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November in London

It’s day 235 by my estimations since Lock-Down of some form or another started in London. And frankly, things don’t look rosy. Sure, a vaccine is on the horizon, but that will take months to deploy to citizens around the world, and then there’s the issue of storing and transporting it at freezing temperatures. That will not be an easy task to accomplish in every corner of the planet. Then the bigger question of how long the vaccine will last. Who knows? Fingers crossed, but I doubt we’ll be partying away the New Year with much frivolity this year.


It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a blog, so there’s some catching up to do.

The first order of business recently has been getting Project XI, Murder on Valtameri ready for my editor. This novel is primed for a late November launch, and while not my usual fare, I wanted to write it, so like it or lump it. One point of note, this novel takes place the ‘longest ago’ as far as the Earth Saga Universe goes. 7 AD, in Earth terms. There is the potential to have a few spin-off novels with one or two of the characters created for this story, but that will have to wait. Other projects beckon!


I recently realised that having a physical copy of my books makes it a lot easier to ‘find things’ than either using memory or scrolling endlessly through Word. With that in mind, I’ve had a copy of Standish printed out, since it’s already been edited by my guy, and has already proved a useful resource for some details for Project XIII. The plan is to have all my previous works re-edited, then print them out to use as references. Makes life a lot easier.


Had a pleasant cycle ride through town on the way home from King’s Cross after picking up the manuscript.


Took a few walks lately since the dog was back in town. Went up into town for a flu jab.


Took another lovely walk from Putney Bridge to Barnes.


Another walk around Hampstead Heath.


On a sad note, we lost Sean Connery recently. The man was a great James Bond, and he starred in some other great films from Hunt for the Red October, Indian Jones and the Last Crusade, the Rock, Finding Forrester, and the Untouchables just to name a few. The man was a legend.


We also lost a childhood hero of mine, Alex Trebek, the host of Jeopardy! When I was growing up, this was the only TV I was allowed to watch during the week. It fostered a desire to learn and helped me accumulate the knowledge I have today. Jeopardy! Is one of the greatest TV shows of all time in large part to its fantastic host Alex. I’ve considered buying the entire series, all the way back to 1984.


On the cinema front, I watched the French film Rogue City aka Bronx on Netflix. Pretty good and very French. Worth a watch if you enjoy gritty crime dramas.


The rest of November is focused on editing Escape from Jarosis. Once that is complete, it’s time to resume focus on A War Beneath the Clouds and the still-untitled virus book. This month will see the release of Murder on Valtameri, while December will see the release of Escape from Jarosis and the re-editing of Defiant Order, the second Earth Saga novel.


Fingers crossed, work will proceed smoothly, with two releases before the end of the year, and two more releases planned for the first half of 2021. With five novels in some phase of editing, I need to clamp down and knock these projects out so I can get on to new projects.


Stay safe out there.

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