Just published, cover by me. I'm not a designer, but I do have an old version of Adobe Creative Suite. The picture is a young girl wearing beads and a party dress, acknowledgements MorgueFile again, but some pretty serious cropping turns her (I hope) into the Morrigan, Celtic Goddess of Battles, also known as the Crow Goddess.
Next, I'm working on Unicorn's Blood (Patricia Finney again) followed by the first book in the Chronicles of the Dragon Sisters series by Peter Quatrine (who does his own artwork).
At the same time, I'll be setting up a trial paperback edition of A Shadow of Gulls (scroll down) on CreateSpace. This will be my first time with CreateSpace, and actually with POD (Print On Demand) at all, and if it works out, we'll be saving massively on print bills.
First discovery is that CreateSpace offers a choice of white or cream paper, but that distribution options vary according to colour choice. So: white after all. Inside paper is 60gsm, I think. Wide range of both custom and industry-standard dimensions. I think maybe a straightforward trade paperback?
What happens here
This site is updated weekly, usually on a Friday although I might change that (again). I write it because (1) I like writing it and (2) I like having a deadline. More often than not, it works out as a commentary on the week just passed*.
There are no ads, no pop-ups and no tricky business with cookies. I don't take money for my own opinions. I write this for myself, without a set agenda, on any subject that catches my attention. If you're interested enough, it's not hard to work out my interests.
*Although I seem to have gone seriously away from that recently. Normal service may or may not be resumed.
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Riddle. It takes two to make me, but when I'm made, I'm only a memory. What am I? Scroll down to find out.
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Read My Shorts?
Here is yet another page of old blog posts and other writings. Sorry, but I need my metaphorical sock drawer for metaphorical socks. The link to the page is right at the end of the paragraph here.
Roads without end
Here is a passage from a review of the book The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart. I haven't read the book (yet), but the collected reviews would make a worthwhile set of political arguments in their own right. More.
State of the Union
Several commentators today saying that they've lost confidence in the US. Making their point by talking up the glories of the past. After two weeks of this administration, they're not going back.
Were they wrong, and they've seen the light? Or has the US changed? I guess the latter is the intended meaning. But we should at least acknowledge the possibility... More.