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  • I'm writing a sequel to my novel, and it occurred to me that I should re-read the first, so I didn't make any continuity errors.

    I found myself extremely, inexplicably reluctant to do this.

    I examined my conscience. And this was the rub:

    What if it wasn't any good? Particularly in light of the fact that I had had the nerve to put it out there electronically for others to read and to demand a modest sum of money for the privilege...
    (Incidentally, I think it's important to charge money for one's work. Otherwise people come to devalue literature as they have already devalued newspapers, music etc, because everything is "free" on the internet).

    Also because when a book's done, it's done. On with the next.

    I put it off and put it off. And then in the dying days of the old year I steeled myself.

    And I read it. I read it lying in the Spanish winter sun. Oranges shining on the trees, and firecrackers going off at intervals, scaring all the gulls and all the dogs in Estepona.

    Gosh. It's actually rather good. Not a work of literature, exactly, but funnier than I remembered and quite a good story, even though I made up the plot as I went along. I noticed there were a couple of loose ends. I must do something about the man in the brown jacket, nicknamed "Miami Vice", in the sequel...

    Watch this space.
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