POD-DY Mouth is finishing up. This person was a frankly a bit nuts.

She reviewed hundreds of books a year (1,600 in the past 12 months), and not just any books but “Self Published” books – the crap she must have read! Sifting the pearls from the swine and letting us all know about it. So it comes as no real surprise that she has finally cracked and is bailing out.

This leaves a big hole.

I like the idea of POD/Self publishing/Subsidy Publishing**. It fits into the emerging models of community and communication fostered by the internet. It empowers individuals, and on that basis alone has the potential to influence the way publishing is done.

One of the big problems for we the reader, is knowing what is worth reading and what is dross. I really hope someone (or some group) takes up the mantle dropped by PM.

**I know these are not the same thing – if you want a good summary of the differences, have a look at the Self Publishing FAQ by Moira Allen, editor of Writing-World.com


‘The Show’ is over

16, March,2007

Ze Frank’s ‘The Show‘ is finishing today. The Show is a short daily video show that addresses stuff in the world around us. I know that’s vague but it’s the best I can do. From the start it was a one year project running from 16th March 2006 to 16 March 2007.

The Show is one of those landmark internet phenomena and now it’s over.

You can still check out the archives. The show on ideas was a cracker and worth a look.

no matter how much you plan you still have to do something for the first time. And you’re almost guaranteed the first time you do something it’ll blow. But somebody who does something bad three times still has three times the experience of that other person who’s still dreaming of all the applause.”

It even had a song “Where the f**k do ideas come from

I have made what I think is a cardinal error. I have started cheating on my novel.

I am messing around with a new story.

I know this is wrong but I just couldn’t help it. It was all that mundane editing, it was just dragging me down. The new story is so full of possibilities. I don’t know, maybe I’ve just outgrown my old story. We’ve been together for 10 years and I’m beginning to think we’ll never hear the pitter patter of tiny publisher’s feet.

Still, 10 years is along time. I suppose I owe it to both of us to finish what I started. Maybe I just need to relax and concentrate on doing the fun bits for a while; get back to the things that made the writing fun – there’s always room for one more body odour joke.