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November 19

November raced past, and we now find ourselves in the early and chilly days of December. November was an excellent month for giving books away, 465 in total with an additional 38 sales. Now that’s not horrible, if it leads to some positive reviews and future purchases, but it’s only a quarter of the number of books I need to sell per month, so, still a long way to go in that respect!

On the reading front, I’ve been battling through Francis Pike’s Hirohito’s War for a while now. The thing is over 1200 pages long and weighs almost 2kg. It’s pretty well written, and provides a lot of insight into the war in the Pacific that many historians miss. Number 1 would be China is primarily responsible for the defeat of Japan. Sort of like Russia in Europe. Somehow America always steals the glory.

On the TV/Film side, I really enjoyed watching the Trump impeachment hearings on the BBC. That guy is guilty as sin.

Film wise, I went and saw The Good Liar in the cinema, and while I can’t criticize the acting of the two leads, the plot tries to be too clever, and the end of the film ruins it.

I also went and watched LeMans 66, which I thought was a lot of fun, but then again, the ending sucks, and by ending, I mean the last five minutes. It seems this film got a lot of stink in the press about having an almost entirely white male cast. It was 1966 after all…….

And finally, I watched the Irishman. Ehhh. Too long. The actors are too old. I wasn’t that impressed.

On the music front, went to the Ollie Wride and Wolf Club gig in Camden. Great performances all round.

Work wise, things went well, got a 5 star rating on Goodreads for Standish, which I can’t complain about, and my newest project ‘Murder on Valtameri’ is going well.

Looking to December, it’s heads down and focus on Project XI, a whodunit in space that will hopefully be completed and ready for release in the first quarter of 2020. After that, I’m going to finish the 7th Earth Saga book, then perhaps tackle another stand-alone. We will have to see. Everyday I get another idea for a story, and now it’s just a question of getting the words onto the page.

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