Sporadic diary, entry 6

June 30 2015

Oh my word, Sally has inserted a firecracker up the backside of this project. I have now got a FaceBook page, and I’ve been trying to add things to it. It is hard to overstate how much I hate doing this. All the problems I have with FB (see earlier entries in this blog) have come to the surface, so I really am stuck. I offered to just make something up, but she said when I become famous it would come back to haunt me. I dunno, not so sure myself. I think most people would prefer to read something interesting and exciting rather than of a boring little toerag tap-tapping away and growling at family, friends and visitors.

I am rather warming to (again) inserting my vectorised mugshot into historical events, a la Forest Gump or (a better film) Zelig. As long as it was outrageous enough, surely it wouldn’t matter?

June 28 2015

Ha! Things are looking up! Lotsa stuff has happened recently, and I’ve been so busy I’ve rather neglected this blog.

sally cover 2First up, Sally has produced a cover we’re both pleased with. I’ve bunged it out on the front page, but here it is again.

Uncomplicated yet dramatic enough to hold the attention.

Would you think to buy this book? Yes is the only answer that really works for me.

Yeah, OK, using eyes like that is now something of a trope, but then again, all cliches are shortcuts. You know what they mean. And in this particular world of kids ebook covers, eyes indicate either a benign wise person overseeing all, or (as here) an evil remorseless presence relentlessly hunting down the good guys.


Second up, (and as important) the web developer has come back! If you remember I sent him Abigail 1 to read and he immediately went quiet. So I thought whoops!  He hates the book (or doesn’t think it’ll sell) so that’s it, all over, I’ll have to do the website myself, more substandard bodged work.

But no, he’s just been moving. So we’re fixing up to meet. Haven’t asked him if he’s read the book. I daren’t. What if he says no, which rather implies he’s doing it to add to his portfolio? I don’t want to paint myself into a corner, which is something I’m prone to do.

Trouble is, not sure we’ve got enough images for him yet. We’ll see.

And yet more news! One of Sally’s friends has offered to proofread  for a £10 and a bottle of booze. I immediately queried if he actually knows what proof reading entails (must be the most tedious thing in the world, outside mucking out chicken shit) (And that’s a job I’ve done) (and no, that is not a euphemism). So the price is like super cheap. Usually it’s something akin to £10+ per thousand words. Abigail 1 is about 20,000 words, so even I can do the math.

But he does know what a proofreader does! On the gift horse principle, seize with both hands! So that should be taking place today! That’s why I’ve been so busy. Spent 3 days in intensive rewriting bootcamp. Even (nearly) missed meals! And believe me that shows considerable dedication on my part!

Oh God, just look at the number of shriek marks (!) in the last para. Excited? Moi? You bet!

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