Photos from June.

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:
Motivational!

Warning: we take a photo of ourselves at every interesting place we visit, so expect three or four repetitious images.


Jumping on sand.

I thought I’d share some photos. Looking at these makes me imagine myself as a super hero.

leaping

leaping


landing

landing

I’m running down the very steep side of the Dune de Pyla. Pola simply turned the camera so the slanted horizon looks horizontal.


Novel feedback

I got my first email feedback from someone who read the finished version of my novel, Minding Tomorrow:

Heya Luke
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! luke@juggler.net

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!


Podcast updates

After a bit of a break while I worked on my own novel, I just put out a new Science Fiction Book Review Podcast episode, where I pretty much list all the things I hated about The Fall of Hyperion. Not my normal format! It’s a real pity I hated the book, and stopped reading half way through, as the previous novel in the series, Hyperion, was one of my favourite reads of the year.

Immediately after finishing my review I was a guest on the Sofanauts podcast. It was a blast! We talked about novels and short stories and publishing and ebooks and generally loads of science fiction topics. I’ll link to it when Tony uploads it, probably tomorrow.

And who knows… maybe a juggling podcast before the week is out? First episode for 6 months? There’s certainly enough pestering emails to make me guilty enough for that.


Minding Tomorrow released online.

Tonight I finished a long term project: an idea for a novel kicking around in my head for years, many aborted attempts to get words on the page, finally completing a first draft last year, lots of editing, and lots of feedback from test readers over six months…

Now my first novel, the newly named Minding Tomorrow, is available for downloading, reading and sharing under a Creative Commons license. That means it’s free!

Here’s some blurb to get you interested:

A near-future, non-linear, multiple-character, science fiction/mystery/thriller novel by Luke Burrage. Length: 46,000 words (equivalent to 200 pages).

“A wealthy investor living the highlife, an outcast returning to his homeland after 20 years, a computer programmer looking for a new challenge, a shadowy figure pulling strings behind the scenes, a student with an unusual problem…

This novel follows a wide cast of characters as they try to find their way in an uncertain future, coming to terms with new technologies, shifting politics, natural catastrophes, and other problems on a more human scale.

Many questions are raised along the way: Who are these people and what links them together? Can any one person change the world? Just because you can, does it mean you should?”

Reader quotes:

“I really enjoyed reading the book and would certainly re-read it again. Very enjoyable. By your criteria I would give it 4 stars!! … I can’t emphasise enough just how much I enjoyed it and it was really nice to have to THINK about a book for once.” – Tamer Sadek

“…original, offbeat and compelling.” – David Lim.

“I’m greatly impressed with what you have created! I enjoyed the story very much, especially when I read it the second time. Also, you demonstrated that it is possible to write a “first” story that’s already better than books I’ve paid real money for…” – Georg

“There were a few parts were my heart started pounding and I was wondering what was going to happen next. Inevitably, I would get some work to do right at that moment and have to hurry through so I could get back to reading.” – Rory Rezzelle

“I’m almost half way through the story now… The twist was well timed; I was wondering where all of it was going. By the end of the chapter an audible, chuckling oh shit! escaped my mouth, and now I can’t wait to read the rest of it… Overall, I’m sorry I didn’t read it sooner. This is some pretty fun stuff.” – Evan Lamb

“It was surprisingly good, much better than I was expecting. Can I read your next one?” – Nathan Rae, my twin brother.