Quite a lot of self-published books are, y’know, cool. They’re set in post-apocalyptic Singapore, or their selling point is ‘Steampunk is sexually transmitted!’  or they have their finger on the blue throb of the zeitgeist’s pulse in some other way. I admire that.
The thing is, mine aren’t. The best I can really do in the way of coolness is ‘a bit retro’. I’m writing about people on other planets, which goes all the way back to the beginning of the genre. The only way mentioning these books will get me points at parties is if I’ve met someone who likes exactly the same kind of books as me.
But I’m OK with that. If I’m going to spend this much time and energy writing these books, I’m going to write the kind of thing I want to read, and while I do enjoy reading the very cool books and admire their creativity and playfulness, what I, personally, really want is a world to call home. For the time being, Requite is that. I’m not saying I’ll never write in another universe – the likelihood is very good indeed that I will, because for one thing I have a set of characters who live somewhere that very definitely isn’t Requite percolating in my head, and for another, I want to play with creating a magic system.
Okay, so they’re not precisely the kind of thing I’d write if I was writing solely for myself. I’ve spared you a lot of description of exactly how people did their hair.
In other news, I want to babble at you about the cast of Heavy Ice, but you don’t know any of these characters from (a) Adam, (b) Eve, or (c) a temporally misplaced tyrannosaur and the book won’t be finished until goodness knows when, so it seems a little solipsistic. I will, however, leave you with this comic from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Kallisty Hawkwood: living the dream, down to the hat.
Also, there are now two pairs of Tzenni socks being knitted, which is possibly the awesomest thing ever. My books may not be cool, but they inspire coolness in other people. Which is ace.
 I would not be at all surprised if steampunk were sexually transmitted. I know goth quite often is.
Image © NASA, taken from here