Horseshoes and Bananas

Good News

I’ve heard from my publisher. I now have an editor who’s working on (I hope) my manuscript. Not that I’ve heard from the editor yet. Baby steps, baby steps! This may be a ruse to lull me into a false sense of relaxation so that when I receive my MS back covered in red ink (metaphorical – this is the digital age after all) I won’t faint completely away. Not that a Widdershins would ever faint away. Not at all.

I came across this wonderful site today. It has nothing to do with writing but everything to do with tying knots!  It’s an illustrated manual on how gazillions of knots work. I spent a few hours this morning just browse … erm … researching. Wanna bet you won’t be tempted to find a piece of rope/string/wool/anything and try at least one?

Now for something else completely different.

I was a baby dyke in OZ when ABBA became popular. Remember them? For some unknowable reason they achieved mega-super-stardom in Australia. Personally, I liked them because the tunes were catchy, I could hear the lyrics, (Widdershins’ hearing was never what it used to be) Frida and Agnetha were HOT and wore jumpsuits with a whole lotta bling!

One of the celebrity magazines of the day ran a poll, which asked this blindingly objective question: Who is bigger, Abba or the Beatles?

I was young and impressionable, and didn’t realise that it was a trick question by the grown-ups, who knew that most of the people who would vote would’ve only heard of the Beatles by reading the album covers in their parents LP collection. It was like comparing horseshoes and bananas. If I’d been as immersed in the Beatles music as I was in Abba’s then perhaps my answer might’ve included a long tirade on the inequity of the whole question.

It’s like trying to compare Madonna or Lady Gaga with the Beatles or Beethoven.

Horseshoes and bananas.

That’s what I’m discovering a bit of as I wander among the myriad paths in the land of Self-publishing. There’s a swarm of ways to publish on-line. (a search for ‘e-publishing companies’ revealed 64.3 million results in 0.16 seconds! – and by the time you read this it’ll probably have bred several million more) And so many hints, tips, and how-to’s that I’m not even game to look at the stats.

Horseshoes and Bananas.

But here’s the thing. No matter which horseshoe or banana you choose, you have to have a product to throw at the horseshoe or banana of your choice.

We are now right at Summer Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere, (Random question; if you travelled to another planet how would you know which way was north or south?) and I’ve decided that by the time Winter Solstice comes around I will have completed the final draft of Book 2 of the ‘Gallery’ series. I also want to have the complete first draft of ‘Stevenson and Gallagher’ my historical mystery series (set right here in Vancouver!) under my belt as well.

By then I just might have enough information to choose which horseshoe or banana to run with.


“Everyone told me to pass on Speed’ because it was a ‘bus movie.'” Sandra Bullock




8 comments on “Horseshoes and Bananas

  1. Leona Wisoker says:

    Great post! I love the link to the animated knot site, that’s very very helpful…shared that on FB. Your posts are always so fun to read… 🙂 –Leona


  2. jannatwrites says:

    There are a lot of options out there, and it can be overwhelming. Looks like you’ve got a plan, and you can show us the way 😉

    Only teasing, of course. There is more than one way to choose a banana or a horse shoe.


  3. Your comments on Abba made me remember Muriel’s Wedding with Toni Collette. Toni didn’t rock the jumpsuit in the same way as Frida or Agnetha.

    Horseshoes and bananas… I know which one to pick if I’m hungry, and which one is supposed to be lucky. I know which one slips under your foot if you stand on it and which one gives your mount greater traction. The phrase ‘fit for purpose’ springs to mind…

    The internet is a giant jumble sale, with so much to sort through that there’s a paranoid sense that there’s a hidden treasure somewhere under all the junk just waiting to be hidden. It takes perseverance to find it. Sounds like you’re persevering.

    Good luck with the red pen and the next installment in the series.


    • Widdershins says:

      I put ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ right up there with’ Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ as the best-est quirky-est Aussie movies. Maybe ‘Dimboola’ as well … then there’s …

      think I’ll stop now. Australian cinema is filled with quirky movies. Maybe it has something to do with that wonderful Aussie sense of the absurd.


  4. londonmabel says:

    My girlfriend is doing well with her stories on kobo, as epubs. She said the key is well-priced, with good looking covers. Her covers are definitely a cut above. She had a professional do them–someone she knows–but then she tried doing one on photoshop and it turned out really nice. So I think she’ll be doing her own now.

    This is her author page on facebook:

    It’s new so it’s not long and you can see the covers. The new cover for Home is the photoshop one.

    Just sharing, since a lot of the self-pub places provide terrible covers. >:-(

    Also, if you didn’t see them, Jennifer Crusie had some discussions recently on self and epublishing. I didn’t even read them, but in case they’re helpful to add to your soup!

    Looking forward to hearing your conclusions, o intrepid one!


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