Beyond the Frontiers of the Million Word Challenge

Today is a post of two, interconnected, halves: it is the first post of the month, so it is time for an update on the Million Word Challenge; and I just published another book, which you can get free, and put another one on pre-order.

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Worms of Heaven by Misha Burnett

Worms of Heaven by Misha BurnettIn the third volume in the Book of Lost Doors series, Burnett continues to push the boundaries of paranormal soap opera; a genre that, if he didn’t invent he has made his own. While using the same preternatural outsiders living among us seed as urban fantasy and paranormal romance, there are no Byronic heroes who just need the right woman, beautiful people with a magical quirk, or happily-ever-afters here.

The rest of this review might contain spoilers for the first two volumes: Catskinner’s Book and Cannibal Hearts.


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Are There Any Listeners in the Audience Tonight?

Today a request for feedback from my fine audience: do any of you listen to audio-books?


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A Quiet Disruption

After a small amount of struggling with colour reproduction for the cover, An Unquiet Calm is now available as a paperback.

An Unquiet Calm Print Cover

Paperback Cover

Copies are available from Amazon or direct from Createspace:

Amazon  CreateSpace

When I first uploaded the cover to Createspace several warning about transparency and critical elements within the bleed were raised.

As the image was both flat and had no text in the bleed, this puzzled me. So I remade the cover to make certain and resubmitted. Same warnings.

I spent several days measuring and flattening the file to make certain and couldn’t find anything. Then I discovered a very old thread raising a bug with the Createspace automated checks: if a file isn’t PDF 1a compatible, they sometimes misread dimensions or transparency.

As soon as I opened my PDF creator I realised compatibility had somehow been turned off.

Once I set compatibility, everything worked perfectly.


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Magpie Tales: Magpie and the Apple Tree by Neil Murton

Magpie Tales: Magpie and the Apple Tree (Magpie Tales #3) by Neil MurtonEver tried to write an enthralling, thought-provoking, or even just workable story using exactly 100 words? Then you will know how impressive it is this is Murton’s third collection of them.

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Liberty Endangered by the Abuse of Liberty

The issue of human rights has been in the news a lot recently. Particularly for minorities. I suspect my inclusionist views on people having them are already well-known to frequent readers. However, I also make a clear distinction between possession and use: a legal right or liberty is a method not a goal.


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The Difference Between Listening and Hearing

The polishing for Season One of Greenstar proceeds apace, so we are on target to release early Autumn. Therefore, reachers for the further prize that we are, Simon and I are working on putting out Season One as an audio book later this year as well. To which end I have spent the morning considering the aural equivalent of an indent.

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Time Walker Chronicles: Filling the Void by P.D. Kew

Time Walker Chronicles Volume 1: Filling the Void by P.D. KewMixing time-travel, metaphysics, and the surreal, the first volume of the Time Walker Chronicles skilfully weaves a plot that races along with all the panache of a spy thriller.

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What Some Might Call Magic

The last few days have generally been both productive and pleasant. However, there have also been annoyances. After some consideration I have determined I must have come under the influences of a monkey’s paw.

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A Spectacle Found

My computer is experiencing some difficulties, so not feeling either political or humorous today. Instead, a most joyous thing:

Any parallel between the hare’s spectacles and my computer is entirely coincidental.


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