My last post was in September, regarding a book reading in Kilbirnie. My grandmother died the day before that event. It was about then that I lost my voice.
Not my physical voice, of course. But beyond the publication of The Sovereign Hand, it was a truly dismal year. Personally, yes, with my father’s death and various other trials and disappointments; but as someone who cares, it was pretty dire for the world and the country as well, with democracy continuing to wither everywhere unattended.
2014 – I’m happy to make a clean break with it.
So roll on 2015. I’ll be back on 5th of January with some news about me, The Sovereign Hand, awards and events – and in particular, a new focus for this site with regards to reviewing other authors’ works.
Till then I wish everyone well and safe. You can check back for more here soon.
You can pick up The Sovereign Hand from these New Zealand booksellers:
Unity Books: In stock, or able to order.
Paperplus: In stock, or able to order.
Whitcoulls: Ask – may not have in their order system yet.
And definitely please ask and support your local independent bookseller.
Online you can order direct from Steam Press, with free postage, or from Fishpond.
For Ebooks, links to Amazon, Kobo etc, are on the Steam Press page.
International print and ebooks can be purchased from Amazon.
Finally I post my entry to the Sunday Star Times essay competition on “family”, as intended back in November. Naturally, it did not win (I do not know what the winning essay was, only the short story winner has been posted online), but it served its primary purpose: with a bit of thought, I turned a pretty decent piece of work around in a couple of days writing, a large part of that working out what to leave out (a wound to my drive to forge connections from a global point of view.) That it exists and says some things not said enough is all the justification it needs.
It has been a very chaotic few months though, which has resulted in the line edits for The Sovereign Hand taking longer than intended. I’m still sitting on the last 10,000 words, in the sense of entirely reimagining the possibilities in the text. I’m happy with that is there, it fits all my original intentions – but are there richer possibilities?
Usually. At least until four or five drafts, and the end of the book, so long in view, right from the start, is sometimes written as a destination – rather than another arrival to be experienced completely.
So, the launch date has been pushed back from March, a luxury we can afford, fortunately. I must say at this point that Steam Press publishes gorgeous books (I just procured a bunch for christmas presents (more on them after the event)), and Stephen has been a flying buttress of support in our shared quest for perfection. So instead of being harried by my publisher I get to enjoy the end of this hectic year as its own arrival and step fresh into whatever the next year brings.
Rumour has it, not everyone enjoys trolling past blogs or signing up to mailing lists. Some people prefer Twitter.
So I can now be found at @onlypaulgilbert. I may be a bit old school in that I am not that fussed about followers or following. I will definitely tweet any new excerpt, download or others news about The Sovereign Hand, and probably anything else I post on this site also.
I will definitely respond to polite tweets, whether they are questions, comments or even archaic greetings.