Month in Review: September ’18

September has come to an end, and with it the heat. London is cooling off, and autumn has arrived. September was a fairly productive month. I got Standish into the hands of another beta-tester, and work on Project 8 (Book VI) has continued. I’ve also gotten a better picture of where the Earth Saga series is heading after Book IV has wrapped, and what project with be up next after 8 is complete. Lots to figure out, but if the keys keep getting punched, we’ll get there eventually.

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In terms of books sales, September wasn’t the worst month of record, but it wasn’t stellar. I really need to find an agent, otherwise I’ll be in literary obscurity forever.

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Read the first book in the Agent Cormac series from Neal Asher, Gridlinked¸ and I thought it was quite fun. Quite a change from reading a tomb on the Napoleonic Wars. I’ve got a stack of books to read at home which will take at least a year to get through.

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I also added Nuthin But Mech 2 to my collection in September. I found it in Forbidden Planet while popping in randomly. The artwork inside is amazing, and really gets the mind flowing in so many directions.

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September also had the book launch of my friend James Sherwood’s Jewelry for Gentlemen book at Bentley and Skinner on Piccadilly. A great resource of men’s jewelry and filled with inspiration of how to jazz up any look.

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Cinema in September was a very mixed bag. On the good side was Born to be Blue, about Chet Baker. Ethan Hawke delivered a great performance as Baker, and I’m always a fan of Callum Keith Rennie. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Bodyguard series on the BBC. Gripping, well written. A winner.

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On the other side of the spectrum were disasters like Riddick, Point Break (the remake), and Passengers. Proof that no amount of budget can save a badly written story with crappy dialogue and dreadful acting. Who green-lights these catastrophes?

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Music wise, we stuck with adding synth-wave tunes to the collection, along with more random albums from several ‘Greatest Records of All Time’ lists. My library is growing with not only music I like, but with music I’m told I should listen to, at least to increase my breadth and depth of knowledge.

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Unfortunately, we lost Burt Reynolds in September. The man was a character.

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On a positive note, we got a picture of Arnie and Linda Hamilton. Whatever they make can’t be worse than Genisys!

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October should be a good month. Visiting Germany twice along with France. Need to get more words down on the page. Project 8 (Book VI) needs to be finished by the end of November to stick with a late December launch. We shall see!

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Until next time.

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