Month: August 2016

Livia and the Corpuscles – Publishing Day!

the proof of the book is in the reading

the proof of the book is in the reading

Christmas has come a day early for me – the proof copy of my book has arrived! And it looks great.

I wasn’t expecting it until tomorrow, so I’m happy to announce that today is release day for Livia and the Corpuscles, available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. There is a listing page for it on Amazon, but as I write this the book is listed as “not available”. Well, I am sure that will change in the next day or so.

Livia and the Corpuscles on
Livia and the Corpuscles on

It’s also available now on the Create Space title page:

Livia and Corpuscles on Create Space

I’m so excited, to a degree that really surprises me. I was expecting to be happy with it, but having a physical copy of a book in your hands is really quite thrilling.

Thank you to everyone who helped get this thing out the door. For a bit of stunt writing I think it turned out all right.

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Short Stories Are Not My Bag

I spent part of our time away in July writing a story which, as I have noted in passing before, was remarkable in three ways: it was fantasy; I wrote it in longhand; and it was a short story.

My history with short stories is very mixed. Basically, when I try to write a short story I usually end up with a novella. I’m much more comfortable with the deeper exploratory options of the novel, not to mention the structure. Short stories terrify me.

So when I read that raw short story to some friends around the camp fire, I was delighted by the response: it seemed to actually work.

Time to write more, then.

There’s a writing challenge a friend is running for the month of September: write 500 words a day. That’s all. It doesn’t specify that the words should be of fiction, but that is what I am using it for. I have starts for about ten short stories which I will write words for and see how they go. I’m not committed to finishing any of them, but I am excited to work on all of them (to, I will concede, varying degrees).

500 Words A Day

It’s a closed Facebook group so as to avoid spam on your timeline, but ask to be added if you are interested in making some words in September.

I’m looking forward to a short month.

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Livia: Proofing

Last time I said that Livia was nearly here. This time I just have to admit that all of this stuff takes more time than I had expected. It’s all part of learning the process, really.

Part of it was just being on holiday. I got the copy edits back before I left, but I ended up writing a remarkable short story* for the first few days we were away.

It took a week to review the copy edits, more than another week to apply them, then most of a third week to do my own final text review and update the manuscript accordingly.

I have spent the last three days finalising layout to satisfy Create Space**.

… but the outcome of all of this is that Livia and the Corpuscles is ready to go. I have just ordered a proof copy which will be here in a week and a bit, so assuming that everything looks good I will probably throw this book out in front of a wider audience by the end of next week.

This is all very exciting.

[*] this story is remarkable for at least three things: it is a short story, which I almost never write; it’s a fantasy story, which is a bit outside my usual science fiction by quite a margin; and I wrote it longhand in my notebook. This was easier to work on when flying anything on the computer. Still, more on that another time.

[**] which was not actually hard or unreasonable, but I learned some lessons about cover layout in Inkscape.

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