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Bow down to your leader!

Here is Puff Daddy Seany Sean and his modestly titled new perfume.

puff.jpg Back on Scottish shores but I finally got to do my Early Show thingy before I left! (video here, beware giant head) It went okay but I was so bloody nervous I talked like a robot. I wish I could have done a warmup gig somewhere slightly smaller than a national US program, say Midstate Television 689 back in Orange, New South Wales. I was crapping my dacks coz I'd not done television before – I didn't know what it would be like with the cameras and lights and gleaming presenters. So when the interview started all my wit and personality deserted me completely; it was a matter of trying to breathe and listen to the lady and answer the questions in plain English and not throw up all over her dainty shoes.

But as soon as it was over and I got outside back into the lung-piercing morning I thought, You nitwit, that was cool, what were you so nervous about, and why didn't you say X and Y and Z?! I wanted to knock on the studio door and beg for a do-over, hehe. It was like getting married – the first wedding I was freaking out but the second was a charm; I knew the drill!

Och well, critical analysis aside…. it was rockin. One of those lucky, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that is a blur at the time then a few days later when you're back in a cold, grey Scottish town you can't quite believe that it happened to you. I'm grateful for the chance. And also grateful for the nice wee holiday in New York πŸ™‚

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20 thoughts on “Bow down to your leader!

  1. Very slick – you can tell you’ve done a few interviews (on the radio) as you could answer all the questions very efficiently. You look good in the interview too (and slim – kind of important given the book name) so no worries there!

    Glad to finally hear you after all these years of seeing and reading you too – your voice hasn’t mutated into a Scotstralian either πŸ˜‰

    Plenty to be proud about – getting the book printed in so many places is really good. Mind you, it IS so very readable though so no surprise there.

    Good one!

    Scott F πŸ™‚

  2. I sure couldn’t tell you were nervous. You looked and sounded like you were born to it. I thought it was a very nice interview and you have a lovely voice.

    I just finished your book and loved it. It’s the best thing I’ve read in quite some time. I bought it at Barnes & Noble in Portland, OR and there was only one left on the shelf.

  3. hey Shauna

    Congrats on the show! I’ll be joining you in cold, grey Scotland next week. I’ll be staying up in Aberdeen with my husband’s family. He’s a Scotsman turned Aussie πŸ™‚

  4. The interview was great – I kept my eye out for the giant orange heid but couldn’t see it anywhere…so grateful for whoever put it on Youtube because my crappy old laptop wouldn’t download the CBS version.

    I miss cold, grey Scotland with all my heart…you can have sunshiney Queensland…the grass is always greener πŸ™‚

  5. DUDES… i just want you to know i am not whinging here… just reflecting. You know when you do an exam and the next day you think of how you could have answered the essay better. It’s like that… it’s natural to kind of analyse your performance!!!

    terri – thank you very much πŸ™‚

    saoghalbeag – aww… you know after reading everyone’s blogs this week about the heat in oz, i’m glad i’m here, sounds like a killer!

    amanda – cool! hope you have a good time πŸ™‚

  6. hey shauna, I know what you mean about “I could have said this or that”, but I’m sure you know we all reckon you rocked the house. I really hope it means you sell more books, too!

  7. I thought you looked great, not totally at ease though. You’re much saucier in print. I just reread your book and I’m glad I ordered the version from the UK, I don’t know what things they “translated” into English for us “American” speakers, but I love your idioms. And you have the most fantastic falling in love story. He asks you to marry him and you’re so excited you could SPEW. Priceless. I hope you sell a million books and you should write more, you’re a talented writer.

  8. Don’t you mean RAWKIN’? Are you developing a Scottish accent in print?!

    Speaking of accents – the interview is lovely. You don’t seem over-confident but not too nervous either, just sincere and normal, which is presumably the most help to anyone who wants to be inspired by you! Maybe you weren’t cracking jokes all through but I think your personality came across fine. I’d be terrified!

    x

  9. Hiya Shauna,

    completely off-topic, but I didn’t know if you read the mighty (Glasgow) Herald, and thought you might like this snippet they picked up from Oz:
    The Herald Diary

    War of the Roses
    AUSTRALIA Day on Monday, the country’s national holiday marking the country’s founding, is a day of pride for Australians.

    Australian social commentator Sam Kekovich used the day to announce his list of unAustralians of the Year which included actress Nicole Kidman for naming her daughter Sunday Rose.

    “Why would you pick a pommy flower?” said Sam. “What’s wrong with Sunday Wattle, Sunday Kangaroo Paw or Sunday Sturt’s Desert Pea?”

  10. Grace under pressure, there Shauna. It was great to see you for the first time and you were engaging, sparkly-eyed and just plain fab.

  11. ‘all my wit and personality deserted me’- pshaw! I say! Both were very much present! It’s generally the nature of human beings that we think how we should’ve done better (I could’ve been MORE witty! I could’ve been MORE charming!) but lemme say, even if I hadn’t already been reading your blog, if I stumbled on the Early Show interview, I would’ve said “I like this person- I wanna hear her talk some more” There’s a mischevious quality that comes through in your writing and while you may have regarded the appearance as ‘Shauna Deluted’ (or ‘Deluded’), that same quality came across in the interview too, which is a nice change from the usual bland vanilla stuff on the tube!

  12. I did leave a comment here…(unless I am blind and cannot see it)

    You looked and sounded fantastic, your head was not huge at all!

  13. Oh Lord Shauna you are funny.

    What is wrong with me that I have months of Shauna to catch up on???

    That cemetery post killed me.

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