Hi Ho, Hi Ho. Off to Meet A Deadline we Go.

Big moment.

The many words I’ve written on many pages are going off to be sent off and scrutinised, discarded, red-carded, rearranged and tut-tutted. Or as commonly known, edited. I am going full adult. Hiring professionals. Getting invoiced.  Peeps, I’ve been given a DEADLINE.  I’ve adulted myself right in the kahunas.

My life with a DEADLINE, began as any good story does, with an innocent, oblivious protagonist skipping tra-la-la along the way, sucking on rainbow lollipops (literally made out of rainbows) and singing to the bluebirds (literally birds that are blue) who follow her around and feed her pieces of Cadbury Dairy Milk Lamington chocolate, which is rarer than unicorn rainbow tears and the only exciting thing about the Olympics.

Put it back on the shelves, Cadbury, for the love of god.

Life is good in La-La Land.

Our protagonist *cough* me, has conversations like this –

Stranger who looks a lot like Tom Hiddleston –  ‘Well goodness gracious me, what a fine looking deadline you have there, Miss Incredibly Attractive Person.’

Me – ‘Why, thank you Equally Incredibly Attractive Person. I made it myself. Isn’t it a beauty?’

We chit-chat a while, then I head off and studiously avoid thinking about that deadline.  I develop a deep-set desire to create a crocheted replica of a much loved dog I lost two years ago. In miniature.

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My name is Sam. I am adorable. Love mini-me.

I take a self defense class.


No, kind sir, you cannot have my hat. Be gone with you.

And do a bit of cooking –

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Onion soup with splinter croutons it is.

After a relaxing hike, I am ready to DEADLINE.

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Which is extremely fortunate as I now have the grand total of one day to get 92k words ready to be scrutinised, discarded, red-carded, rearranged and tut-tutted. Or as commonly known, edited.

Breathing is oddly difficult today. Must be the Melbourne air. And I’m pretty sure that knot in my belly is last night’s bean chilli.

I’m run to my desk, knuckles cracking, coffee ready, internet De-internetted (commonly known as switched off) when I’m blocked by that bastard again.

Stranger who looks a lot like Tom Hiddleston –  ‘Well goodness gracious me -”

Me – ‘Piss right off  Hiddes. No one wants to see your dreamy goodness right now. I’m adulting. Get out of my face.’





  1. Anonymous Mikie on August 4, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Oooh! So when is the deadline? What’s the book? When are you back on the internets!?!? Inquiring minds want to know!!

  2. Moi on August 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Oh! Now this is getting exciting!

    • DanKG on August 4, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      Tis indeed!!

  3. Moi on August 4, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Oh now this is exciting news !

  4. Tam on August 4, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    With all that is happening in your life right now…let’s add a bucket load more of anxiety and stress! Only you Reggie, would throw yourself to the wolves as you pack up to leave for another adventure on another continent without a stress in the world (yeah right!!)
    Actually, that’s not what I’m thinking at all. I’m thinking, “Congratulations on making that big scary leap & before you know it J K Rowlings will be calling to congratulate you on being published and a NUMBER ONE BEST SELLER!!!”

    • DanKG on August 4, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks lovely! I’ll be happy with getting my first handful of happy readers to begin with 🙂

  5. Madeleine D'Este on August 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Hoorah, being a grown-up! Or better yet, turning pro. You’re serious now, lady.
    I’m the complete opposite to you. Procrastinating stresses me out more than actually working.
    But hey, whatever gets the books shipped.

    • DanKG on August 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      I think I need to be more like you though! Ultimately saves a lot of last minute freaking out.

  6. M. Unchie on August 5, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Woo hoo!! Our little girl is growing up!! I’m so very excited by this!!
    What’s the time line now…when can we sees things and stuffs…

    • DanKG on August 5, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Awww gee thanks! I’m a big kid now. Diapers are off! There will be a cover reveal in October – so a little bit more waiting to go. Aiming for 8th December for launch. 🙂 Will let you know when advance copies go on sale….hey you need to buy a Kobo or a Kindle

      • Anonymous Mikie on August 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        …or grab a print copy of course, if that’s your thing! (Will be available through Amazon, or global distribution via IngramSpark)

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