Now it is probably a good time to add something to what I have already said on this matter, after some time has passed and the dust has settled, may I be excused for all unavoidable repeats.
What I really want to say, what is important to me most of all, is, that whatever will happen to this sixth-volume version of mine, about which there has been quite a considerable amount of aggravation yet, whatever will be it´s destiny, will it authorised one far day or will it be forever banned and ignored, I have long come to realise that I will actually always be happy about it, just the way it is.
It will always be something which has enriched my life, to a degree that is outstanding in my life, that I can hardly see in anything else I ever did.
That I could write this book has brought joy to my life, I have said this before, but it cannot hurt to repeat it as many times as it is necessary, I felt (though I very much respect that this would be just the way almost any of you on the forum feel, at least in some moments), a oneness with Douglas, I felt as if we were connected souls, it was almost like a spiritual thing, and certainly it was a creative process as it should be with whoever writes, I was not writing it, it was writing me, I felt as if I were taking dictations from him and let me point it out again, I did not write this book because I wanted to ride piggyback on someone elses success, I wrote this book because I wanted to write it, because I love it, because I wanted to contribute to it, I did not write this book, because an editor or an agent would ask me to do it, I felt that this is the book Douglas wanted to be the sequel and I just believe in it!
No one can ever take this away from me.
Just because I´m a bit of a shit and mindbogglingly stupid sometimes I did not tell you about this sooner, instead of only attacking you.
Now, for we live in the internet age and whoever would have done a sequel would have, just like me, ended up on this forum and since there was no one, I take this for granted now there just is no one actually, (if there is one may he speak now or be silent for ever), moreover, though it is hard to accept, for the book and the hype about it is over it´s peak, it is very unlikely that there will be another one (and if there ever is I am willing to compete against it just the way I am against Colfer`s) and so it is likely my version will stand for all time.
Although I have done many mistakes in my life and ruined things, which I could have instead (and the worst was not the way I alienated everybody on the forum, the worst mistake I ever did was the way I alienated, in the same stupid manner, by the way, the girl I still love and always will) – I have patience (the minute I realise that fury has lead to nothing) and I am ready to make sacrifices for the things I love (the minute I realise I have no other choice) and I sometimes am not so sure about what we can chose for our lives and what is chosen for us.
I have already told James that it is not about the money, I am ready to dispense with all financial benefits from it and he has already very much hinted that it is not down to him whether the book will be authorised and to this I have replied that that man from the Bronx is already 73 and I am only 50, so it pretty much looks I will outlive him (if I not keep on stressing me out and will die exactly one minute after I finally have success).
So I have the sneaky feeling it will be authorised one day, yes, that this has already taken place secretly, although no one is ready to admit it yet!
Still, and this is how I want to end and what I want to emphasise very much, too, I actually don´t want to labeled too much as someone only following in Douglas´ footsteps, because I very much vary in my style, it would narrow me down too much, furthermore, I surely don´t have a patent to write in DA-style, many can do it, I just definitely was the only one in the world to have the guts (or to be enough of a stubborn selfish bastard, depending on the way you look at it) to actually write down a complete version, not only dream about it and do bits and isolated chapters and this definitely, to be annoyingly presumptuous, puts me in the pole position, but it is still an open race, let there be an open competition about the readers favour and let there be many, who can carry the torch of Douglas´ ideas and thoughts!
Edit: Wow, this makes me look almost like a holy man!
Now, for the cynical and frustrated old bastard I truly am behind this humble facade read "why I will insult the English!": http://www.douglasadams.se/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=17229
Why, you.... you ... smug and stuck-up lot, you!
Jochen Lembke, Europe´s cab-driving writer, Germany, England, Switzerland and so on, the cab-world-record that goes on and on, and author of the best H2G2-sixth volume ever written or else money back!
Blog in English language: http://ejochenlembke.wordpress.com/