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Return of the Convict has been named to Kirkus Reviews‘ Best Books of 2016. This is a great honour.
Today I’ve made a link to my main blog site, thomasreport.ca. While the blog first went up during Canada’s recent election, it’s consistent with the ideas which underlie my fiction writing.
The site should help with the development of different lines of thought. For example, one day a human will be born off-world, perhaps on Mars. And this will be huge, in lots of ways.
Am still not through the rewrite of Dangerous Vision. After reworking the story, I shifted gears to concentrate on the actual writing and a multitude of imperfections came into view. (The novel was written well over ten years ago, and today I’m a different person.) Basically things are going well. An acupuncture treatment seems to have strengthened my concentration; I’m immersed in the work for long periods.
Recently a friend pointed out my tendency to overuse the passive voice, which is not an asset in an action packed thriller. Too it’s important to cut back on excess wordiness. Then there’s the matter of pace, deliberately slowing things down at times.
Doing a good job is my main concern.
I’ve just learned that the on-line magazine No Shelf Required is featuring Return of the Convict as their “book of the week,” Aug. 25, 2016. The magazine is affiliated with blueink, and they’re printing their review of the novel. The link is here: http://www.noshelfrequired.com
A lot’s been happening. There was a need to get professional feedback on Return of the Convict, so I contacted Foreword Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, and Blueink Review. As a writer one works alone so much, and it was highly reassuring to receive positive comments from these insightful readers who specialize in the science fiction field.
I’m now registered with Foreword’s book trade fair program; Return of the Convict will be present at the 2016 American Library Association convention, the Beijing International Book Fair, and the Frankfurt Book Fair. Too I signed up for Kirkus’s Great Book Campaign.
The rewrite of Dangerous Vision is going well, and I look forward to finishing it off and moving on.