Clychau is a small village nestled by a lake in the Welsh hills. It’s the scene of some of the action in Book Four of the Storyteller’s Quest. I am currently writing the fourth chapter of something like 15 chapters.
Here is a short extract:
On foot, they followed the road through the centre of the silent village, the echo of their footfalls ringing off the houses. Most of the rows of terraced houses made up of five or six lodgings ran parallel to the road but here and there the terraces were perpendicular to it. Anju was struck by the cleanliness of everything. The windows had been cleaned and the paintwork had been washed recently. None of the houses had gardens but Anju was sure that, had there been gardens, they would have been full of blossoming flowers. Midway through the village they reached a junction. The righthand fork continued on through the village and up an incline at the back where it came to a dead end. The lefthand turning headed down towards the lake.
They opted for the lake. The narrow road squeezed between two rows of houses, hopped over an abandoned railway line and came to rest in a large courtyard that scuttled all the way down to the lakeside in one direction and romped across to the massive doors of what had once been a foundry on the other.
“Welcome to Clychau!” a high pitched voice said. All three spun round to find a tiny man standing atop a ramp by the rail line. “The home of the bells,” he explained, adding: “Dylan Baugh at your service.”
My first novel, The Reaches, is available on Apple’s iBookstore in various countries and I have always been an ardent Apple user. So why is the first serious eBook I bought on Kindle? The answer is as simple as it is infuriating! You can buy the books you want on Kindle with no restrictions due to the country you are buying them from. Such is not the case with Apple’s iTunes system. You can only buy those books available in your local iTunes store. In Switzerland, where I live, there are next to no contemporary books available. Why can’t I buy ebooks from the UK or US iBookstore. Apple has adopted a one-size-fits-all model that was initially imposed by major record labels. Come off it guys! Your iTunes system was a great success but you urgently need to address its limits. It is absurd that commodities such as books, films and music that can be shipped in the so-called real world to any destination, can’t be bought on the Internet from many destinations.
The Watchers by Jon Steele has just been published in the UK. I haven’t yet read the book, but what interests me here is the way the author announces his book. The book is set in the French speaking part of Switzerland and the author has chosen to make a series of short videos describing the places his book is set in…. (read more)
It’s been one of those long weekends with everyone off somewhere, so I spent the time with Stargirl, reading her long diary-like letter between feeding the cat and doing the cleaning … and writing, of course. Stargirl is so endearing, it is difficult to imagine anyone not wanting to spend time with her even if that might be challenging. And when you do spend time in her company some of her stardust inevitably rubs off on you … (read more)
I read a short extract from a future book yesterday at the Geneva Writers’ Group. It was well received although some people were concerned about how I handle paragraphs. Conventionally, apparently, each time someone speaks you have to start a new line. I’ve never done that.
The photo is from the evening aperitif when there were readings from various members of the group.
I just created a new album entitled “Snapped” to display photos taken with my iPhone. The idea being to catch magic moments or unexpected perspectives that might normally go unnoticed.
Go to the Snapped Gallery
As I move forward into the next chapter of the fourth book of The Storyteller’s Quest, the light changes from red and gray to a sparkling gold. The heavy burden of enforced inaction and despair falls away and the sun comes out. It is time for the younger, newer characters to take over and make their mark.
I have completely restructured the material of the Secret Paths web site as four interrelated blogs with a gallery, an online store and a newsletter. The only part of the site that is not in the form of a WordPress blog is the home page above. As a result the material is much more interactive for the visitor and much easier to update and modify for me,.
I have just created a new gallery-blog to keep you up-to-date with my artwork. For the moment I have posted my water pictures from my two exhibitions in 2009 as well as a gallery of pictures taken from my thirty-seven artbooks written between Summer 1981 and October 1997.
When I manage to get the NextGenGallery App working on my iPhone, I’ll also have a gallery of snapshots updated from day-to-day.
Go the Photo Gallery.
If you live in Switzerland, you can now order your print version of The Reaches using Secret Paths new online shop here: http://author.secret-paths.com/?page_id=98 or use the “Shop” link in the menu above.
If you don’t live in Switzerland, you can obtain the print version of The Reaches from Amazaon.com at this address: http://www.amazon.com/Reaches-1-Alan-McCluskey/dp/297007561X/.
You can also obtain the eBook version from Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51360 or from Apple’s iBooks in Canada, Germany, the U.K, the U.S., France, and Australia.