There Are Days Like These

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There Are Days Like These

There Are Days Like These

There are days that you cannot, and will not ever catch up with, no matter how many hours you work. I generally have long days, and I’m at my desk from when I get up until I go to bed, and sometimes even there I’m doing some writing. It will all have to change eventually, but for now, this is my crazy life. I spend most of my waking life networking, ‘netNOTworking’, promoting myself through friendly banter, and on some special days, I actually find time to write.

Today is one of those days. I got up really late — even by my standards — and I said bugger it! Okay, I must confess I did first reply to a small handful of business emails, but directly after that, and succeeding squeezing some oranges to drink, I said bugger it all! It is so delightful to ignore the world just long enough to write something that is not promotional in content, advice for others, helpful tutorials, or an exploratory email into a new frontier, such as translating my books into Chinese.

I shall, henceforth, be known as ·, but do you speak Chinese? I don’t, so I do hope the name does me justice, or at least make me look important — or sound like a bestseller. I’ve been working with Fiberead to get three of my books translated. This is exciting news, as this is an emerging market with huge scope for reach.

So what is the point of all this? Well, nothing really. This just goes to show that you can take some time off to just be yourself, and let your hair down — I no longer have enough hair, but feel free to do so on my bald behalf. I used to write more of these fun type of posts, but lately it’s all work. In Jo’s world, today is just a Sunday — well, at least until I finish writing and editing this piece.

For now, however, did you know that Main Reef Road is one of the longest roads in the world? Don’t take my word for it, read all about this mundane fact! It is nearly ninety-five kilometres long (59 miles), and runs through several towns. It’s not a freeway or national motorway. It’s a plain old road that snakes through towns, townships, ghettos, and even a few suburbs. Johannesburg was one of the biggest gold strikes in the world, and still produces much of the gold you wear on your person. This is why I wrote my book Aeonosphere, and placed it partly in this golden underground: Science fiction with a little historical fact thrown in.

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Now for something completely different — for me at any rate since I seldom do ‘hard sell’. Won’t you consider buying one of my books? They are good enough for the Chinese market. If you really cannot afford to buy one, send me a message, and I’ll send you a free book* in return for a review on Amazon and elsewhere. That’s a deal you cannot refuse … well, you could, but why would you want to?

 

* Offer limited to the first million reviewers who fall over themselves to grab a copy.

 

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2 Responses

  1. I'm always fascinated by the idea of translating books – how will you ever know if the translator has done justice to your novel?

  2. Jo Roderick says:

    That is the question. You just have to grin and bear it. I think it comes down to trust. I do hope that they are doing justice to the books, but beyond helping to clarify bits that are unclear, there is nothing much I can do. If it was Spanish or even French, I would still understand part of it as I am Portuguese.