"Naturally," she said, only partly joking, "I want to visit ALL of the places mentioned in your books."
She's about the sixth or seventh person to ask me to either take them to such locations. I've had plenty more ask for directions, so they could ninja in a visit for themselves. Aberystwyth Tourist Board alone owes me big time. If indeed such a body exists.
I got to thinking. Considering that Orangepunch is a kick-ass photographer, and we're going everywhere anyway, would there be any interest in us creating an actual It Matters Guide to Britain?
We'd format it as both an eBook and in hard copy. Each location would have one of Orangepunch's picture and my blarb, plus where to find it. (Not all of them are obvious. You'd search a long time in vain for Matt's flat in Southampton. It's half way across Britain in Wednesfield.)
Because we can't get a hard copy without going through a self-publishing place, there would be a cost. But we'd keep it to the absolute minimum allowed. Ditto with the eBook, but I wouldn't be AT ALL surprised if that ended up on Pirate Bay. (My last book mysteriously made it there before even being published.)
There would be a fair bit of work involved doing this. Not just in the putting it together and writing it, but in listing all the places actually name-checked in the It Matters novels. The alternative for us both is just to go on fun trips, and spend time on things actually earning us a living.
But we're both up for it, if there is an interest. Is there?