The Australian Writers’ Centre has a regular newsletter, and this week they ran with a meme based on this quote:
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit”
— Richard Bach
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
– Ecclesiastes, I:2
Writers like myself who self-publish their own books are often derided by the use of the term “vanity publishing”. The implication being, I suppose, that our books can’t cut it in the real world of traditional publishing, and that we’ve allowed our vanity to trump all else just so we can see a copy of our precious book sitting on a bookshelf, most likely unread by anyone other than ourselves.
Albert Camus’ novel The Plague is one of my favourite books, despite its often depressing subject matter: an outbreak of bubonic plague in the city of Oran in Algiers just after the end of World War II. Among other things it’s a meditation on death and how we confront it, and it ends up being inspiring. Well worth your time if you haven’t read it.
Derrick Ashby just posted a nice review of The Fallen Sun on Goodreads:
This is an excellent book. It’s got interesting technology, good world building, a collection of characters that you care about, and some mysteries that keep you reading to the end.
“The Fallen Sun” is well worth reading, particularly if you like science-based science fiction.
Here’s a link to the full review on Goodreads.
Note that there are a few spoilers in the full review!
Daniel White has posted a nice review on the Amazon page for my book. Thanks, Daniel!
This story is written in layers that unfold with every page turn. There is the social conflict going on between the clans. There is the internal conflict within the central characters. But what keeps you reading is the overriding question of what is really going on in this world of constant sunlight? How did they get there? There are early hints (no spoilers here) that it happens in the future. And early hints that things are happening in the dark. If you want to know more than that, you’ll have to read it yourself! It’s brilliant storytelling and I can’t wait to see the sequel.