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Just a quick post to let you know that ‘How to Print your Novel with Kindle Direct Publishing‘ [ebook version] will be free in the US from 12:00am, September 26, 2018 till 11:59pm September 26, 2018.

For the Eastern seaboard of Australia, 12:00am Seattle time [Amazon] translates to 5:00pm Melbourne time. So for us, it’ll be sometime after 5:00 pm tomorrow, Thursday September 26, 2018.

Gah…I hate timezones.

Now, the ebook uses a fixed format so all the pictures fit properly. BUT. That means the ebook will only work on:

…Fire tablets and free reading apps for iPads, Android tablets, smartphones, PCs, and Macs.

Sorry, but it simply won’t work on ordinary Kindles. I will play around with a different format, to see if it works, but I’m not holding my breath; Kindles are great for text heavy books, but I suspect their ability to ‘flow’ will cause merry…

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The Spring Equinox for those of us south of the equator. Days and nights of equal length. The crepuscular critters get out and about in the times we are more aware of them. I love those things - their sounds, shapes, the way they hide in the half-light as day fades or wakes. It is … Continue reading Equinox

Today in Literary History – September 21, 1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is first published

A children’s story …

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The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s now classic children’s fantasy novel, was first published on September 21, 1937. It is a quest-type novel and establishes the fictional world that Tolkien would flesh out in his later Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Tolkien was an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon literature at the time and had a strong interest in medieval studies and ancient, especially Norse, mythologies.

He started writing The Hobbit on a whim and finished it in 1932. He passed copies of the manuscript along to several friends, including a former student who showed it to a friend who worked at the publishing house George Allen and Unwin.

43598127322b7cff0a42718f5d3180d4.jpg Illustration by Tolkien produced in colour in first US edition

According to the story, the friend gave the manuscript to Stanley Unwin who in turn gave it to his ten-year-òd son to read. The boy loved it and Unwin decided to publish it.


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The Issue is Always Time … and

Well, today it's time. I got the message from CreateSpace, so clicked on the button. Easy, I've seen where others have done it. Fast. A few minutes. Not for this little green duck (maybe I should've chosen a Muscovy duck as the mascot - no one messes with them!). 50 minutes later, it's still swirling … Continue reading The Issue is Always Time … and