Book 2!

The second instalment in The Star Plague Journals is now available on Amazon (click the cover image to the left). As mentioned in Sunday’s post, you can only get the Kindle edition for now. Watch this space for the physical edition.

His Staying Hand, out now. Buy it people… ūüėČ

Which side of the mirror?

Me again (yes, I know, two in one day! Promise this will be it for bit).

I don’t like doing self-indulgent on here. Tried once or twice when I first started blogging and you just come across as poser-ish (at least that’s how it read to me). Wrote the following to a friend on deviantART just now, however, and felt I wanted to share it further.

To give you some context, we’ve been chatting about a recent journal on depthRADIUS¬†concerning an artist who recently died. You can find the article in question here¬†and the artist in question’s profile here. Vicky’s question (‘what did the article say to you?’) made me think, and after writing the below I found I wanted to share it further.

What, after all, is the point of having a blog if not for¬†expressing your thoughts and feelings? (Yes I know I’m contradicting myself!)

Anyway, here’s what I wrote. Ta for listening.

‘Hey…

Sorry for the tardiness of my reply.

Spotted your response this morning, actually came up with a nice eloquent reply this afternoon on my way to Asda.
Obviously, that has now disappeared.

Let me try and piece something together in its place. I reckon that for me, reading the article and looking at her art – ooh! inspiration (sorry). Idea has returned, here goes:

Reading the article and looking at her art, I was reminded of the Buffy episode set in the mental asylum? Where you’re left wondering whether it is all, in fact a delusion, and she’s imagining it all. At the end of the episode, if memory serves, she chooses to go back into the delusion (which you’re questioningly left to believe is in fact reality?). What this woman went through made me think of that: that she chose to place herself within her own fantasy environment. An act some may disagree with, but a decision that was valid for her. And the resultant art is so beautiful and haunting, I think, because of that decision, that sacrifice (? – not sure if that’s the right word).
She (I get the impression) was very aware of the fact that her choice, and her road, were not ‘normal’, but it was right for her. This is the thing that spoke to me, as indeed the works of Neil Gaiman and Tori Amos (amongst others) speak to me. Because they are produced by people who have taken a different road.

Hope that makes sense? Nice to let my inner Goth out for a change.

Putting my Troy wig away now.

Chat soon, Paul.’

Waiting on Dream

As the image to my left says, we’re nearly there: His Staying Hand awaits but the approval of KDP and it’ll go live. And work is almost finished (more feverish writing will occur later this afternoon) on Journey to the Dragon’s Graveyard, the between books short that will accompany the Hand in¬†its physical edition (kindle users will be able to download it separately). Quite pleased, if I do say so myself, with Journey’s cover art. Hopefully you peeps will like it too.

In other news, I (like many of you out there I’m sure) sit in eager anticipation of the long awaited second instalment of Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III which, unless anybody knows something I don’t, is finally due out on Wednesday. Had kind of got to the point late last month, when it was put back again, where I was beyond caring. But now it’s suddenly almost here again and I’m extremely excited.

Friday (as my next day off) will be a Morpheus day.

The observant amongst you will have noticed I’ve updated my blog roll. depthRADIUS in particular I would highly recommend to anyone interested in art, in any medium. It’s one of the few ongoing journals on the internet that I actually make the time to read. I know during the tenure debate over the admin rights¬†of the .art domain extension (is this still going on? Confess I don’t know) there was a lot of criticism levelled at deviantART* but I have always found the place to be friendly, welcoming and above all else inspiring. Of course it comes across as a bunch of geeks and dreamers. That’s why I’m proud to be a member.

depthRADIUS is put together by techgnostic (who I’m coming to gather is a much respected figure within the community) and guest writers, and deals with such diverse topics as the representations of women in the recent series of American Horror Story entitled Coven, and art as therapy in¬†commemoration of a member of the community who recently past away. Please, do, give it a look.

(*A personal favourite was the journalist who was trying to argue that the site’s claim was flawed given it was just ‘a collection of manga and anime gifs’. Some people need their licences revoking)

Must leave you now, time for cereal fix and then I’m on a mission for tracing paper. Watch this space for an update on book 2, anticipate cooking should be finished by tomorrow night, latest. TTFN.

Antici…pation

I’m absolutely useless at the self-promotion thing (probably why I’m not currently sat typing this in my west wing library, whilst the tiger quietly mauls the Gautier¬†rug) let’s have a bash.

…Drum roll… fanfare (fireworks)…

As mentioned in previous posts (I think?) I’ve been tied up of late in furious edit mode. His Staying Hand, the second instalment of The Star Plague Journals nears completion. It was actually quite exciting putting the final touches to the last chapter (I know, how sad am I?) before I began the onerous task of compiling and formatting that is necessarily part of publishing your own Kindle book.

Whilst I go through the final ‘i’ dotting and ‘t’ crossing I wanted to share the cover with you (below) and also offer a short sample from the book itself here. I hope you enjoy both!

I’m anticipating the book will be officially available on Amazon in Kindle format by this time next week, with the physical edition to follow. This will include an aside that¬†I’m publishing separately in the e-format, hence the delay on the doorstop version. So apologies to those of you who like your literature old school, I beg just a little more of your patience. For the rest of you: not long to wait.

Watch (as they say) this space…

Stay Cover Mk2 red text

Ground beneath my feet

So we’ve had a fun start to the year. Early in 2012¬†we (hubby and I) brought a house (very grown up) aware that there were a number of snags with it. One of which being that it was a leasehold, so whilst¬†we owned the property itself, the ground it was built on belonged to someone else.

Not a problem we said to ourselves, we’ll wait a few years whilst we make some inroads on the mortgage and then use some of the equity to buy the freehold, so that the ground will be ours as well. Nice and simple.

Oh no.

I won’t bore you with the details, but essentially the ground had been sold literally out from beneath us to a private investment firm intending to use the leases on our (and our neighbour’s) properties as a long term investment. Fair? I think not. Needless to say we’ve rallied round with the pitchforks and burning brands and gone to¬†call out¬†the monster. (Perfectly reasonable behaviour on this occasion I think.)

Gratifyingly, the strategy worked. And the builders felt compelled to offer us the option on our leases.

It’s not normally in my nature to point fingers, but on this occasion I feel there is merit in spreading the word. Taylor Wimpey are the developers who built our estate, and sold our lease out from underneath us. Out of character behaviour, I have to say, as aside from this they have been a pleasure to do business with. The investment company who brought up our leases was E&J Estates. A word of caution then, if you find yourself dealing with either of these. Business is business, I realise and understand. But I’m a firm believer you can do good business without a knife in your hand.