Pilgrims, whales and trolls

Things are a bit topsy-turvy right now. Or maybe it’s just in my mind, which goes a bit awry at times. But at the same time as clearing out the flat, I was preparing for the imminent launch of Perfume Island, second in the Magali Rousseau series. I say was because the launch is running into snags. Or possibly worse. It’s a little early to say. I won’t bore you with the details – not now anyway. Maybe I’ll do a long, boring post about it later.

Monday was Aïd el-Kébir, so a public holiday here. Not being too bothered about pilgrims (of any persuasion), we went whale-watching, and got a slightly better glimpse of them than last time. My camera’s viewfinder doesn’t work any more, so I just click and hope for the best. Rather like launching a novel, I suppose.

Because of the holiday, I thought it was Sunday, so I forgot to publish GD’s piece about trolls on the Writers’ Co-op (I’m the one responsible for the schedule). It’s up there now, though. It’s actually about a reaction to his review of Tom Wolfe’s The Kingdom of Speech. Not having read it myself, I have no firm opinion, but Wolfe has ruffled a few feathers at any rate, which is probably not a bad thing. At the least it appears to be another nail in the coffin of Chomskyan linguistics.

A bit of a hotchpotch, this post. But like I said, things are in disarray right now.


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  1. Sorry to hear you’re hitting some snags! I hope they work out all right. I’m still plugging away at OGB – I hit some snags of my own with my insomnia again and it’s impacted my regular daily schedule, including my reading time. But I am really enjoying it and I will do my best to get a review up before you launch! (October 1?)

    • Thanks, Amanda. It was just a matter of stepping back and having a rethink of strategy, but I’m back on course now. More like November, I’d say, so you still have time 🙂 Hope you get back into a good sleeping pattern.

  2. I identify with temporarily topsy-turvy life turns, one of which I am currently emerging from like a recently metamorphosed caterpillar. My sympathies for your publishing glitches, but at the same time I feel my own redemption for not yet having posted an advanced review. I apologize tor that, but I will post within the next few days. May your life take a turn for the better, sooner rather than later.

    • Thank you, Sue. I’m thinking of it now as a blessing in disguise – more control, more options, and I’m well into the novella I might otherwise have kept putting off. No hurry for the review – whenever!

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