I’m at the contract stage with Red Planet Publishing. It looks like the deadline for the book will be this June, with a publication date in October, in time to catch the Christmas 2017 market. I’m not sure how much of the original work I’ll be able to use, but it will at least provide…Continue reading Contract in the offing
Over five years after embarking on a This Day In Music Apps project it appears finally to be on the verge of bearing some fruit. I’ve been asked by Red Planet Publishing if I’m interested in writing the latest in their Dead Straight Guides series of books on major rock artists. I’ve contributed to a…Continue reading This Day In Music Apps (slight return)
According to the I Write Like analysis of Colin Goes To Zobeland Chapter 3, Tonto’s Revelation: I write like Arthur Conan Doyle I Write Like. Analyze your writing! However, when I ran my second album review from my This Day In Music Apps project through the same analyzer I got the following result: I write…Continue reading I write like who?
All my This Day In Music material is in the process of being edited. It would be easy to get all precious and feel that the product of two years work is being savaged by an over-critical editor. However this is their product and actually the edit requests make sense. Also every signed off piece…Continue reading Editing and more editing
Well, my ‘On This Day’ app and ‘Song By Song’ Kindle book still haven’t been released. Back at the beginning of the year, it looked as though any hope of my research and writing efforts being blessed with official recognition by the band on which they are focussed was lost. Discussions with the band’s management…Continue reading New Year launch delayed by eleven months
A big chunk of my contribution to the This Day In Music Apps range is due to be released as a Kindle book too! It looks like the ‘Song By Song’ album notes I wrote will be published before the app is released. Negotiations with the band’s management and lawyers are still on-going. I’m really…Continue reading Apps and Kindle books
After a year of research and writing (with time off to do my day job), I’ve finished the first complete draft of all the material for the ‘On This Day’ app I’ve been working on for This Day In Music Apps. They’ve just released This Day In Classic Rock in conjunction with Classic Rock magazine…Continue reading It’s proofreading time
As an occasional performer at the excellent Buxton Word Wizards poetry slam group, I was asked if I’d like to contribute some limericks to an exhibition, set up to mark Sir Edward Lear’s bicentennial. The plan was to display two hundred original and new limericks in the beautiful dome at the University of Derby’s Buxton…Continue reading Lear and 200 Limericks
Wow, having achieved official status for the This Day In Pink Floyd app, the This Day In Music team is now in negotiations to do a similar deal for the app I’m researching and writing. If this comes off, I’ll be absolutely bowled over; these guys are real heroes of mine and to have written…Continue reading This is the official app, or is it?
I’ve boosted my existing library of material on my This Day In Music subject by making a lot of eBay and a few Amazon purchases. I’ve also dusted off a lot of old vinyls and done some hasty transfers to iTunes, so I can listen to the band’s entire back catalogue regularly. Extensive reading of…Continue reading Project creep and original research