My novella-length ghost story set in Japan - A Whisper of Leaves - is due next month!
The cover is nearing completion and the text is proofed. All that's left is the final cover and the formatting of the ebook, all of which are underway or soon to be underway as I type. I'm equally nervous and excited about the release of this one.
Nervous because there's so many details that are hard to nail down when writing about another country and excited because I've never written in the paranormal/ghost mode before.
But, roll-on May!
Stick around for a cover reveal soon and if you haven't seen me rambling on about this book before, here's the blurb and here's chapter one : )
I loved A Wild Sheep Chase - I finished it a while back but finally got around to recording a couple of (brief) thoughts about it today.
For me, this is a great place to start if new to Haruki Murakami. The story has all the classic Murakami elements, an almost detective-like search, a mysterious, bewitching girl and wonderful surrealist aspects - most strikingly perhaps, in one hell of a strange sheep that no-one can seem to find.
My strongest impression looking back is actually (at first) thinking the ending wasn't as strong as I was expecting, yet I found myself thinking about it often in the days after. So, it was actually exactly what it needed to be.
Definitely worth a read.
This year I'm taking part in an online convention over at Goodreads, along with 50 odd other authors working in a variety of genres.
There's lots of mini comps, scavenger hunts and giveaways - I'm offering copies of The Fairy Wren and City of Masks at my 'booth' which will be open across the weekend (10th - 12th April).
There's a bigger US contingent of authors than those from other territories so I'm expecting more activity over there from the 10th US time but I'll be around over the weekend Oz time if you wanted to check things out!
Happy to have a chat about books if you're around : )
I'm hardly unique or noteworthy in this, but a couple of months ago I axed my Facebook accounts (both personal and author-page) and it's been rather swell.
For me, FB wasn't valuable.
If I had heaps and heaps of folks overseas etc that I wanted to keep in contact with then I might have kept it but that's not the case. The vague-booking, image-crafting and the political 'discussions' were probably the most tedious aspects - but also the visual clutter from promoted posts, or, to refer to them by their old name 'ads'.
Further to that was the rampant tokenism. Left, right and centre, there was the use of the 'like' button to fill-in for actual human interaction* (and I have certainly been guilty of it, and will be again I fear). I realised I needed conversation from my social networks and so I had to get out before I saw another 'like if you're against poverty' or any other type of slacktivism.
But this post was supposed to be a bit more positive and I've drifted deeply into 'rant' territory here. Basically I've enjoyed not having Facebook and found other platforms have taken it's place in more meaningful ways. Goodreads comes to mind for one, and of course, it all comes down to what sort of effort I put into a group/space - but it turns out I didn't care enough anymore, about FB, to put the effort in.
So I've jumped ship and it's been a pretty handy reminder to use my time in ways that I receive value from - and thus, back to some writing I think!
*Which can most certainly be digital.
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
Imperial Towers (Never Book 5) - draft 1
Moss Dragon - draft 1
Reed Lavender (working title) - draft 1
Unnamed Spec Fic - draft 1
Whisper of Leaves (sequel) - Outline