Right, that's me off to New Zealand until early April. Try not to trash the place while I'm gone, yes? Before I go, just time to offer a few links, hints and what have you. Lee "Budgie" Barnett runs a project called Fast Fiction each year, whereby he writes 200 words stories - lots of them. People send him story titles and a random word to be included in the text. I gave him the title The Kindness of Stranglers and the word imbroglio. You can read the results here.
I'll miss the final 2008 episode of Inspector Morse spin-off Lewis this Sunday, what with being on the other side of the world and all. I think the second series has certainly matched the quality of the first, and it's a sign of the programme makers' growing confidence that they don't feel the need to namecheck Morse at every possible opportunity. [All of this is probably just an excuse to pimp my tome THE COMPLETE INSPECTOR MORSE, the new edition's on sale now.]
In other news, the hardcover first edition of THRILL-POWER OVERLOAD had nearly sold out. Publisher Rebellion says stocks of my official history of iconic British comic 2000 AD are all but exhausted. Once they've sold out, you'll have to pay premium prices to get this mush-praised tome in its original first edition. Rebellion is still deciding when to go back to press, so don't delay, buy today.
Other than that, I just want to wish everyone a happy and healthy few weeks. I'll be back in early April, full of the joys of spring and whatnot. Mostly whatnot, I suspect. [What a great word whatnot is - not as wonderful as somesuch, but still a prince about words. Or princess, if that's your preference.] [You can't tell I'm demob happy yet, can you? Thought not.]
Anyway, later for you.