Whenever I make time to peep at my blog statistics I am struck by the higher number of hits for Tryfan than for any of my desperate attempts to point people at my books. Tryfan is a fine mountain in Snowdonia and I scaled its summit with the help of John last year. North face, too, with a mighty scramble just to reach the first stile out of the carpark! I often wonder whether all those thousands of mountain climbers seeking expert help and information about Tryfan, find my blog and think what on Earth have we here? Books, who wants science fiction books when they could be reading about mountains?
Even odder are the large hit rates I get for car in hedge. Yes, I encountered a car parked at right angles to the road and neatly into a hedge, but I can’t find it on google any more. Yet plenty of folks somehow hit my blog because I plonked it in here.and now I’ve done it again. More hits. Maybe a car in hedge afficianado will also want to buy my Exit, Pursued by a Bee book or at least glance at the fantastic video trailer for it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnr-135u84c
I still look at it, even though my clicks on it don’t add to the score there. It’s the clip of the animated spheres in orbit that grab me. So uncannily like the ones in my book. They do exactly as in the clip. Anyway they are so hypnotic, dreamy…
A marvelous endorsement to Exit arrived today from a writer who inhabits several forums. Her avatar is ~bintarab. Note the tilde ~ what a lovely name to call a scriggly line. She found a few typos in an early version of Exit and at my request was good enough to read it through again to note exactly where they were. She says this: “Since I read through it a second time to make my list, I pulled out the quotes that interested me enough that I might mention one or two of them in a book review; turns out they’re the witty quips and turns of phrase that were poetic descriptions to me. But for all that lovely humor, I did it again: I nibbled my fingernails from about page 197 on. How stupid — I knew exactly what was going to happen, there’s no justification for nail-biting, no suspense, no tension — but there was! It’s proof to me of how good your story is, Geoff, that you enraptured me even the second time around as I was looking for errors! Makes no sense, but kudos to you for it! Best sci-fi book I’ve read in a loooong while.”
Wow. I want to marry you! I’d have to ask my wife first, just to check she’s OK for multiple wife arrangements.
I am rewriting Exit as an audio script – Double Dragon Publishing is going into audio books and I want Exit to be in there. I know I could read the whole of the book myself and use Audacity to record it with a microphone, but my voice is slow Gloucestershire, and the main voice in the book is Phoenix American young woman! Anyway I bet it will be another work of art when finished. There are still some ebooks left if you want to spend that change from the bus – here