I’ve now been on holiday for about a month. I’m having a fantastic time. However, I do miss home, mainly for the juggling studio and the fact I live in Berlin. Living in a Fiat Ducato van is fun, but Pola and I can’t exactly host breakfast parties for 37 people, as we did three days before setting off:
big breakfast at home
Meanwhile, I put out a new, special episode of the Science Fiction Book Review Podcast. Ender’s Game really is good!
There’s now an ePub version of my novel “Minding Tomorrow” available to download. ePub files are the most universally accepted format for eBook readers, and the format used by Stanza for the iPhone. I also put up some instructions on how to transfer it over to your iPhone if you don’t know already.
I got some more feedback too. It seems people like the twist (although I made sure there is a lot more going on than just a twist):
“Finished the novel today and I absolutely loved it. What a twist. I will surely read it again right now, knowing what is going on… Can hardly wait for the sequels.”
“I thought it was a really enjoyable read. Definitely old school science fiction… This is one of the few books I’m likely to read twice, as second time through it’ll be interesting to see if I can pick up all the references that were only incidental on the first reading.”
Pola and I are on holiday, which means lots of travel/holiday/action/landscape/wildlife/flower photography. The full album is at Sosauce.com, like normal, and it contains 70 images. I’ll update the travel map at some point too, and link it on this blog. Here’s (yet another) photo of me jumping:
Warning: we take a photo of ourselves at every interesting place we visit, so expect three or four repetitious images.
I thought I’d share some photos. Looking at these makes me imagine myself as a super hero.
I’m running down the very steep side of the Dune de Pyla. Pola simply turned the camera so the slanted horizon looks horizontal.
I got my first email feedback from someone who read the finished version of my novel, Minding Tomorrow:
my name’s Brandt I’m a listener of your SFBRP and I’ve just finished reading Minding Tomorrow.
I thought it very original, I think I got my 1st glimmer of suspicion about a quarter of the way through.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading on to confirm this, I think I stayed up till about 4am reading till I had to
stop about 7 chapters short of the end. Just wanted to write and say thanks for a good read,
and I look forward to more in the future.
Thanks Brandt! I hope future emails from other readers are similarly positive.
Meanwhile my second novel (more of a long novella) is coming along nicely. One more edit and I’ll send it out to volunteer readers for initial feedback. Email me if you’re interested! firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m also going to work on some “book covers” for these projects. I’ll post some ideas here if I can make The Gimp work for me.
Finally, I’m working on an EPUB format download. Some time soon I’ll get it to work. I promise!