Almost there…

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I have been hunting.

Chasing the errant apostrophe, relentlessly pursuing absconding commas and pouncing upon nigh-invisible extra spaces. My eyes are still scrolling, though the pages have, for now, stopped… Yes. Proofing.

Not. I hasten to add, alone. Other eyes have also been focussed on the task, locked in their own battle with absquatulating semicolons and versions and edits wing their way through the ether.

But it is a time when the world ceases to exist… there is little more than you and the alphabet, arrayed in what becomes a dancing kaleidoscope as you seek out the flaws, working as much with patterns as you do with words.

The only constant is the coffee.

All of which means that a book is about to be published…

Not your usual book, perhaps… though it is one of ours … the sixth in my joint adventure with Stuart France. A weaving of tales, both old and new; tales of this reality and… others. Just as the ancient stones stand quiescent in the midst of our modern world, yet still whisper their secrets to the wind, so too do the strands of adventure and myth intertwine and illuminate each other.

The story unfolds in the landscape of the north, where the moors are shrouded in mist and mystery; where the earth itself holds the keys to questions that have occupied mankind for millennia. It is here that Don and Wen begin this next phase of their quest for understanding.

Those who have read the books, or followed our adventures on the blogs, may have noticed that the characters regularly correspond… may even have surmised that ‘Don and Wen’ are synonymous with ‘Stuart and Sue’… Not so. The characters bear no resemblance whatsoever to we two. We, for instance, would never drag our dear and beloved ‘leader’ into such an escapade…

Not that he would need much dragging, of course…

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… “Just make sure there’s enough room in the boot of the car,” says Wen and throws me the keys to the Silver Bullet before disappearing back into the flat to retrieve something.

I peruse with some consternation the contents of the boot: a wheel-barrow, a spade, a crow bar and a length of rope and when I look up to remonstrate with Wen she appears to be clad head to foot in black, wearing a black balaclava on her head, and brandishing an air rifle.

“What the…”

“Just put that in the boot and get in the car,” she says, handing me what can only be my own black balaclava and cladding.

“There had better be a damn good reason for all this,” say I clambering into the front seat.

“Too right there had,” intones Ben’s familiar drawl as he emerges upright from his prostrate position along the back seat of the Silver Bullet.

Somewhat un-reassuringly he also appears to be wearing a black balaclava….”


For imminent release:

Doomsday: Scions of Albion

Stuart France and Sue Vincent

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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43 Responses to Almost there…

  1. C.E.Robinson says:

    Congratulation, Sue & Stuart! The title, story and cover intriguing. A must tead! Christine

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  2. After all that effort how could anyone not share!


  3. Congratulations to you both, You must be relieved to have finally got that proofreading done, and excited about the release of your book 🙂


  4. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita & Jaye Dawes and commented:
    Further evidence of your brilliance, Sue…(both of you!)


  5. Congrats, Sue! And well done both of you 🙂


  6. Kate Loveton says:

    Good luck, Sue and Stuart! Much success with the release of your book.


  7. Happy hunting – I’m about to join you, and I’m not sure how I feel about it, except that it HAS to be done.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      I go from relishing the process to hating the very sight of the book… to a huge sigh of accomplishment once it is done 🙂


      • I haven’t gotten to the big sigh yet – this is my first book – but each step has had its finishing celebration, and eventually I will be out of missing steps.

        Everything takes longer the first time.


        • Sue Vincent says:

          Oh it does… our first one took months to complete the learning curve that led to publication… we almost had the second book finished before the first was ready to launch! And such a lot that we have learned since then… I will have to reissue new editions soon, with the new techniques incrporated!

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          • No big deal. People who get published by traditional publishers have to wait months, even years, to see those books come out. I think I’ll still be quicker.


          • Riding high – got the hard parts of my formatting engine done – minimum hand coding, one push button with Scrivener (and a tiny change to the CSS files after).

            AFTER, of course, I learned to set everything up right.

            Only took two weeks.


            • Sue Vincent says:

              Congratulations, Alicia 🙂 That’s a great feeling, isn’t it? 🙂


              • And I got 98% of what I wanted from Scrivener – so I won’t fear redoing things if I find typos. Automatic system.

                Considering how many formatting styles I needed for this book, I’m amazed myself.

                I think the more you can do to make the experience easy on a reader, the better. Especially for a complex novel. I tucked in a few navigation aids – and like the results. I’m new to this, but not to wordprocessors, computers, programming, and styles.

                You’re right – it’s a great feeling; now for the push to the end.


              • Sue Vincent says:

                I haven’t used Scrivener, I have to say, though I hear it is very good.


              • I have and know how to use Word; but it’s a business tool – and a letter-writing tool.

                The manual for Scrivener – which I have dug into deeply the last two weeks – is 530+ pages. It took a while, not to start writing, but to start using all the wonderful features.

                But just being able to have EVERYTHING organized in one file – research, images, text – and not have it be slow, has been amazing.

                There are learning curves to everything, but I’m really, really glad I made the switch. I did it because I also wanted to be able to quickly produce my own ebooks, but it has given me so much more.

                If you’re unhappy with your current tools, or are finding things too cumbersome or slow, I would recommend it. If you insist on WYSIWYG, Word does that exceedingly well, but at some cost in complexity.


              • Sue Vincent says:

                I’m not really technically minded, so I’m probably safer with the systems I’ve come to know over the years… especially as my co-author thinks I’m a technical wizard… and our files are constantly on the ete between the two of us 🙂

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              • Ete? Not sure what you mean – hadn’t heard that word. I still don’t know – after Googling.

                But I agree with you – it’s better to have a system that works for you, because that makes it reasonably fast.

                It’s when you have no system because something is new to you, or when the old one is now too clunky, that new ones come in.

                I don’t fight change – but I don’t look for it either! I’m usually forced, in computer things, to take a sip from the constant stream of progress because someone else changes something so much my systems no longer work.


              • Sue Vincent says:

                Sorry about that, I have a very dodgy internet connection that dies and eats words… ether, not ete!
                I enjoy learning new systems, but only when I see a need to do so… I want to computer to be at my service, not be my master 🙂

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  8. I will be happy to sponsor a blog event for your release, Sue. Just let me know! Your book sounds intriguing! 😀


  9. Congratulations! Big high five!




  11. noelleg44 says:

    Congratulations to you and Stuart! I wish you would wrap up your tours of various areas in a book with a map and all the lovely pictures for all of us who love to travel with you!


  12. Susan Scott says:

    May the apostrophe be with you as the proofreading is done! So far so good if the cover is anything to go by! And GOOD LUCK!


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