He ain't heavy, he's my brother


 

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First, a little something for your ear. Dedicated to all my Indie Brother’s and Sisters.

Last Friday night I had a chat with my brother. It turned into a two hour chat. He was somewhere north of Lake Macquarie, about three and half hours north of Sydney on a beach. He’d rented a house there for the weekend. They had a long holiday down under. So he bailed early on Friday evening. I was at home, writing and blogging. And we chatted, about everything, for about two hours. Continue reading

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He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother


 

Snail Mail - Capel St Andrew.

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First, a little something for your ear. Dedicated to all my Indie Brother’s and Sisters.

Last Friday night I had a chat with my brother. It turned into a two hour chat. He was somewhere north of Lake Macquarie, about three and half hours north of Sydney on a beach. He’d rented a house there for the weekend. They had a long holiday down under. So he bailed early on Friday evening. I was at home, writing and blogging. And we chatted, about everything, for about two hours. Continue reading

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A Writer in 2110


 

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First, a little something for your ear. Faithless ~ Don’t Leave.

The Bowker Industry Report, New Book Titles & Editions, 2002-2009 tells us  the projected figure for 2009 new titles is over one million. About 760,000 of those are what Bowker term “Non-Traditional” – In their own words; *Non-traditional consists largely of reprints, often public domain, and other titles printed on-demand. The number also includes records received too late to receive subject classification. Continue reading

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IndieView: Wanda Shapiro, author of, "Sometimes That Happens With Chicken"


Cover of Sometimes That Happens With Chicken

For the first IndieView I’m happy to introduce you to Wanda Shapiro, author of, Sometimes That Happens With Chicken.

About the book:
What is the book about?

Sometimes That Happens With Chicken is a literary novel with a large cast of characters whose lives become inextricably intertwined due to the life choices of a complete stranger. It’s set in the Village in New York City with historical threads reaching from Texas to Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

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IndieView: Wanda Shapiro, author of, “Sometimes That Happens With Chicken”


Cover of Sometimes That Happens With Chicken

For the first IndieView I’m happy to introduce you to Wanda Shapiro, author of, Sometimes That Happens With Chicken.

About the book:
What is the book about?

Sometimes That Happens With Chicken is a literary novel with a large cast of characters whose lives become inextricably intertwined due to the life choices of a complete stranger. It’s set in the Village in New York City with historical threads reaching from Texas to Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

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Establishing a base on the Moon


It’s been some 38 years since we left the Moon’s surface. Too long. Despite the hokey nature of the video above I think it is a great thing that Google are doing.

We constantly harp on about how over populated our world is getting. That’s not likely to slow down, and unless we find another planet it is going to lead to World War Three. Simply put WW3 would be about resources. If we branch out into space in a globally focused attempt, as a species, rather than as individual nation states we could easily have a well advanced colony on the moon by 2050. Continue reading

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The Next BIG Thing


Composite image of the Earth at night.

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I’ve been struggling with the second book. Part of the problem has been that the concept behind TAG was huge and strong. Strong enough that the book can be described in a single sentence. Tag is about a conspiracy to kill two-thirds of the people on Earth by implanting them with a poisonous identity chip.

So that left me struggling with what to write next. After a few false starts I’ve got it – the next big thing.

It’s important that what you write is something you’re interested in, something that grabs your imagination. If it doesn’t grab your attention, then how are you going to grab the reader’s imagination. Not just that, but how are you even going to finish? When you write a story it is something you’re going to live with for at least a few months. So it better be something you’re engaged in.

It is now seven months since I finished writing Tag. That time hasn’t been completely wasted. I’ve spent time setting up this blog and building readers through forums and reader sites. I’ve been editing, and people who can help me to get the book published. My goal has always been to put out as near a perfectly produced book as possible. Finding the right people without spending a fortune takes time. So the time hasn’t been wasted because I’ve learnt much more about this crazy business of writing. I’ve learnt enough to know that I need to learn a lot more.

One benefit of all this time, is that I can look at Tag much more objectively than when I had first finished. I know there are problems with it. Fortunately they are problems that can be fixed and are being fixed as we “speak”.

Now I am excited; another world to dive into. Same as the old, but different. Populated with new characters, meeting the old characters and new challenges to overcome or perish.

The link to the article below has nothing to do with the next big thing by the way. I just thought that news that we’ve found another earth is pretty interesting.

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