A new home page and new navigation

New-home-page

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,.

Photo gallery

Earth begins

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.

Live in Switzerland … get your book here!

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.

Midsummer

Wild world

Just posted a new story called Midsummer on my Story Fragments Blog. It is inspired by the heights above Windemere in the Lake District as seen in the photo above. Here are the first few lines:

She pushed aside the soaked sacking that hung across the entrance to her rough stone shelter and peered out. She could make no sense of the all-too-familiar mountainside through the solid wall of rain. The longest day! It had taken a long time coming … (read on).

A welcome sight!

Now that’s a sight I like to see! Someone promoting my book!

And don’t ask me why WordPress likes to rotate vertical images setting people on their sides … If you don’t understand what I mean, trying clicking on the picture above.

The Secret Paths Newsletter

If you want to keep up to date on books published by Secret Paths or those that are in the works, you can subscribe to the new Secret Paths Newsletter which is hosted by Facilitate.org. Click here to subscribe or use the “Newsletter” link in the menu above.

You can also follow Secret Paths via it’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Secret.Paths.

New blog: About Books

I have set up a new blog using all the short texts I have written about books I’ve read. I am going to add a full reference at the end of each text including the ISBN. At the moment I am writing the next contribution to that blog about Trudi Canavan’s book The Rogue. You can access the blog directly by the menu at the top of the page.

The books arrive

Books

Just received a box of books of  The Reaches from CreateSpace. They arrived from the States much faster that I was led to believe. Excellent service! So now if you can’t or don’t want to get the book from Amazon.com and while we wait to get it into other online bookshops, you can oder a copy from me.

Geneva Writers’ Group

UN building Geneva

Attended a meeting of the Geneva Writers’ Group yesterday. They meet in the Geneva Press Centre, a stone’s throw away from the UN building (see photo). It was my first time. More than a hundred people present. Amazing that there are so many English writers in the area. The morning workshop by Susan Tiberghien was about memoirs. Not really my subject, but it was interesting to re-apply the ideas to areas they were not intended for so as to work on a future novel project.

Story structure for Book Four

I have been tracing out the structure of the story for Book Four of the Storyteller’s Quest using as a starting point the two chapters already written. It’s not an easy task because I need to keep track of not only all the characters but also four (or rather three and a half) separate worlds in which the action is taking place. My diagram is riddled with little notes like: How did they do that? Who will do that? …