Oh, Jesus. It’s worse than I thought.
OMG I KNOW A FAMOUS PERSON! ::hee::
[eye-roll] Yeah, I’m sure that’s exactly the news Micky wanted to get with his cornflakes and orange juice. It was certainly a rough morning for me!
I got an email around lunchtime from Iain Lee, letting me know that the initial leak came from monkees.net. Well, that was a surprise—I had assumed that I would have to go on bended knee and beg for a mention on their newsfeed. I sent a message to the site asking them to take the announcement down, and got a curiously terse message back saying that I should have let them know that I had a book in the pipeline rather than letting them find out about it from Google.
Via Jon Blum on Facebook
I understand about 78% of this. I get the rest, I just don’t have the advanced knowledge to understand it. And I love, love, love the second to last phrase of the song.
Oh, Jesus. It’s worse than I thought.
Please do not reblog this post. Reply, if you wish; Like all you want, but don’t spread this any further.
There was a bit of a hiccup overnight, as a couple of eager gentlemen over in the UK managed to notice something that I had not intended to make public, and announced what they found on various social media sites. It’s my own fault, assuming that my obscurity would ensure that Nobody Would Notice Anything until I worked to draw attention to it.
Fortunately, I got wind of it when I woke up this morning, and the parties involved have been very gracious about withdrawing their posts.
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I *think* I’m properly back now. Apologies for my absence over the last month, but I’ve had Work Stuff, Life Stuff (we’re buying a house), Writing Stuff and Health Stuff all hit me at once.
The Writing Stuff was, in large part, my book about Doctor Who, which I did manage to get officially…
Erp… no elease-ray on the ook-bay. [waives hands and tried to get Andrew to Take That Back].
I’ve deleted it from the post — I did think it odd I’d not seen you mention it on Twitter, but thought I must have missed it — but Iain Lee posted about it on FB, so I think your genie is out of the bottle…
Goes to Facebook to try to stuff genie back into the bottle….
Peter with a sitar :)
Oh yes, very talented—but I can’t help captioning this photo with Peter saying to George, “Okay, I’ve put my fingers where you told me to. Now what do I do?”
Mailbag from a 1969 magazine, including this delightfully acerbic review of 33 and 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee:
I have just watched the Monkee Spectacular on BBC2, and was really shocked. Why not re-name the show “The Jools Driscoll and Brian Auger Sectacular”? We saw more of them than our Monkees. And instead of the boys doing their usual zany performance, there was 50 minutes of dancing, weird noises and “The Trinity”—all of which add up to rubbish that has nothing to do with our Monkees. I would rather have seen one of the original Monkee programmes again, instead of this spectacular.
A devoted, but disgusted, Monkee fan,
Rona J. Monro
As the episode begins, the camera is focused on the framed sampler on the wall: Money is the Root of All Evil. As Mike goes to answer the knock on the door, Peter cheats him at checkers. And as Mike contemplates success, the mailman tells him that High Class Music Publishers already ripped…
About the nitpick
Second Runner-Up Nitpick
In their first meeting outside Bernie’s office, the elderly songwriter tells Mike that his song is titled My Funny Valentine. In the tag scene, Mike asks him the title of the song again—and now, it’s I Want to Buy Me a Dog.
I always thought that the old man was a scam artist who had stolen Mike’s song and was passing it off as his own.
Good point. Another evil twist, like Toby turning wicked at the end of Monkees a la Mode? Could be. (And the title of that song just kept changing….)
I hope this uploads correctly (meaning NO SHRINKING, TUMBLR).
Decided to do a quick comparison of my current Monkees drawings against my old ones. There’s a 15 year difference there. Amazing.
Some things have stayed nearly the same: Mike’s hair, Micky’s nose, Davy’s eyebrows, Peter’s nose… But thankfully, a LOT has improved in my opinion.
Pretty sure I was entering my anime phase back then. The way I drew Davy’s eyes in ‘97 is horrendous. D: I still give him big ol’ doe eyes, but not…face-eating ones.
Your old style had style, but I do like the slightly more naturalistic (while still delightfully whimsical) stuff you’ve done recently. I’ve missed seeing your “Ask a Monkee” cartoons.
chaoskirin replied to your photoset “The proof arrived and… it’s not perfect. Just scrolling randomly,…”
It takes, on average, about one year for someone to get a book published from submission to shelves, so, statistically, you’re doing pretty well!
That’s certainly another way of looking at it! I do appreciate the thoughts.
The other couple of people who weighed in also said that I should stick to my guns and require corrections rather than lowering my standards just to meet an artificial deadline. The book will come when it comes.
I’m going to try to relax now…
The proof arrived and… it’s not perfect. Just scrolling randomly, I’ve already found two errors. There’s a random page break left in the middle of the review of I’ve Got a Little Song Here, and the agreed-upon spacing between songs in the Music essay is present in some instances and not in others.
This is, in a way, the worst-case scenario for today. First of all, it means I’m going to have to do a fine-tooth comb review of the whole proof. Second, I’m going to have to decide whether to live with these mistakes in my book (MY BOOK) or just ignore them. If I ask for changes, it’s likely going to push publication back to January.
On a brighter note, my book went on a diet and lost 40 pages.