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About 5000 words on Beastheads today, filling in the extra bits that the Epic Revision requires. More show, less tell, and a lot more development of one of the characters. 

Time for a walk now, and then I think I'll call it a day.
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I've never heard "yeah, nah" used to mean "yes", or heard anyone end a sentence with "ow" (only "eh"), but then I'm not around people who speak real Zild dialect much. 
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Maybe all the South African immigrants brought it in. It's recent. 
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So it looks like Beastheads, the next Gryphon Clerks novel, is going to be a bit epic.

By which I mean that there will be multiple viewpoint characters with intersecting story arcs, even more so than in the Hope books. Don't worry, magic isn't forbidden, barbarians aren't invading the empire, and there will be no Chosen One trekking around the map collecting power-ups for the boss fight.

Very early draft cover art from +Chris Howard below. The woman will look a lot younger in the final version.
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I've just realised that my plot revision means this cover is now wrong. D'oh!

+Chris Howard, can we do a costume change on Berry? Tunic and knee pants, and no mark on her forehead. 
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It's snooze time on Mike's Couch of Cats. 
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I was just about to say "WOW! They've grown so much!"
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In case you missed this before. Snark for a good cause.
 
CALL FOR INSULTS
You can do better than that!
www.hdwpbooks.com/books/snark/

We need 100 insults to complete our book for charity.
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Snoozing time on Mike's Lap of Cats. 
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This guy apparently isn't aware of how to do permafree on Amazon, but his summary of the pluses and minuses of self-publishing matches my experience.
 
Last month I had the pleasure of participating in a question and answer session with author Alex Scarrow about his long-running traditionally published series, TimeRiders, and his newer, self-published series featuring a young female protagonist, Ellie…
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Protest pigs. Yes, really.
 
Me pinguem et nitidum bene curata cute vises, ...Epicuri de grege porcum (You may see me, fat and shining, with well-cared for hide,—...a hog from Epicurus' herd. Horace)

When the Second Schleswig War was over in 1864, the Danes living in Schleswig and Holstein all of a sudden had become Austrians and Prussians and after 1871 Germans, citizenship-wise. From now on, they were forbidden to fly the Dannebrog, the Danish flag, red with the white Scandinavian cross, on their farmsteads and came up with a rather curious idea to show their allegiance: out of Holsteinian and Jutlandian marsh pigs, Tamworth and reddish Angeln Saddlebacks, a 36’tall and 770 lbs a race of red pigs with a white saddle on their backs was bred, thus coloured like the Dannebrog. The pigs were called det danske protestsvin or Danish Protest Pigs and from now on, the Dannebrog was not flying but running about the Danish farms.

Today, det danske protestsvin is one of the endangered domestic animal breeds with only 140 pigs alive worldwide and institutions such as the Arche Warder in Schleswig-Holstein, a centre for the preservation of domestic animals threatened with extinction (https://www.arche-warder.de/en/index.php) and a few zoos do their best to keep the breed alive. And a few found a new home in the open-air enclosure of the #wunderkammer  to preserve the memory of an unusual and very creative form of non-violent resistance.

The picture of the three little protest pigs below was taken by Silke (eska2203_Sil) on June 17th, 2011 at the Gelsenkirchen Zoo and found on https://www.flickr.com/photos/8930168@N06/5922947287 

And more about Danish Protest Pigs on

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_Protest_Pig

#history   #europeanhistory  
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I hadn't looked at Cleolinda Jones's hilarious Movies in 15 Minutes for a while - and she's done the Avengers!

STEVE: Where do you even get a giant amphibious invisible airship?

FURY: Bought it off a couple of disappointed steampunks. Too many of the gears actually did something.
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I summarise the plot of Sir Julius Vogel's pioneering feminist SF novel, because it's so bad that nobody should have to read it, but you might be curious. 

I hope you find the summary much more entertaining than I found the book.
I was going to include this extended plot summary of Sir Julius Vogel's book Anno Domini 2000: Or, Woman's Destiny in my Goodreads review, but it turned out to be too long. I hope it will be more entertaining than the book i...
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To be fair, +Richard Rohlin, I think he was just a really bad writer. 
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Education
  • Massey University
    Health Science, 2008 - 2010
  • University of Auckland
    English, 1986 - 1989
  • Waitakere College
    1981 - 1985
  • Swanson Primary School
    1973 - 1980
  • Auckland University of Technology
    Celebrant Studies, 2005 - 2006
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Michael McMillan
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Novelist, blogger, book reviewer
Introduction
I write a steampunk-fantasy series about heroic civil servants called The Gryphon Clerks. I do a lot of book reviewing, too. I'm harsh but (I hope) constructive. Currently not accepting review requests.
 
I'll probably only circle you back if you engage me in conversation, and if you either mostly write about writing or something else I find interesting, or you're an unusually interesting and insightful person. Exception: I don't circle erotica writers, just because of what might show up in my stream. Nothing personal.
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While working for a certain notorious NZ publisher in my freelance editing days, I got out with all the money owed to me (if you knew NZ publishing up to the late 90s you'd know who I mean, and be impressed).
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