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Writer's Talk / Amazon delivery woes
« on: October 01, 2018, 10:30:43 AM »
The Amazon delivery saga continues. I'd paid in advance for 12 copies of Xaghra's Revenge to go to Bargate Bookshop, Gozo one of the Maltese islands in the Mediterranean; another 12 to Bookworm bookshop, Gozo and 10 to come here in Chester, UK - all back in April. 12 arrived at Bookworm but water damaged so Amazon promised a replacement. Meanwhile that shop wanted a further 12, so I ordered those too. All via the publisher at a generous author discount so I don't lose money when the bookshops send me 10 euros per copy. So far those shops have received no more copies. Amazon's KDP keep messing up the deliveries. They sent my 10 copies to Canada then said they cannot deliver any more to either Canada nor the Maltese islands nor Australia and a bunch of other places. They promised refunds but I said I need books not refunds. So publisher switched back to using Amazon's Createspace last week.
24 copies arrived this morning - here in Chester! Not the 10 copies I wanted for a talk in June, but possibly the 24 copies that are supposed to go to Gozo!

The publisher is going to try again to get Amazon to use tracking to find out what's gone wrong and how to put it right.
Good thing lives are not dependent on our books.

My other publisher uses POD via Lightning Source. A bit more expensive but so far 100% reliable.

Success Stories / Incremental or mental?
« on: September 19, 2018, 08:34:10 AM »
Did you enjoy The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Darkside, and just the story that follows a slight abnormality in everyday life? A taste of what is to come. This collection of surreal short stories are of mixed genre but mostly science fiction, fantasy, and a bit mad. Or, as one beta-reader put it: "More mental than incremental."
Example: a pothole doubles in size daily near Madrid. Is it merely subsidence? Another appears at its antipodal point in New Zealand. When will it stop? Does it stop?
A house in London is hit by a grape-sized meteorite. And again same time the next day, and again…Why and how does the owner inadvertently profit?
A man awakes on his ceiling and can’t move…
It will be published on October 6th 2018 by LL-Publications who produced ARIA. Why October 6th? It’s in honour of my mother’s birthday. She had joined me up to the Children’s Science Fiction Book Club when I was just old enough to read.
Pre-order now! Cheaper than a coffee and cake. This link gives you your Amazon Kindle anywhere in the world.

Writer's Talk / Worries before a book tour
« on: April 21, 2018, 06:02:56 PM »
I don't know. I took enough books to do a simple signing at the hotel in Malta that offered to host me seeing as I'd stayed there to do research and write Xaghra's Revenge over the last 12 years. No sooner had the hotel put up posters on their windows, entertainments board (haha) and on facebook than I received 4 more engagements. Me! Who'd rather be asleep under the desk in the lobby than meet too many people. I sold out. Good although it meant disappointing a few people who'd come to a bookshop to see me on Gozo. However, the owner has agreed to be a stockist so more will be there in a couple of weeks. I blogged the experience here along with a link to the excerpt I read to a posh Salon group and to the good folk in the Gozo Central library.

Writer's Talk / Creativity
« on: March 26, 2018, 10:03:13 AM »
I’ve been thinking again about the randomness of the nature of creativity. I found two illustrations both involving roads / traffic that amuse me.
Henri Poincare (he predicted gravitational waves before Einstein) in 1905 solved a tricky mathematical problem while stepping on to a bus. Imagine the conductor yelling at Henri while the professor froze mid-step. Dépêchez-vous!

Roger Penrose, the mathematician, similarly experienced a creative moment when he crossed a road in the late 1960s – he’d been in conversation with Steven Hawkins among other thinkers and realised that if a star collapsed beyond a certain point they wouldn’t be able to expand again – black hole.

Not that I count myself in such august company but the original idea for ARIA: Left Luggage a novel involving infectious amnesia came while cycling up a steep Welsh hill.

Anyone here had an idea burst in on them while doing something quite banal?

Writer's Talk / Crossing and then some
« on: March 08, 2018, 02:11:18 PM »
A little optimising puzzle in my novel I’m working on.
Three people reach their boat on the left side of a river. They have a second boat on the other side. A fourth person has yet to arrive so they need to leave a boat for him on the left. What’s the shortest number of journeys across the river? (Counting a journey with two people in a boat each as one)
I make it 5.
Secondary question: should I give the solution in the story or leave it to interested readers to work it out?

The Bar & Grill / How long before you were missed?
« on: March 04, 2018, 09:19:39 PM »
Now here's something that me and Mrs N have a conversation which we'd never had before. Both watching Endeavor. A sudden attack on Morse made us both jump. Oh how we laughed at each other - fancy being scared of something on TV. Then I said just suppose we'd both had a heart attack and snuffed it? How long before we would be found? Tuesday we go pick up grandsons from school, but suppose we'd arrived home that night? Yep, we reckon a full week. Yes son and daughter might have phoned or messaged. Maybe get suspicious our lack of answering, lack of fb messages and posts, but they're busy. Nope, reckon it would be after grandsons' school phoned daughter at her college course or her hubby late at work that we hadn't picked up the boys. Grim, yet an interesting exercise.

How long before you're demise would be noticed?

Welcome - START HERE! / I go away for a while then...
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:26:45 PM »
I know I was only an occasional user of MWC, but I'd grown to love you guys and gals with your witty repartee and appreciative comments, so I popped back in and whoa. Thanks to Firefly for sending me a boomerang with this address on it. No doubt she's recaptured it and sending it off again.

For those who've been lucky enough not to encounter me:
Geoff Nelder, former teacher of Geography and IT, lives in England withing easy cycling distance of the Welsh mountains. I thought I could make money from my writing after some deluded readers said they adored my style, but while yes there's money coming in, it's not enough to keep me in puncture repair kits for my touring bicycle. However, being a bad-ass editor and a critical contest judge actually pays a decent amount of pocket money. Certainly more than the 80+ short stories and 10 books published so far.

Good to see you again.

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