Eyes That Could Kill When being abducted once is just not enough. Langley Garret’s Sunday morning started very badly, after waking with a hangover and a depressed feeling of worthlessness, along with a foreboding sensation in his gut. With his wife working away yet again, and the realisation that their marriage was probably very close to an end, and that his life was slowly ebbing away, he pondered his misfortune. As he decided to start accepting that his life just couldn’t get any worse, over his breakfast of coffee, cold pizza and orange juice, it did, when his miserable, quiet and lonely Sunday morning was interrupted by two very nasty
So what’s really so new? As a kid, I was in awe of Dick Tracy’s watch phone. It was something so futuristic and wondrous, so, well, high-tech – even though the word didn’t exist back then. It was probably before the only high I can remember, which was high fidelity stereo. I loved reading comics and science fiction, and believing that by the time I turned thirty I would have a wrist phone, a portable record player and my own space ship. Travelling to the moon would be like catching a bus for a long weekend and cars wouldn’t use roads, they would fly through the air on invisible skyways.
What is self-publishing exactly? Whenever I read anything about self-publishing, I always get the feeling that it’s is being compared to traditional publishing. You know how it goes. Self-publishing’s standards are low, the quality of the stories are poor, every self-publisher should use an editor and have their covers produced professionally. A lot of advice, of which most is quite sound. That is if it were referring to producing traditionally published quality. Although new, it’s probably time to stop all this comparing because self-publishing has nothing to do with publishing at all, but everything to do with the Internet. Whether it be ebooks or print on demand paperbacks, self-publishing is Internet-based
I am just a writer It’s clearly becoming a new trend for a writer to diversify and supplement their modest incomes with a few tempting literary side line appendages. Unfortunately for me however, I just don’t believe I have the necessary qualifications to append these new ‘métiers‘ to my tired old title of just a writer. While I can quite happily and with great certainty append ‘Reader‘, I am equally certain that adding ‘Editor‘ would be stretching the limits of the truth. I mean, aren’t editors supposed to be experienced, qualified, grumpy and meticulous? Well, perhaps I would qualify on the grumpy part but not much else. Even ‘Proofreader’ would be a rather