.e. www.drewgummerson.co.uk). I did it from here, but there are loads of others and it cost £5 for two years. All web traffic to your chosen domain name is then sent to your old website (if you have one).
It’s been a good and busy week so why I found myself at one o’clock this morning sitting on the side of the bath sobbing I don’t know. I’d just been watching Michael Jackson perform Billie Jean at Motown 25 and I think I was reminded of the time I’d first watched it with my mum, my dad and my brother, all of us together. Or listening to Thriller on the bus to France on holiday and thinking it would be great if I sat upstairs right at the front. And then the sun came up and up and up.
That’s the thing about past. It is always behind you.
And I was emotional anyway because I finished the third draft of the Penguin Variations yesterday. When you get to the end you always think, ‘this is shit. I’m rubbish. I’m stuck in a call centre till I die with a phone welded to my ear’.
Then this morning I got a call from the BBC as you do at 10:30 on a Sunday morning. They want one of my stories. Woo hoo! If you read this blog you know I love the BBC. So woo hoo!
I’d sent them the story a couple of years ago. The person who read it originally liked it but was told to send it back. She has since left that post, returned to a position of more power and this time it’s in. Or on. It’s not signed in blood yet, but it should be ok.
Also this week I was proof-reading my story ‘Intimacy’ which is going to be in ‘Boys In Heat’ out in June. So for those of you who like hot boy on boy action (and who doesn’t?) note it in your diary. Actually my story is about a policeman who is sent to train a Polish bicycle task force, there is a serial killer cutting off penises, some stuff about the Catholic Church and Al Qaeda. The usual.
And finally this week I was at a photo-shoot for Leicester’s What’s Your Favourite Book. You can see the damage here. Nice to see everyone dressed colourfully in complete black...
Currently reading - Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
Currently listening to - Duran Duran, Red Carpet Massacre, Sweeney Todd, and Michael Jackson, Thriller.