Sorry for the relative lack of updates, but I’ve been travelling, unwell, and going to a few gigs, as well as working on the novel. (I actually had to take today off work ill because the mild cold I had set off my asthma and kept me awake all night).
There *will* be an extra-special-super-double-length Who post up on Mindless Ones tomorrow, but for now, some links.
Lawrence Miles has come up with the old idea of the wormhole-and-gravity-powered perpetual motion machine. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t work (simple reason — wormholes are distortions of spacetime. Gravity is a distortion of spacetime. Wormholes would negate the gravity.) But the post itself is lovely.
Just having a mobile phone present makes face-to-face conversation more difficult. I always have hated those loathsome devices, which destroy what little civility most people possess.
A writer apologises for recommending the lying, fraudulent, self-publishing guru John Locke. Much as I hate the Amazon review process and think it badly harms the careers of small writers, I have *never* been tempted to behave as despicably as Locke did and post fraudulent positive reviews in an attempt to game the system. (Full disclosure — I bought Locke’s book which claimed to tell how he sold a million ebooks, because it was only a dollar and I thought it might have useful advice in it. What little advice it contained was either so obvious I’d already realised it, or self-evidently wrong, so I never recommended his book to anyone else. I’m unsurprised he actually committed fraud.)
Incidentally, if you want *useful* advice about self-publishing, I always recommend the sites of Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, two veterans who have decades of experience making a living as writers, publishers and editors. I often disagree with individual statements they make, but neither of them is selling snake oil.