The final countdown

Good title for a song, that. Most of my fellow Brits at the moment are doing not much, I suspect, except enjoy something approaching a real summer for about the first time in years. I suspect it’s probably less than 0.1% of the population who have a book coming out in just over two weeks, the silly so and sos; unfortunately, I happen to be one of them, and I spray messages about here and there to people who promised reviews, mentions etc. and send my morceaux of wit and reason hither and thither to enliven the cultural experience of mankind, or something, and a lot of the time, there’s just nobody there. I call into the wilderness, and it echoes me back. However, the book will be out in September, all being well, and by then, perhaps at least a portion of the known world will be back where they were, reading their e-mails.

In the meantime, I’m inclined to say hi and thanks to those people who are still out there plugging away in the dog days of August. ‘Vintage Script’ Issue 10, Summer 2013, has just come out, and could be the best £5.50’s worth anyone ever spent – proper historical fiction and plenty of it – www.vintagescript.co.uk  It also – in case I should inadvertently forget to mention it – got a piece of mine called ‘The Hollow’ in it, set around the time of the Battle of Waterloo, which in a couple of years’ time is going to become very newsworthy indeed.

Over at Fiction On The Web, www.fictionontheweb.co.uk , another of my offerings will hit the web rather than print. ‘Shedding the Tears’ will appear on August 17th, this e-zine’s esteemed editor tells me, and since Shedding the Tears won a competition shortlisting in the Wells Literary Festival (link a bit superfluous at the moment, it’s over for another year), it’s good to see it go to a good home.

I’m thinking perhaps that next August I might work it so that I don’t have a book coming out in a couple of weeks’ time, thereby joining the vast majority of the summer languishing population, which probably means we’ll be back with the non-existent summers again. It’s being so cheerful which keeps me going.

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