Crystal Balls

Recently, I finally got to see the band I’ve been writing for play live.  If their debut gig was anything to go by I am very optimistic about the future.  It also gave me a chance to meet the rest of the band and learn of their plans. Regarding the album I have been working on, the bad news is that it won’t be recorded until summer.  The good news is that it looks as if I will have three more songs to write.  They plan to launch the album in autumn, so we have quite a wait ahead of us.

In the meantime I am beavering away on my next novel.  I am probably 40% done.  Editing is a lonely, thankless task which I am particularly slow and not particularly meticulous at.  I can’t wait to finish this part.  Next I shall pass it on to a very good friend of mine who worked on ‘Existence Is Futile’ and ‘The Story of Albert Ross’ with me.  Then and only then, after his hyphen-addicted eagle eyes have given the text the once over will I decide what I will do with it.

Thankfully distractions are never hard to come by, and I have had plenty lately.  I recently received an awesome review from K.S Marsden, author of ‘The Shadow Rises’.  I did something I seldom feel compelled to do and wrote a review of a book entitled ‘The Birdman Cycle’ by Thomas Rose-Masters.  Additionally, I have seen the first illustrations for my book of ‘new-age’ fairy tales, and am very impressed.  And finally I have been helping a certain Senor Elbuho move into his brand new internest.  He still has a few things to unpack, but as soon as he is ready I am sure he will post something on Facebook.

No News Is…

Right, first up I want to let you know that like Lazarus, I have arisen.  Turns out it wasn’t my deathbed after all, it was just my bed.  Therefore it’s safe to say I’m not dead.  However it’s -7 degrees outside, so even if I was dead it’s so fucking cold that I probably wouldn’t notice.  I know what your thinking.  How charmingly British?  First post for ages and he is already talking about the weather.  I’m not.  I’m talking about not being dead, got it?

Not much has happened on the ‘Existence Is Futile’ front, apart from 1,500+ people liking the book’s Facebook page.  Which is pretty awesome.  What would be more awesome is if some of these people bought themselves a copy of my book.  If you’ve already read it, I have something for you to do.  Review it.  The best way to support my book is to share your opinion about it with the world anywhere you can.  If not the story of Professor Henry Tomlinson will never be anything other than a silent and deadly fart trapped in the anus (yes anus) of history.

In other news I have been sidetracked again from editing my other novel.  It is difficult to return to a project which has been put to one side for so long.  Still I hope to pick up the pace after Christmas (bah humbug) and have it ready to send out in spring.  There is a legitimate reason for this delay.  Recently I was offered the chance to embark on an exciting new project in an entirely new and unforeseen direction.  For now I am loath to say more about it, until it is officially completed.  What I can say is that I am sure it will surprise a lot of people.  Incidentally it is not a sex change, I am not learning the bagpipes, and despite what the Russian newspapers say I am not the new prima ballerina in the Bolshoi Ballet.   For now you’ll have to remain patience, I will reveal more here when the time is right.

An Apple A Day…

My first announcement should make a few of you happy.  A number of you apple-junkies have been feeling incredibly left out.  Not any longer.  I am pleased to announce that ‘The Story of Albert Ross’ is now available on I-Tunes.  Now go forth and download my friends, and hopefully enjoy.

In other news, ‘Existence Is Futile’ is now listed on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.  The bad news is that it is not yet in stock.  That does not stop you from ordering it, to encourage them to speed up a little.  Best of all is the fact that Amazon delivers to a number of countries(including Poland and Denmark).  The most bizarre fact of all is that on both sites someone has listed ‘used’ copies.  Curiously those copies do not yet exist.  That’s what you call forward planning.

My last announcement relates to Goodreads.com.  For those of you that don’t know Goodreads is a book rating website, something similar to what IMDB does for films.  You log in, rate what you’ve read, review if you wish, plan what you are going to read, see what your friends are reading and you can even follow authors you like.  There is no need to sign up anymore as you can link Goodreads directly to your Facebook profile.  Why is that of interest?  Because you can now find my profile, a page for ‘Existence Is Futile’ and a page for ‘The Story of Albert Ross’ on Goodreads.  If you already use it, you know what to do.  If you don’t, consider joining, if you do, find me.  If you’ve read something I’ve written, review it.  If not, add it to your to-read list.  Why?  Because it will help me, and more importantly it will help share these stories.  Go on, you know you want to.

A Dream In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush

I returned home after a two-week holiday to find this waiting for me.  A sample copy of my novel.  To be honest it feels incredibly strange to finally hold it in my hands.  I keep finding myself glimpsing at it to make sure it doesn’t disappear.  So far it hasn’t.  Once I have given it the once over and approved it will then only be a question of time.

I would like to say a quick thank you to those of you that bought ‘The Story of Albert Ross’.  It was a pleasant surprise to see it climb as high as 14,000 from over 400,000 ebooks on Amazon.  If you haven’t yet reviewed it please do, as it only takes a minute of your time and it earns you karma points which are redeemable in the supermarkets of the afterlife.

My holiday was ace, I feel recharged and refreshed and ready to get to work.  I will post a little something about it in the coming days.  In the meantime I am off to see the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.  After all I have always been a keen botanist.

Bits And Bobs

Just a quick post to update you on a couple of matters.

Presently I am awaiting delivery of a sample copy of Existence Is Futile.  Essentially it’s the last thing I have to approve before the book will be made available.  I have the small matter of a holiday on the horizon, which may well slow the whole process down slightly.  The way things stand, the book will most likely be released towards the end of August.

A few people have asked me about the book’s distribution.  Initially,  it will only be available in the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain and France.  I know it’s quite disappointing for those of us in Poland, but don’t worry, as my publisher will be adding further countries to that list in the next 4-6 weeks.  Optimistically, by the time the book is available, the small matter of distribution in Poland will be resolved.

And for those of you that care there is now both a Facebook page and a Google plus page for Existence Is Futile to help you keep up to date with all the latest news regarding the release date, the awards which I won’t win, and the most innovative ways to insult me personally.

That’s all for now.  Keep checking back here from time to time for more about Existence Is Futile.