Mousetrapped Birthday: Project X

So this week is all about celebrating the fact that a year ago I finally decided to stop submitting Mousetrapped to agents, editors, anyone who might possiblly perhaps read it, etc. and publish it myself, and that I didn’t then subsequently fall flat on my face, dig myself into hole of debt or produce a book that looked like something the cat threw up and then another cat threw up on.

This afternoon I’m sharing “Project X”, the book’s original second chapter that got cut because it didn’t really fit in with the rest of the book, and came too early in it for that not to matter.

Project X

In early drafts of Mousetrapped there was a chapter in between “The Call of the Mouse” and “Arrival” that gave a very brief overview of the history of Walt Disney World, from the origins of Walt’s dream right up until the day I arrived to take up a job there.

“On November 22, 1963, Walt Disney looked out the window of his borrowed plane and studied the flat expanse of land below him. He was just south-west of Orlando, Florida and about to decide on a location for his beloved ‘Project X.’

Walt and his team of Disney executives had been searching for a site on or near a good road network. It had to be inland and large enough to enable expansion. The climate had to be warm and sunny. With its newly built Interstate 4 and proximity to Florida’s Turnpike, Orlando appeared to be ticking all the boxes.

What did Walt see when he looked out that window?

Photographs taken at the time show a huge tract of swampland, scattered with clumps of trees and spotted here and there with lakes and rivers. While bordered on its west side by the freshly-laid asphalt of I-4, the site extended towards the east as far as the eye could see.

But that’s not what Walt saw.

He looked down and saw the gold turrets of Cinderella’s Castle.

He saw an intricate, futuristic city of skyscrapers connected by a Monorail.

He saw the realisation of his dream to build an amusement park that both children and their parents could enjoy, and he saw people coming from all over the world to visit it.

Walt saw Walt Disney World.”

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Join me tomorrow for the first More Mousetrapped story!

It’s Mousetrapped’s Birthday Week!

As the title of this post implies… it’s Mousetrapped‘s Birthday Week!

A year ago (tomorrow, to be specific) I launched my little weird book and – phew! – it was a good idea, as it turns out, so I’m celebrating. I’ve already swapped my pink typewriter out for some fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle and now, for old time’s sake, I’m going to dust off my book trailer:

I’m giving away 3 signed (and personally inscribed, if you like) copies of Mousetrapped‘s brand new sparkly second edition, which has a snazzy new back cover and photographs inside. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning one is to leave a comment on this post. (A smiley face will do!) Entries are open to everyone; I will ship worldwide. You can only enter once, and to be in with a chance you have to leave a comment on this post sometime before midnight GMT on Thursday (March 31st). If you’ve already read it, well, you might still like to see the new edition, or have a signed copy, or maybe you know someone else you would. (There’s a little button at the end of this post that enables you to e-mail it easily, if need be!) Check back here on Friday to see if you’ve won. And good luck!

So here’s how the rest of this week is going to go:

  • This afternoon I’m going to share with you a chapter I cut from the finished book about the history of Walt Disney World, called “Project X”
  • Tomorrow is the first More Mousetrapped story
  • Wednesday I’ll be telling you about my – until then – Super Secret Self-Publishing Project No.1 which will be out by mid-May, all going to plan
  • Thursday I’ll be telling you about my Super Secret Self-Publishing Project No.2 which will be out by September, all going to plan with that too
  • Friday I’ll be announcing the winners of the giveaway and doing another “Big Reveal” post, breaking down my sales figures one year on.