Last week, the missers and I got new ‘phones.
Since then, we should technically have lost a load of weight through exertion due to the steepness of the learning curve. These are the latest Android ‘phones, with all the bells, whistles and gadgets one might expect of such technologically advanced devices. Mine even receives satellite co-ordinates and stuff from the Russian GLONASS birds. But to grapple with all this new technology has been something of a stretch for us old Luddites. Thank God, they’re pretty easy to figure out, if complex.
Mine has an application called Polaris Office. No, it’s not ICBM launch control and telemetry systems, it’s kinda like regular Office on your PC. But I was pleased to discover that it’s compatible with my old MS Word 97, which I prefer over the newer versions in approximately the same manner as lounging on the deck with a beer is preferable to dying in agony. I love my old Word 97 and I’m really glad this new ‘phone supports it because it means that some of the next novel is likely to be written on there (not whilst in heavy traffic, I promise).
And talking of which (tenuous little segue there), it’s going well. I’m busy sending the boys somewhere they’ve been before in search of a fresh revelation. Sounds mystical I know; let me assure you that it’s not. I’m enjoying the writing and getting well back into my stride.
I’m also selling books! The printed version is actually going rather well, which pleases me enormously (grab one here). I haven’t received any figures for the e-book yet, but they’re coming around the middle of this month. Hopefully sales have progressed well into single digits!
So with that I’ll leave you for now dear reader. I’ve got plenty of reading to do meself, and a couple of reviews to write. Catch you soon!
Roger and out, X.
The proof copy of the printed version of ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’ arrived yesterday.
The title of this post notwithstanding, I’m not feeling as excited as I think I should be. It’s not in any way anticlimactic, but to hold my printed novel for the first time just didn’t feel quite as ‘special’ as I was expecting. Perhaps I’m just a really, really boring kinda guy. Other writers have spoken to me of their thrill at receiving the first physical copy of their work, but I seem to have taken this first-in-a-lifetime event rather disappointingly in my pragmatic stride. Typical male, haha — men think, women feel.
I’ve made a couple of changes to the cover and submitted it for review again. Then I’ll request another proof copy. Once the proof is okay I can get going with some sales of physical books. This should hopefully just take a couple of days and so perhaps the printed version will be available by the end of next week at my e-store.
I was taken to task this week by my friend Sergeant Crabfat, who spotted some technical issues in the story, mostly to do with the sounds that bullets make in flight — although he did tell me he’s enjoying the read. I’m very grateful to him for correcting me on these details and I’ll certainly fix them in the sequel. To be fair though, I already did a gargantuan amount of research to get as many details right as possible, so that fact that so few slipped through the net is actually quite encouraging. As I said to my friend, there’s only so much research one person can do.
The other and somewhat vindicating side of this particular coin, however, is that this week it was again assumed that I am an ex-spy, former special agent or retired covert operative. Now, I can’t comment on specific details, but clearly the reader will draw (and is apparently drawing) their own conclusion. How’s that for an ambiguous answer to a leading question?
Roger and out, X.
This morning I was able to view an online proof of the printed version of ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’ and it’s looking pretty good. However, just to be certain I’ve ordered a physical proof version which will arrive next week. Shortly after that, I’ll be able to sell it, either directly or via my e-store. Isn’t it funny how everything seems to begin with e- or i- these days? I’m off to get an iQuarter e-pounder with iCheese.
The printed version will be going out at $19.99 from my e-store, but if you buy a copy from me directly you might get a slightly more favorable iDeal. Don’t forget; you can already get an e-book of the novel from Amazon, Kobo, B&N and Sony. There are reviews appearing at some of the sites.
Yesterday we filmed (videoed) some more material for this interview to which I subjected myself a couple of weeks ago. This was done at work, where we have a very controlled environment and, to all intents and purposes, went really iWell. Now it’s up to e-Ryley and iNick, the directors, to turn it all into something cohesive. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished iResult, albeit e-nervously. The interviewer, by the way, was local actor and all-round decent e-chap called Damien Bartlett whose most recent iClaim to fame has been working on the independent e-movie ‘Rufus‘, which will more-than-likely be the last movie made in iSaskatchewan until someone gets rid of the ridiculously short-sighted and contemptibly stupid iPremier who recently dumped the provincial film tax credit scheme. What an e-muppet. He can go sit on an iTack.
A bunch of iPeople are reviewing the novel right now and so hopefully there’ll be more e-reviews online soon. Those and additional sales links will be iPublished as soon as we e-get them. Stay iTuned!
iRoger and out, e-X.