Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Many things have been happening. One of the most worrying was the sudden disappearance of the coeur de lion website. We use a wordpress platform and the whole thing just disappeared to be replace by the http error screen of death (not to be confused with the blue screen of death that was so popular with Windows Vista). It was with some trepidation that I went into the 'back end' of the site. There was an option to 'repair database' and all I had to do was click a button. It couldn't be that simple could it? Apparently it could. The site was back up in minutes. Praise be the wiley IT pro who put together THAT little magical bit of programming!

In amongst all this, I took delivery of Adam Browne's manuscript for Pyrotechnicon.  I'd seen an earlier draft about a year ago and given Adam some comments a couple of months ago. He's worked tremendously in the intervening time and this latest draft is positively thrumming. There's wonders, word plays, delightful jokes and sly winks to the reader, all wrapped around a most engaging tale featuring one of the most famous of literary characters - Cyrano de Bergerac. So the next wee while will be spent in the enjoyable pursuit of reading this latest version. Then it's back to Adam for some minor tweaks before we get into the copy edit stage.

As a result, progress on the Kresh novel has taken a back seat. But only for a short while. I've got good momentum now and I know where I'm going, so it's all good.

The only slight wrinkle in my world is the minimal number of reviews Anywhere but Earth is garnering. It's darned hard to get anyone to review anything these days. There's been some great feedback on GoodReads but apart from that, not a lot. Oh well, one can only keep trying.

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