Publish and be damned.

Well it’s taken me two and a half years to write but now, hopefully, I’m into the last week or two ahead of the publication of the history of Bilston Town football club. It’s been a long and hard slog, but very enjoyable indeed. Although now the book is done and the editing is underway, details that I’d not considered like the cover design and then the marketing has to be done. But hopefully they are just small details that I can cobble together in a reasonable time frame.

What has amazed me is that I’ve managed to do it at all. I’ve learned so much about what can be achieved if you put your mind to something, make a plan and just work hard at it. The research was brutal, it lasted for 17 months, and at times I felt like it would never end or I would never get it done. But I did and after ten months of writing up the research I’m starting to realise all of the late nights, the worrying and the neglect of my social life has been worth it.

A book will at least exist after all of this and that’s what the journey has all been about. I’m sure some people will love it and some won’t. I already know some people will praise it and some people will criticise it, but its part of the territory and I don’t really listen to praise or ridicule anyway. Only I know what it’s taken to produce, it’s been my journey, with a lot of help and advice and support.

And now part of me is glad and part of me is sad. Glad it’s drawing to an end and sad it’s drawing to an end. I think that’s what they call ambivalence aint it?

What I need to do now is work out what I’m going to do with the time I have on my hands without this project, now I’m used to only 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night. Maybe it’s time to start blogging properly again.

Oh well until next time, take care each!