East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

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It’s over (almost)

victoryAnd so it’s finished.
Clocking in at close to 68.000 words, my pulp/fantasy novel of high adventure set in Shanghai and parts east in the year 1936 is done.

Well, actually I’m doing the final revision – or the post-revision revision, if you will.

I did my writing in Scrivener, and it was a really pleasant experience.
But now I’m exporting it and I’m making a LibreOffice .odt file for my editors to be able to go through it at their leisure. Continue reading

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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

5140EdKTZDL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I mentioned a few weeks back the graphic novel Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, written and drawn by Tony Cliff (NOT the Trotskiist activist of the same name).
I was planning on getting me a copy as a celebration award for completing my novel, but a friend beat me and gave me a copy as a gift.
I read the book on my way back from Lucca (and this made me one of the few men to come home from a comic fair holding a comic that was not on sale at the fair), and then again last week, just because it’s too good a story.

And I must confirm my first impression – this work is an utter delight. Continue reading

writing feat


Rewriting Chapter Twelve

Leonid_Pasternak_001And so the twelfth chapter has to be rewritten.
Oh, well, it’s part of the job.

Fact is, my content editor pointed out a hole – the sort of hole through which a zeppelin might fly.
Basically - chapter twelve: our heroes escape from their cell and wreak havoc in the bad guy‘s (the bad gal’s, actually) base.

Enter the content editor: how comes they are prisoner and the bad gal locks ‘em up together?
Implied question: is the bad gal stupid? Continue reading

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Glen A. Larson, R.I.P.

I just learned about the untimely death ofwriter and producer Glen A. Larson.
The creator of the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, of the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV series, of Magnum PI and a lot of other works, he was a pillar in the education of a kid growing up on TV in the late ’70s and early ’80s.

Geez, I loved Buck Rogers! (well, ok, the first series)

… even if, admittedly, the song was kinda sucky.


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