Janus Arrival, the concluding part of Janus Paradisi trilogy is ready to hit the shelves on April 1. Continue reading
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At last – the concluding part of the Janus Paradisi trilogy!
You’ve been very patient – thank you! (2017 was a pretty tough year, to be honest.)
But right now, the book’s running through final checks before its upcoming launch: you can pre-order it HERE.
Paradise is a ride away – if you survive the journey.
So near, yet so far away…
SS Challenge has arrived in the Andromeda galaxy. Their landing party is held hostage by a colony on the planet Tenebra. Communications are cut off. Continue reading
Wait! This is not turning into a cat-thread. It’s a one-off, I swear! Let me explain…
We’re currently looking after a cat for one of our daughters but had to spend Christmas in the UK. So we asked a friend to cat-sit. After a few days, text messages began to arrive from the cat. Clearly, she was writing a diary and sending it to us, her “pride.” I share these with you…
Diary of a Sour Puss
I love words. Hey, I’m a writer: if I didn’t love words, I’d be a censor, a redactor of government documents who gets his kicks from defacing them.
I love the truth in words. If I didn’t, I’d be a politician or still working in marketing.
Sounds shaped into words are the basics of spoken language. The purpose of language is communication. (Okay, Groot in “Guardians of the Galaxy” communicates with a single word, his name, its specific meaning conveyed by varying emphasis. Special case. He’s a fictional plant. Forget about it.) Continue reading
So much catching up to do now my I’m back home! The world just keeps on turning, even if I’m not watching it. (Quantum physicists are invited to comment below on that observation.)
My novels’ distribution network continues to grow effortlessly! I use the Mention app to notify me if my name or my book titles appear on anyone’s web pages. No, it’s not an ego issue, it’s… professional… market awareness… all that stuff.
Anyway, Mention notified me that while I was on vacation, Continue reading
Some of you might have noticed a long silence from me.
Many will be grateful.
But now I’m back!
I just spent the whole of October on a road trip covering New England in the Fall and a batch of Canadian cities. Exhausted!
If you want to visit New England in the Fall, you just have to go in the Fall. And I highly recommend it. Stunning views!
Do note, however, that half the small-town New England service industry shuts down after Columbus Day. October is “out of season”. Er… “New England in the Fall”… Fall? You know, that period just AFTER Summer? A period that usually includes October? Ah, well. It’s their cash flow.
Anyway, it’s hard to blog while driving or striding through russeting forests. (Yeah, I made that word up.) So I took a blog vacation.
On my return, I had to catch up with all my snail mail (yes, people still use that in Europe, especially governments and other people wanting money from you). Then I surveyed my “TO DO” list. It was too long, so I set it aside and took up my “REALLY URGENT TO DO” list, which was a little shorter.
First up has to be a final revision of the last volume of my Janus Paradisi Trilogy: JANUS ARRIVAL. I hope to send it out to beta readers in a couple of weeks for editing and publication towards year-end.
Yes, I know Christmas is a lousy time to publish, but part two came out in April and I owe it to my existing readers to bring the saga to a conclusion soon. It will help them sleep at night, without worrying about how my oppressed characters are faring, out there in the deep beyond.
While I was away, I found praise winging my way on the InterWebs!
First up: A full-page article from Scifibook Review
If you like science fiction, you should be reading Sheron’s blog. I was delighted to see such a respected reviewer commenting favorably on my work. Many thanks!
Next: Another couple of particularly glowing 5-star reviews on Amazon. Writers love reviews, even if they aren’t all 5-star, so do a writer a favor and post a review of the best book you read this year, no matter who wrote it. Thank you on their behalf.
Oh, and a belated Happy Halloween to you all.
Whichever way you consumed your pumpkins (in coffee, beer, cheesecake, soup, sandwiches, cupcakes…), I hope you enjoyed them!
I made it. Sixty-six years old!
So how does it feel?
I asked myself that last year. The answer’s pretty much the same as then… Continue reading
NEW MUST-HAVE PARADISI CHRONICLES RELEASES (details below)
As my regular readers know, my JANUS PARADISI series takes place in an open-source sci-fi universe. A what?
Essentially, a group of authors agreed on the backstory and main features of a time and place where all action will occur, then write their own stories within those parameters.
These stories can be from any sub genre (hard sci-fi, space opera, fantasy, romance, whatever), as long as they stick to the overall parameters, such as planet names and environments, technology, history, and so on. They can use other writers’ characters (with permission), usually giving them walk-on parts, or referring to great events in other writer’s stories. Continue reading
Someone pointed out that I never post about my acting. There are a few good reasons…
As my mother’s Alzheimer’s ate away at her over the past few years, I could not commit to a play being staged months in the future. During those years, I daily expected a call requiring urgent travel to her care home in the UK. I could not risk letting down all the other actors by suddenly disappearing just before opening night. That’s not in my nature.
So that put my stage acting to rest.
Small speaking parts in movies usually have short lead times so I could take the risk. Continue reading