21st December 2007
Hogswatch Wishes From Terry
We have had many tens of thousands of e-mails from people and
the letter flood is just beginning to bite (hilariously, spam traps here
tend to pick up things like 'medication' and treat quite a lot of the mail
as spam. If we switch them off, we get all the spam too - hurrah!). All
this good will is appreciated, although there is no way on gods earth
that I will be able to reply to even a fraction of you. I would like
people to bear in mind that I have been diagnosed quite early after
an MRI scan and a whole afternoon of tests. While nothing is
certain, one does not have to be unduly optimistic to believe that I
will be around and, hopefully, working for some time to come. My
advice, therefore, is to calm down and await events. I have not
actually gone, yet.
As an aside, thanks to everyone who bought Making Money making
it, we understand, the best selling hardback fiction of 2007. At least
that's what the figures say. It will be interesting to see if the papers
say it too.
14th December 2007
Classic FM - Saturday 15th / Sunday 16th December
|Join all of the Classic FM presenters for their annual charity on-air auction in aid of the Classic FM Music Makers. There will be celebrity guests and money can’t buy prizes, exclusive experiences and perfect Christmas presents up for grabs such as dinner with Terry (and Rob) at OXO in London. Click HERE for more details.
12th December 2007
My good friend Sandra Kidby of PJSM Prints is allowing me to use her website because I am proverbially too busy to run one of my own. We have hardly the time even to read the thousands of messages that have come in here, let alone reply to them, but thank you all.
Could I make a small comment, however? Lots of people are sending me plot ideas. Please, I have a lot of ideas. There is no shortage of ideas and ideas sent to me, even with the very best of intentions, are carefully filleted out of the correspondence before they even get to me. I know they are sent in an effort to help, and I appreciate this, but I advise you not to waste your time.
I am also getting a lot of requests for interviews. I am not giving any because everything I have got to say or that can be said is in the bulletin below. There is no point in saying it again, but in a different order.
Can I remind everybody that I still aten’t dead, even today.
Thanks again for all your good wishes.
11th December 2007
I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but
because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my
publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news. I have
been diagnosed with a very rare form of early
onset Alzheimer's, which
lay behind this year's phantom "stroke".
We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a
mild optimism. For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals.
All other things being equal, I
expect to meet most current and, as far
as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various
organisers. Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful,
because I think there's time for at least a few more books yet :o)
PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above
that this should
be interpreted as 'I am not dead'. I will, of course,
be dead at some future point, as
will everybody else. For me, this
maybe further off than you think - it's too soon to tell.
I know it's a very human thing to say "Is there anything I can do", but in this case I
would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain