3-book promotion

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This evening I set up a three book (I should say ‘product’) promotion- The Last free, The Loss (book 4) free, and the box set books 1-3 99cents, starting on April 18-22. It took two hours to get it all done, and in total if all promotion sites accept me, it’ll cost $510. It looks like a lot. It is …

Why I write.

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Every time I finish writing a book and take a few weeks off, I start thinking about how ‘thin’ life is. I check my ads and my book sales more. I eagerly await feedback from ARC readers. I read more political news than usual, until I get sick of it, and start casting around for other things to do. I …

New website, job, kittens!

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I have a new website!! Much of it is currently under construction, so please forgive that. I’ll get to it. I’m also finishing up Zombie Ocean book 4, publishing and planning promo for a box set books 1-3, and starting on a teaching management course. At work I just got taken on full time (today)! That is great for stability, …

Zombie Ocean 3 finished!

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Raise a glass of champagne, Zombie Ocean book 3 is finished! It has been quite a slog, harder than any book to write since King Ruin. I had the story from the start, but having the story and having the story are two hugely different things. Making things line up straight and clear on weird terrain is way harder in …

Mugged or worse…

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Yesterday SY and I were walking home in the dark, around 7pm, past the park near our house. It’s not the best way home as there’s a long passage where on both sides there’s a tall and spiky metal fence, but we were near Sainsbury’s buying light bulbs and it’s a pain in the ass to go all the way …

Confrontation on the train

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It seems like I get into some kind of confrontation with someone about once a week now (the house seller, the gardener, the preacher at church, kids at school regularly). This after 11 years in Japan and perhaps 1 or 2 proper arguments with random people. Perhaps that was partly due to poor language skills, but also culture difference. Anyway, …

New King Ruin cover!

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The new King Ruin cover is in and done- yet to be applied to the book itself, but this is what it will be as soon as I get time to update the book file:? Wow, right? I said it was sexy. I think it may look a little more cartoony than the Mr. Ruins cover, and I have mild …

Hoo ha with the gardener

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We had a gardener, and now we do not. She was my mom’s gardener, a lovely older lady who both SY and I had worked alongside in my mom’s garden- both of us kind of hired help for the day- with whom we got along very well. Her son is teaching English in Japan right now, which I did for …

The perfect tonic for your frustrations.

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SY went to a sewing class in Seven Sisters only to find nobody there and the phone number unresponsive. So… we went to see Spectre instead. James Bond is the perfect tonic for such frustrations. He just gets it done (every girl kissed and every guy killed). I enjoyed the movie very much (and will probably review properly soon). Writing …

My new Dancehall pedestal desk!

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Last weekend we finally got around to painting the study- the color is called Dancehall. The pedestal desk and old filing cabinet thing were antiques bought online, while the desk at right was the one I had as a kid, which SY uses now. Originally I believe it belonged to my Dad. The room prior to painting. Post painting. Yes, …

The Blue Door

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Do you recognize this blue door, with yours truly so humbly posed before it? That’s right, it is the fabled Blue Door from the movie Notting Hill! Here is Hugh Grant running over to it in the title sequence of Notting Hill. Of course it is not as blue now as it once was. Maybe this still is the only …

New Mr. Ruins cover!

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I had a fresh cover update made for Mr. Ruins a few months back and have been waiting for the others in the series to be completed before unveiling it or doing any kind of promo, but what the heck- here it is 🙂 Why have I done an update? Several reasons: The old one hasn’t sold in months, and …

Clash with a social conservative at church

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The church I go to seems to never have the vicar himself preach- but rather a ‘lay’ preacher from the congregation, who gets up there and gives us what for. Our favorite lecture (sermon?) is still the first one we attended, where ‘meekness’ was contrasted with ‘weakness’ as the prerequisite for getting into heaven. Then there was yesterday, and the …

Hastings Castle and Lowry

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This weekend SY and I went to Hastings, a southern coastal, town 50-odd miles south of London, to meet my Dad and Ailz, do sightseeing, see art, go antiques shopping, eat fish and chips and check out the ruins of Hastings castle. Hastings was the landing site for the 1066 invasion of England by the Normans (French), which saw King …

A future without teachers…?

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Last night I went to a panel discussion at Regent’s University titled ‘The Future of English’ featuring several luminaries (the ‘great men’) of the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) world. TEFL is my day job. David Graddol was there, who inspired my MA thesis. He writes about the megatrends of the world, like demographics, economics, military, culture and …