Much happier in Hong Kong!!

March 16, 2010 at 09:41 (1)

Did a couple of excellent schools events this morning in Hong Kong. Great crowds in a great venue. I also had a nice little room this time, where I could relax beforehand. I think that was one of the problems yesterday — there was nowhere for me to chill before my events. That might not seem like a big thing, but it actually made a big difference. Instead of calming down somewhere nice and secluded before I took to the stage, I had to wander around, steaming. I also did a signing session in Hong Kong International School, which was a nice bonus. Having slept on it, I think I reacted a bit harsher than necessary yesterday — I was very disappointed that the organisers had only booked a room for 70 people for my public event, and I still am, but the school events were top-notch. I think they were just too focused on those, and didn’t realise how important the public events are to me. I love a good mix on tour, of school events and public events. The school events here were better than in many places that I visit (bar the hiccups I had yesterday). If I’d had another public event or a signing session tonight, I could have lived with the small venue yesterday. Ultimately, I just wasn’t worked as hard here as I like to be. I think, in future, I need to be firmer with organisers of events like these in advance, and tell them that I’ll only be truly happy if they work me till I drop!!!!!

Hmmm… It’s been a strange couple of days!! I’m reminded of the opening line of A Tale of Two Cities — “It was the best of times and the worst of times!!” The school events were fab — the public event (while perfectly fine when taken just on its own terms) a letdown, and I let my temper get the better of me and reared up on the organisers, which is VERY rare on tour (in fact, I think it’s only the third time that has ever happened). Not a tour that I’ll forget in a hurry!!! Now we’re off for dinner with Kimmy, one of my Chinese publishers, and then it’s on to the airport and back to Dubai for a little bit of beach time — hurrah!!!!!


  1. devlo said,

    i went on an ancestor ything and its says you were never born hows that???

  2. kimmy said,

    Dear Darren, i was so happy to see you and Beth yesterday. I love you and Beth!!!hope i can see you again very soon, and i am looking forward for your new books~~~

  3. christy said,

    Hello. I am CHRISTY. I met with you in the 15th, and still remember me?

  4. Queenie said,

    Hi, I am Queenie and we met in the 16th morning.
    I am sure that you won’t remember me. LOL
    I love you and your books. I am waiting for the books about Mr Crepsley.

    • christy said,

      Waiting for the books about Mr Crepsley.+1

  5. Valentina said,

    Hi Darren! I’m your big fan from Hong Kong. Awww i ‘m so upset that i didn’t receive any news regarding your trip to Hong Kong so i missed the golden chance to meet you! I hope you would visit Hong Kong again, and I think you’ll absolutely love the traditional food here! In the Chinese publisher DS forum, most (really most) of the fans hope you’ll publish a Larten Crepsley Prologue series, we love Larten so much!!!(we miss him a lot after his death)
    I’m wondering if you got any plans of writing a prologue series?
    Last but not least, thank you for all your hard work on writing marvelous and unputdownable books! I love you! xoxo

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