24 September 2005 @ 12:06 am
Forgive me if this is garbled, but I've just gotten home from the signing.  

The line was hellishly long, and the interior of the church (yes, this event was held in a church) was hellishly hot, but once everybody was inside, it started up promptly. I had the privelege of meeting up with the lovely obopolsk and the equally lovely ofrabjousday, who has already posted what she managed to capture on video. Lacking a transcript, however, I'm going to cut to the chase. After reading a segment from Anansi Boys, Neil said he'd start taking the questions. I raised my hand, not expecting to be called on since there were in excess of 500 people in attendance, but before I knew it he'd pointed at me. So, I stood up and said the same thing I'd said to Terry, only I added, "Terry said he couldn't remember what it was that the two of you had decided they were doing in the South Downs, so I thought maybe you might."

Neil proceeded to go off on an explanation that the first time they'd ever discussed a sequel was back around the time Good Omens itself was first published, and that said conversation had happened at some convention where the two of them were sharing a hotel room to save money (at the time, neither was as successful as they are now). They'd been drinking down at the hotel bar, but Terry went up to bed first, and when Neil finally came back to the room, he was trying to be quiet and find his way in the dark. At this point, Terry, apparently awake, asked if his parents knew he was out and about at this hour. From there, they proceeded to have one of those bleary, early-morning conversations that resulted in the whole potential-sequel concept as the Second Coming, with Jesus arriving in a silver plane with angelic secret service agents, and getting lost in Times Square, etc. He said that this sequel idea corresponded with their then-worldview, ca. 1990, but things are of course very different now. The conversation that he and Terry had earlier this year established that, well, the political climate is a lot different now, and if they ever write a sequel, it will be drastically different from the original concept.

And then, quite simply, he ended the ramble with, "Well, what they're doing on the South Downs is sharing a cottage."
 
 
 
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Exquisite waste of timequantum_witch on September 24th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
Yes indeed. Proves us all right. Gotta love Neil and Terry for that, and so much more! *Glee!*
Adrienne: Alteraajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
Well, what it proves more than anything is that, yes, they really are the most important creatures in all of creation to each other, and that's that. It's the heart of the matter, really, no matter what else your personal subscription to the relationship happens to include :)
(no subject) - quantum_witch on September 24th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Thia: Muses threejennaria on September 24th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
CANON.

I consider myself quite fortunate that I didn't squeak or anything equally undignified when he said that.
Adrienne: Damnajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:48 am (UTC)
It took every ounce of self-control I have, which is probably too much of it, to just sit there and smile and look delighted as opposed to looking absolutely like my heart had stopped for joy. Um, yeah.
(no subject) - muchabstracted on September 25th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ajodasso on September 25th, 2005 03:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
had it with being your kid sidekicksotto_voice on September 24th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
I knew whoever asked that question was from lower_tadfield! I did squee like a motherfucker at "sharing a cottage" and the Aziraphale watching porn bit, while my friend and his roommate just stared at me. The heat and the hour and a half wait for the book-signing was pretty crap, but it was amazing!
Adrienneajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:47 am (UTC)
I'm a nosy creature, I fear, but getting called on was really just luck, considering how many people were there! I wish I'd known more of you than just obopolsk and vampie6 were there. We're clearly not very coordinated around here.
Renaissance Girlelanor_two on September 24th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
I seriously nearly squealed out loud when I read that.
I can't wait to get back to my real computer (at work now) so I can see the video.

I really need to think of a good G.O. question to ask when he comes....
Adrienne: Alteraajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:47 am (UTC)
Her video cut off before he got to the end and the answer, sadly, but at least she got up through the Aziraphale-trying-to-watch-porn-in-two-minute-clips part ;)
Briannabriebribeez on September 24th, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
YAY.
Adrienne: Je vos plevis.ajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
Have a glass of wine and celebrate.
Shala: yay!shala on September 24th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
THAT WAS YOU? OMG.

I was like five or six rows behind you, squeeing happily with a small bunch of friends. And also at the Pratchett signing last week when you asked the question! I had no clue who that was . . . Really haven't been checking this comm very much the past few months, and that's what I get isn't it. *shame*
Adrienne: Blurred lineajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:45 am (UTC)
...er, yes, it was me. Hello, and I'm sorry we didn't get to say hello, in which case! :(

It's always fun to throw your friends off with the intensity of your reaction to something, isn't it? There are few things more satisfying than baffled looks, I find.
(no subject) - shala on September 25th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
The Muffinlovessacrifice on September 24th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
What with his admission about how the slash fangirls would have a field day and this, it's good to know that these authors won't go about smashing our fun.

I also need therapy, because I swear that description of Gaiman and Pratchett sharing a hotel made me think "wow... that sounds like they were a couple."
Adrienneajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:44 am (UTC)
No, it doesn't sound like that at all, really, but I do find their friendship absolutely endearing :) And as for the fun aspect, well, all I did was ask what they were doing on the South Downs, because I wanted to know, and a bunch of inquiring minds wanted to know. Whether your intention is slash or not, here's the answer, and it's a delightful one!
(no subject) - lovessacrifice on September 24th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - fickle_goddess on September 24th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - fickle_goddess on September 24th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - fickle_goddess on September 24th, 2005 06:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - empy on September 24th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lovessacrifice on September 24th, 2005 06:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
Furuparzi on September 24th, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing what you heard! I think what I love most about these two is that, despite being these bestselling authors, they remind me of me and my friends. Whenever I've gotten together with online friends that I roleplay with, that's all we do, talk about out character's futures and pasts far into the night. It's just so awesome that they do that too.
And having no idea what South Downs is, I promptly went and Wiki'ed - for the others who also didn't know, go look, it's the most gorgeous place: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Downs
Adrienne: Ciel-sur-merajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:42 am (UTC)
After Neil made the blog post that made me determined to ask the question if ever I had the chance in the first place, I went and did as much reading up on the Downs as I could find. They sound and look as lovely as the Cotswolds country that I got to see back in March, and I couldn't think of a finer place in which to have a cottage.
The Prince of Fists, Mr. Punch: (Good Omens) Aziraphalelintwhite on September 24th, 2005 05:06 am (UTC)
I do believe I might pass out.
Hal J. Bender: game overhjbender on September 24th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
I'm with lintwhite. Solid coma in 5... 4... IloveyouNeil... 2... 1... shut down.


*sizzle*
(no subject) - ajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
Moneypenny: they fight crime!jeanne_dark on September 24th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC)
So. Where's the fic of them sharing a cottage?

(In other words: squeeeee! =D)
Adrienne: Barrenajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
So. Where's the fic of them sharing a cottage?

...I'm thinking about it. Very carefully *wry grin*

(Squeeeee indeed!)
harvester of eyes, that's me: ineffablelove_by_cinnamonbloodvulgarweed on September 24th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)
Oh, how wonderful! Thanks so much for the tale.


heeeeCANON.
Adrienne: Black sun over Parisajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:41 am (UTC)
It was, every minute of it, worth sitting through that ungodly heat. And Neil was a saint for signing to the end. We left at 9:30 and there was still a considerable lineup of people behind us!
(no subject) - vulgarweed on September 24th, 2005 05:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
cinnamonblood on September 24th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
Just passing through...
Hi! *little wave*

I just wanted to say YAY! I've been wondering about the South Downs thing myself! Thank you so much for asking and sharing that because OMG THAT IS FANTASTIC and did I mention YAY? Because yeah.
Adrienne: Anne Bonneyajodasso on September 24th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
Re: Just passing through...
I'm glad that even if Terry claimed to have forgotten, Neil remembered. Between the two of them, I was determined to get an answer for everybody, even if it meant being called on at both events was a long shot. Fortunately, the long-shot came true.
Re: Just passing through... - cinnamonblood on September 24th, 2005 06:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Just passing through... - ajodasso on September 24th, 2005 06:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
A fine specimen of hypermagical ultraomnipotence: temptationempy on September 24th, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)
I love you so much for asking that question. :)
Adrienne: Alteraajodasso on September 24th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
...and I love your icon, that's lovely Wow.
The Mama: Upraised Angelwhimsicalmusing on September 24th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
*squeak*
Adrienne: Aziraphaleajodasso on September 24th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
That's what I wanted to do while he was answering, because I was thinking, whoa, he's going to answer, I know he will, he's just taking a circuitous route getting there but at least being far more succinct than Terry!
corporal_katz on September 24th, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
One word: CANON.

(Oh man, this SO makes up for the utter disappoint that was Remus/Tonks in HBP. *wanders away from the HP fandom forever...*)
Adrienne: Ciel-sur-merajodasso on September 24th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
No disagreements on either count.
iRamble: GOineffableredatt on September 24th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
Squee! Just, squee! :o)
Adrienne: Poetic Difficultiesajodasso on September 24th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
...you people and your clever icons. I salute you.
P a p e rpaper_apples on September 24th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
Thank you for your persistence about South Downs. Sharing a cottage.

Adrienne: Coelacanthsajodasso on September 24th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'm stubborn as they come. But now we all know!
(no subject) - paper_apples on September 25th, 2005 09:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
ogdred weary: go: aziraphale gets manicureskyraille on September 24th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
Sharing. A cottage!
Adrienne: Black sun over Parisajodasso on September 24th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
Sharing a cottage. Yes.
Synecdoche: vote angeldemonsynekdokee on September 24th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
Sharing a cottage.

Oh my.

You know, I'm beginning to wonder if Neil and Terry, after realising how many people were pairing A/C together, decided to make it sami-canon...

Hey. Thanks again :) So if you ever, er, need something from Finland, just let me know. Though I can't imagine a situation like that.
Adrienne: Bleuajodasso on September 24th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
Well, why don't you tell me about the cool stuff you have in Finland :) I'm an easily convinced person.
(no subject) - synekdokee on September 24th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Argyle: perfectly tragic!argyleheir on September 24th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Domestic bliss!

*squee*

It is as simple as that, isn't it?
Adrienne: Ma'atajodasso on September 24th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
As simple as ever we were wont to imagine. Yes.

*dances*
(no subject) - argyleheir on September 24th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Pipbeetle_breath on September 24th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
Hah! The fangirl in me did a little tapdance, even though it's an ungodly [hoho] hour.


Yeee, I need to think of a really good question to ask him. Besides if he vibrates.
Apologies for the selfpimpage.
Adrienne: Ale and Whoresajodasso on September 24th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
Apologies? Whatever for! People, go look at this girl's cartoon; it's adorable!
(no subject) - beetle_breath on September 24th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
you do not cross a sugarbaker woman: crowley/aziraphale are such the otpmarksykins on September 24th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
Okay, I don't usually make squealing noises out loud, but I did it just now. Neil is so good to us.
Adrienne: Holding onajodasso on September 24th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
This was the first time I've ever been to see him. I'll never let an opportunity slip should he come nearby again. And it makes me want to think up more obscure, offhand questions, but at the moment, I have none, because the South Downs post on his blog has really been the only one of its kind in recent memory. I think I could be content with this from now on. I don't need a sequel. All I need is what he said. If I was forced to have one last, perfect memory of these characters, I'd want to think of them in a cottage on the Downs. That's all.
ex_zirah911 on September 24th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing all this ^_^ I live in Sweden and Neil is just so far, far away... Thank Someone for the Internet.
Adrienne: A/C portraitajodasso on September 24th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
It's not unheard-of for Neil to tour in non-U.K. localities across the pond, so who knows, your day may well be coming :)
all you need is love: [yay/omg/squee]penm on September 24th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
Jesus coming down in a silver plane with the angelic secret service, and getting lost in Times Square, etc. He said that this sequel idea corresponded with the then-worldview, namely ca. 1990, but things are of course very different now. The conversation that he and Terry had earlier this year established that, well, the political climate is a lot different now, and if they ever do a sequel, it will be drastically different from the original concept.

And then, quite simply, he ended the ramble with, "Well, what they're doing on the South Downs is sharing a cottage. Next question?"


OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG *FREAKS THE FUCK OUT*!
Adrienne: Bleuajodasso on September 24th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
*grins* You do persist in being one of the most adorable people in print that I know.
My restless soul is longing: you have been chosen!unravels on September 24th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU for asking that. Thank you thank you thank you. Now I think I'm vibrating. XD

...also, I was able to download the video and am clinging to it tightly - but did you want an exact transcript? I could email you or post it to the community if no one has done one yet.
Adrienne: Anne Bonneyajodasso on September 24th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
Sadly, Vampie's video clip cut off early in Neil's answer. The Aziraphale-watching-clips-of-a-porn-film part was where her camera cut off, whereas the South Downs response was at the very end of it, so, sadly, that part is not on the video. I'm working with what capture method is left to us, namely just telling you what he said *wry grin*
(no subject) - unravels on September 24th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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