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Superman or Green Lantern ain’t got nothing on me



This is just an update about the book. And if you don’t know that I’ve written a book, then you now have that valuable piece of information. Want to get a copy?


Exciting bit. Every last i has been dotted and t crossed. The copy edit has come back and I’ve made all the necessary adjustments and signed the text of the book off.

Having not been through this process before, it was an eye opener – as well as just checking spelling and grammar, the copy editor goes through each line and scene to make sure it is consistent and working. They keep track of which characters are in each location during a scene and make sure that someone who I said a page earlier was in the kitchen isn’t saying anything in the breakout area unless I’ve shown them come back in. That’s really easy to lose when writing, especially when you are making changes and don’t spot that moving someone around on page 19 has ripples on page 24. Same with props – if I haven’t said that someone is holding a deck of cards on page 36, they can’t start shuffling it to pass the time on page 38.  Continuity, basically. Important.


I’m really happy with the way the book reads now. It isn’t perfect, because I’m not actually F Scott Fitzgerald (and even then, frankly, he didn’t hit home runs every time) but the flaws in it are my flaws and I’m content with how it is. Really looking forward to you all reading it.

In my acknowledgments at the end, I talk about the fact that you can’t use songs in a book without clearing the use of lyrics with the band/artist, which is time consuming and expensive, so I just haven’t done it. I then said that if anyone wanted to get in touch I’d give them a playlist.

Then I thought, what the hell, I’ll do a playlist for the book anyway (it is spoiler-free, I haven’t picked songs like “Turns out the Cuckoo Clock WAS the key, the whole time” or “Oh, so they’re SISTERS” – fake spoilers those)

If you have Spotify, this should take you to the playlist where you can listen to it.

If you don’t, here’s a track list – so they are songs that make me think about the characters and scenes and mood of the book – honestly, there aren’t any spoilers, and the track-listing is not a chronological order of the book, so you can listen without ruining everything. And yes, I cheated by having a Pixies cover of a Jesus and Mary Chain song so I could get JAMC in twice…


1. Sunshine Superman – Donovan

2. Superstition – Stevie Wonder

3. Opportunities – Pet Shop Boys

4. Work Bitch – Britney Spears

5. Sour Times – Portishead

6. Baby Driver – Simon and Garfunkel

7. Hurt – Johnny Cash

8. Head On – Pixies

9. Still Ill – The Smiths

10. Jailbreak – Thin Lizzy

11. Monster – Imagine Dragons

12. Boom! Shake the Room – Fresh Prince

13. Elastic Heart – Sia

14. I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

15. Sometimes Always – Jesus and Mary Chain

16. Chillout tent – Hold Steady



You know what I’m saying dog
Like cats and dogs
It was raining
It wasn’t raining
We were raving

About suesspiciousminds

Law geek, local authority care hack, fascinated by words and quirky information; deeply committed to cheesecake and beer.

3 responses

  1. Paul Summerfield

    Best of luck as Herman Hess’s in his book Steppenwolf says that there is a place in mind known as the magic theatre for madmen only.

    • Paul Summerfield

      It sounds like your book could be based on the formation of F4J I mean we all ended up either being put in prison or being interviewed in room 101 by MI5.

      Thats what I am writing about but there seems to be a strange similarity as my story is about magic or what seems to be magic and its got music in it to but a little more stronger then yours.

      Maybe your book is about the children of the parents that pass though the system and mine is about about the parents and how they attempted to stop it from 2001 onwards.
      My characters in my book are based on real events and real people Judges Justices clerks, MPs ect and the reasons why it’s all such a mess.

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