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Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth

I handed in Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth a hour or so ago.

It's not done, because Deb Layne (mme_publisher) will find all the bits that I wrote badly, and the bits where I was stupid, and it will come back, and I will fix up what I missed. That's how it goes. But in the way that you speak about this stuff, the book is done, and it clocks in at thirty six thousand words. Once the index is added, and a few other bits and pieces, including the art, I hope, the thing will be a slim novel. Well, a slim autobiography. Which is pretty wild when you think that it began as a fucking meme in June, and has been totally subverted, kicked round, and beaten into the book that it is now.

There's an energy in the book, I think. A natural burn of energy. Andy's (andrewmacrae) cover captures that. When he first showed it, he said that he did it in a rush of energy and inspiration, and that, really, has been how this whole book has run.

I'm trying to think of a way to sum the experience of writing Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth. Essentially, I've run out the final months of being twenty-nine writing this book, and it is an autobiography, which strikes me as just about the most surreal thing in the world to have written. But it's more than that. Right at the start Deb told me to go as far as I could with it, and I did. Publisher trust is a beautiful thing, even if I end up hanging myself with the rope. In the end, Twenty-Sixe Lies/One Truth is not just the autobiography of a man who has been nowhere, done nothing, and met nobody, but it is also about truth, and author hoaxes, and that grey morality of life. It is born out of this blog and it is about my life, about nothing I've done, and dozens of dead people I will never meet. It's the book I never saw writing.

It's cool, like that, and it'll surprise a lot of people.

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artbroken
Aug. 29th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
Much respect.
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
word :)
kazzibee
Aug. 29th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC)
Woohoo! Congrats :D
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
thanks
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benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
it's strange, isn't it? i figure if i had sat down and asked myself what i was going to write for this book, it wouldn't have worked. there's no way this thing would have got past the first chapter, but here i am, all finished, and it looking like it's going to be some graphic novel, autobiography, experimental fiction hybrid. strange word.

i'm hoping i'll have an early copy by rimfire. bring it down, show it round.
ex_benpayne119
Aug. 29th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
Well done. Look forward to getting hold of a copy.

benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
groove :)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 29th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Mr Peek. Let us know when it's ready for buying.
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
thanks.

never fear about not knowing when you can buy. this blog is all about the pimpage ;)
nick_kaufmann
Aug. 29th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Very cool. Good luck with it!
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
thanks!
ratmmjess
Aug. 29th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
thanks!
mme_publisher
Aug. 29th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
My trust was well-placed. But I knew it would be.

benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
:)
bodhichitta0
Aug. 29th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
I will buy of course, and pimp for you when it comes out. And I don't just pimp for anybody, baby. ;-)

Congrats. Looking forward to reading it.
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
neatness :) pimpage ahoy!
catsparx
Aug. 29th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
Man, are you seriously going to turn 30 this year??? i can't believe it! remember that really rude thing I used to say to you in arguments... How I couldn't wait till you turned 30 so we could have a decent conversation...
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
i know, i know. it's bumming me out, man. thirty. who the fuck turns thirty? and yet i still have all the same ridiculous relationship crap, poorly paid employment, and no prospects for the future that i had five years ago. ten even.

so i wouldn't hold out for the decent conversation ;)
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catsparx
Aug. 29th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
shaddap junior...
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
heh. you know, the worse part is that i actually get both sides of this now...
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(Anonymous)
Aug. 30th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
I woun d up doing extensive pre-pimping of the book.

Cos, like, at least 100 people asked why "I Hate Ben Peek" and then I just had to pitch...
benpeek
Aug. 30th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
neatness :)

thanks muchly, mr/ms anonymous person. also, i was kinda wondered if people would ask bout them badges...
shadowsandice
Aug. 30th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
Congratulations.

Sorry. That's all I can give you right now. Crashed.
benpeek
Aug. 30th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC)
heh. that's cool. thanks :)

i hope you had a neat time.
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