Remember the 6 Ps

30, June,2008

I will get around to posting something of substance soon.  I’ve been a bit preoccupied by the business of life.  Rest assured by MS is still a pile of crap – everytime I pick it up I find a new major flaw.

As I flick through it I’m reminded of what my Father in law (ex police Search and Rescue) always tells me before I go on a hike “Remember the 6 Ps – Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance”.

The next novel will have a plan.

With that in mind, I’ve downloaded some (free) software designed by Simon Haynes – clever clogs programmer and author of the humorous Hla Space Jock series. 

As well as giving away some very useful software, Simon is also giving away a free electronic version of the first Hal Space Jock novel.

You can get all the goodies from here

Leave a nice comment and order his other books – what goes around should come around.


Joe Murphy of Kickass Mystic Ninjas (Spec Fic culture) and Dragon Page Wingin’ it (Spec Fic and beer) and Dragon Page Cover to Cover (Spec Fic books) has passed away.

Only 34.  Apparently healthy only 4 months ago.

Not a big name, but missed by many.

Go to any of the above sites for his memorial podcast.

*Kuato is a mutant from Total Recall – it’s the name Joe adopted for his tumour.

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