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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Final post to the Secret Blog

Yes, you read correctly — this is the final post to the Secret Blog. Recently, all my attention has been on writing, and on my book Island of Fog, and I've been repeating these posts over at UnearthlyTales.com. Well, quite honestly I feel like I've run the course with the Secret Blog. It was an experiment, and I enjoyed it while it lasted, but I think you'll agree that I've run out of things to say that are in any way related to Enid Blyton! I think there's only one thing worse than not having a blog, and that's having a blog that is hardly ever updated. [More]

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Thumbs up from Piers Anthony

A few weeks ago I sent an email to Piers Anthony, the successful sci-fi/fantasy author best known for his magical Xanth series. A quick potted history: I started reading Piers Anthony's books way back in 1986, when I was sixteen and actively looking for a new author to "collect." I found book #9 of his Xanth series, Golem in the Gears, which at the time was the latest. Today there are 34 books and more to come! For the next ten years I was hooked on Xanth and anything else by the author, including his Incarnations of Immortality, Bio of a Space Tyrant, and Adept series, plus many one-off novels like Shade of the Tree, Macroscope, and Total Recall (the novelization of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie). [More]

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Website interruption

This is just a quick post to explain what happened with the site over the last couple of days. For the last year I've been moving websites from one server (Modwest) to another (HostGator). Modwest has become increasingly slow and troublesome over the last year and yesterday they had major hardware problems that resulted in many of my sites being offline ALL DAY. As I write this, more than 24 hours after the hardware issue started, there are still a couple of sites not working. To say I'm annoyed is an understatement. [More]

Monday, May 4, 2009

Down Home Days

So there I was on Friday night, loading up the van in torrential rain and thinking, "Well, better that it rains NOW than tomorrow morning!" Saturday morning was, of course, the planned annual Down Home Days in downtown Chickamauga, Georgia, which last year was attended by 12,000 people milling about the streets. Chickamauga is a very small town, basically a few roads with gift stores, so this street festival thing is a pretty big deal — various small boutiques and booths, plenty of hot dog vendors, fire truck tug-o'-wars, the procession of colorful wagons, and bands playing throughout the day and into the night. And I had a tent of my own, from which I could promote my new book, Island of Fog. Trouble is, the weathermen had predicted rain on Saturday. [More]

Thursday, April 30, 2009

First delivery of books

Yesterday was a very exciting day for me, because the UPS van turned up with my first delivery of 50 Island of Fog books. I was out at the time; Nessa and I had a few errands to run, and we were also shopping for bits and pieces for our "booth" at this weekend's Down Home Days street festival. But Nessa's mom phoned to tell me they'd arrived, and I was pleased as Punch. I wasn't expecting them quite so early, and had planned to set up my booth with a load of leaflets containing a long excerpt from the fourth chapter — not ideal, but better than nothing. But now the books have arrived, so I can actually take those along with me (although the leaflets will come in handy too). [More]