Après moi, le déluge!

I had my first book signing last night at Books & Sundry, one of our beautiful new bookstores in Plymouth, and no sooner did I set up than the skies opened up with a monsoon that flooded the street in front of the store! Then came some thunder and lightning. (Granny Lovenanger may have had something to do with that!) Pretty spectacular. And yes, I’m dressed as Granny, but I don’t have nearly the pizzazz that she does.

But we managed to have a pretty good time. Met some nice folks, saw old friends, and sold and signed some books, despite it all. Only lasted about 40 minutes, then a rainbow came out. My thanks go out to Glenda (the Good) and Aubrey for hosting the signing.

Book signing photos taken by Aurbrey Sherman @ Books & Sundry.
Photos of the storm taken by author, Judith Campbell.

Coming soon! My novel as an ebook. (Whew!)

I’m sorry that this has been such a lo-o-o-ong time coming, but I finally did it. (I think.) In the next few days my novel should be available as an ebook. I would have e-published it many moons ago, but after weeks that turned into months of struggle trying to retain the fun fonts of the print books, I threw up my hands. Ebook conversion just does not play nicely with others (on any e-publisher’s software).
But Eureka! I found a work-around to keep the chapter subtitles looking as they do in print, and (drum roll) get them to work in a table of contents! Alas, I could not do the same for the dropped caps. They kept shooting off into space far away from their parent paragraphs. So the adorable dropped cap font had to be thrown to the ravenous piranhas of infantile software. Even though any number of major newspapers (the New York Times for instance) use that same font (Chomsky) or a similar one, conversion turns the dropped cap into a generically boring dog biscuit.
Jeez! We can land a rover on Mars, but we can’t solve conversion issues in ebooks.
Ah, well. But to make it up to you Kindle kinder out there, I added a page of reviews (both real and non-), and A NEW FOOTNOTE! Oh–about that: You can’t have footnotes either in ebooks, or headers/footers, or page numbers. So . . . the footnotes are now endnotes at the back of the book, but they’re clickable from the table of contents, so you can shoot back and forth.
So okay . . . for those of you who just have to read onscreen, it will be available very soon. Sorry you won’t get the full reading experience of the most excellent print books, but that seems to be the current, industry-wide trade off.

Christopher Moore has done it again!

If you’re not already a fan, you will be when you read his latest book, Razzamatazz—one of his best ever.
My prior favorites were Lamb (the childhood of Christ as told by his best friend, Biff), and the vampire trilogy of love stories: Blood Sucking Fiends, You Suck, and Bite Me. All his books are LOL funny, but in this one, Chris has really upped his game.
An urban fantasy and sequel to Noir, Razzamatazz has everything: hatchet wielding “working girls,” gangsters, guys and dolls looking for the main chance, drag kings and queens, dragons and aliens of all sorts, taking you on a wild romp through Fog City after WWII. Chris has taken on some tough issues, as ever with wit and humanity. His characters will make you laugh and sometimes make you cry, and you will never, ever forget them.
Atta boy! BRAVO, Chris!

Rip-Off on the Highest Level: A Cautionary Tale

How £300,000 was stolen from Jericho Writers
I want to make writers (and others) aware of an appalling situation that occurred to one of my favorite and one of the best writing websites I subscribe to: Jericho Writers in the UK. Harry Bingham is a superb writer in his own right, as well as a spot-on writing mentor. His group offers tons of free advice to us struggling writers and terrific workshops to better our craft, and they did not deserve this.  No one does.  It’s a horrific cautionary tale to all not to be hoodwinked by accountancy corporations, no matter how large and well known. It’s bad enough that a trusted employee ripped them off. SHAME on Blick Rothenberg.
 Please watch and share this video, even if you just keep it on as background noise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH6ZAPazP8Q
The more exposure it has, the better.  Blick Rothenberg should be banned. 

In Memoriam

On this day, March 15th, in 2015, one of the world’s funniest writers died–an exceedingly bright, curious mind, a kind and loving heart, and a clear-eyed (yet often righteously angry) view of the world–the late and very great Sir Terry Pratchett. Damn the “embuggerment!” GNU Sir Terry.

And in case you’re wondering about the meaning of “GNU” in this context, here’s a link to an article published just two days after his death: https://www.theguardian.com/books/shortcuts/2015/mar/17/terry-pratchetts-name-lives-on-in-the-clacks-with-hidden-web-code#:~:text=(This%20was%20also%20a%20realworld,his%20name%20is%20still%20spoken.%E2%80%9D