I have just been looking at the word count on my latest novel, and it has reached a whopping 42,000 words. I like to write books in the region of about 100,000 words, or a little more, so I am rapidly closing in on the half way point. This got me thinking about the various stages of the evolution of a novel, specifically my sci-fi novels. Mostly when people talk about the stages of a novel, they talk about a logical progression of several of them.
Let’s take a look at an issue of Starlord. I’ve been rereading this comic book, thanks to a wonderful website that collects the old comic for the public’s perusal. Back in 1978, I used to have to wait a week between comics, but now I can just go to the site and read another one whenever I like. Only 22 of them were ever published, unfortunately, so I should really ration them.
I’m trying to think of ways to promote my books, and at the moment I am flirting with YouTube. I’m spending time making animations to upload, just short simple ones for now, but maybe something more ambitious a little later. This post introduces my latest animation, a 3D spaceship video. First, just a short digression to mention that while I was writing the post, I suddenly started worrying about how long it should be.
I’m currently revisiting part of my childhood by rereading a comic I haven’t read since 1978. You can read along with me, thanks to the sterling efforts of the people behind Starlordcomic.com, which hosts scans of the comic book for browsing. I have already read issues one through six, and now it’s time for issue seven. Before I start, though, I must mention that 1978 was a very different time. The world has moved on in so many ways since then so I always wonder, when I start reading one of these issues, whether it will be hugely dated.
I’ve had a great idea for a new way to promote my books: I’m going get the word out via YouTube. As a man in his late 40s I’m not the most photogenic of people, so I’m not going to do any straight-to-camera work, but I do have some Blender skills. Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline, including modeling, animation, and even video editing.
I’m currently rereading a comic book that I loved from my childhood, and which I can once again read, all these years later, thanks to the power of the Internet. The comic was called Starlord and it was a great moment from British comic book history that burned briefly but brightly. Almost the complete run of Starlord can be found at Starlordcomic.com. Follow the link and read a few pages, it’s a great comic with real class.
I posted about Star Trek: Discovery episode 3, Context is for Kings, the other day, and one of the things I like is that the show continues to subvert the technobabble of Star Trek with a bit more of an infusion of magic and the uncanny. The science of the new invention they are working on in this episode, for example, is described as a mix or energy and organics, exploiting an invisible web that unites the galaxy.
I just watched Star Trek: Discovery episode 3, Context is for Kings, the other day, and the show is taking on the shape I assume it will have going forward. We now move to Discovery itself and Michael starts to interact with the rest of the crew, including some of her former crewmates from her previous ship. I like a lot of things about this episode, and about what I assume the show is going to be.
I can’t say how grateful I am to StarlordComic.com for collecting scans of my favorite comic book from my childhood in one place. As the site says: Starlord was a short-lived British Sci-fi comic published in 1978. It was much loved by the nerdy Star Wars obsessed 10 year old boy that I was at the time. I second that sentiment, except I was a nerdy 8 year old, though equally obsessed with Star Wars.
Facebook has 71 billion monthly active users and 1.13 billion of them are there every day. These numbers mean that it simply can not be ignored if you want to reach people. I have never exactly ignored Facebook, but I think I may not have been using it to its full potential. Until now, my usual way of promoting my books on Facebook was to write a blog post then post a link to it to Facebook, and lately I have begun to suspect there must be more to Facebook promotion than that.