The Dim-Post

May 11, 2016

Finally, something that we can all be ecstatically excited about

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 11:39 am


My new book has come back from the printers. Opening paragraph:

Danyl stepped off the bus then stepped away as it pulled out from the kerb, splashing up sheets of spray. Its tail lights mixed with the lights reflected in the wet black streets. The hiss of its tyres mixed with the rain.
And the rain was cold. So cold. He took shelter under a leaky shop awning and watched the bus continue to the end of Aro Street then turn left and vanish. It was just past midnight. Mid-winter. He’d been away for six long months, but now he was back.
Back in the worst place in the world.

The launch party will be at Unity Books Wellington on the evening of June 14th. Everyone is welcome! Even everyone from the comments section!


  1. Wahoo

    party party party 🙂


    Comment by Antoine — May 11, 2016 @ 11:41 am

  2. Big congrats!

    Comment by Mandy Hger — May 11, 2016 @ 11:48 am

  3. Congrats, I hope it’s as good as the last one!

    Comment by Nick R — May 11, 2016 @ 12:07 pm

  4. Will an ebook version be available?

    Comment by Richard — May 11, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

  5. That should fill that comic-novel-with-a-protagonist-named-after-the-author hole I’ve been looking to fill. Do you know if there will be an eBook release?

    Comment by Bren — May 11, 2016 @ 12:50 pm

  6. Oh grand! Something to read on the ferry!

    Comment by MeToo — May 11, 2016 @ 1:04 pm

  7. I think anyone who has lived in that damp sunshine hole of the Aro valley would agree

    Comment by Richardw — May 11, 2016 @ 1:12 pm

  8. Imma let you finish but “It was a dark and stormy night” is the best opening line eva!

    Comment by Mark Harris — May 11, 2016 @ 1:12 pm

  9. Congratulations!

    Comment by Deborah — May 11, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

  10. Writing as a long term Aro Valleyite i’d like to see an `arguably’ inserted into that last sentence – I know it would lose a little of its dramatic punch but due to the intrinsic nature of my `sub’urban DNA it’s impossible for me to let that one slide

    Comment by rodaigh — May 11, 2016 @ 1:33 pm

  11. With an opening like that, you’re going to give the great Chuck Tingle a run for his money in the e-book stakes.

    Congrats of your latest effort!

    Comment by Gregor W — May 11, 2016 @ 1:38 pm

  12. When is it for sale Danyl?

    Comment by Ana — May 11, 2016 @ 1:39 pm

  13. Will an ebook version be available?

    Yes. I’ll post something on ebooks closer to the launch date.

    Comment by danylmc — May 11, 2016 @ 1:41 pm

  14. When is it for sale Danyl?

    I think the release date is the same day as the launch party, ie June 14th. Although these things are subject to change.

    Comment by danylmc — May 11, 2016 @ 1:54 pm

  15. I hope the Steve character is in this second book. He was the best thing about your first one but he wasn’t in it enough. Shame. Still pretty good though.

    Comment by Jimmy — May 11, 2016 @ 2:02 pm

  16. I hope the Steve character is in this second book.

    Prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

    Comment by danylmc — May 11, 2016 @ 3:05 pm

  17. Did anyone ever find that copy of the first one you hid along with the unfathomable riddle?

    Comment by Jake — May 11, 2016 @ 7:37 pm

  18. The Aro Valley being a sunless damp pit has that impact on people.

    Well done

    Comment by Richard — May 11, 2016 @ 9:52 pm

  19. A milestone in anyone’s life, is this. The difficult second album. I’ve been writing something for ages and have reworded and cut hacked and lopped at my phrasing until I think I might have got it right. However, the kindest word I can summon up to describe my efforts is ‘Quixotic’.

    Few know the leap of faith and courage required to get to the published stage.

    Congratulations again.

    Comment by leeharmanclark — May 11, 2016 @ 10:23 pm

  20. Sorry, that should have been ‘leaps’. Perhaps.

    Comment by leeharmanclark — May 11, 2016 @ 10:23 pm

  21. This is infuriating me!
    ” It was just past midnight”
    Please, please. What bus runs in Aro Street after midnight?
    Can’t say that your book is already making me think though.
    Good luck with it.

    Comment by alwyn — May 12, 2016 @ 6:17 pm

  22. Aro valley way less geeky than this IMO

    Comment by Hamish — May 13, 2016 @ 9:10 pm

  23. I may actually be back in Wellington that week!
    Congrat’s anyway, if I don’t get to Unity books in the right week. Good job done!

    Comment by anarkaytie — May 13, 2016 @ 10:45 pm

  24. Also: did you set the narrative in the 80’s, when the Aro St bus ran at night later than it does now? (As pretty much all the bus routes did, fwiw, I lived on PT for years without a car of my own.)

    Comment by anarkaytie — May 13, 2016 @ 10:48 pm

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