I remember some jackass positing that I was a spoiled rich frat boy, because I thought sf publishing should make an effort to appeal to… well, everybody. Look, I think all nice boys and girls should read sf. I think all middle-of the road boys and girls should read sf. I think all nasty boys and girls should too. Actually, I think sf should be read by small furry green aliens and dolphins… you get the picture. That means the material needs to appeal to everyone. Not every book to every reader, but that there is indeed something for spoiled rich frat boys and spoiled skinny occupy Wall Street BA students, and blue-collar workers and tech geeks. That means… you have to actually publish something that they can identify with.
I am still laughing at the spoiled rich frat boy conclusion about me though. I wish they could see my hands now. I spent a lot of today battling with brake calipers on the franken-car (where I did the body-transplant, because I rolled it responding to an ambo callout for a roll-over on our appallingly maintained roads). The mixture of brake-fluid and dust is, um… delightful. Also sticky and very very resistant to removal. I have named it Bucharest, as it plans, with a capital, to Rumania. I guess, writing about what I know, I should stick to inept home auto-mechanics (except I seem to have accumulated knowledge on being inept at lots of things. Writing too).
Anyway, what is central to today’s post is how a very small (in this case not cheap) component can make a large thing inoperable – or at least not much fun to operate. The problem, once I got it all apart… was an o-ring. Rubber, and just not quite in the state it should be. Honestly, the damage was pretty minor – but enough to make the whole vehicle unusable.
And thus, in defense of fussing those small details, many don’t matter much but the crucial bits can ruin a good book for your readers — especially when it is about something they’re expert in, and you are not. When those readers are your target audience, make sure that you have someone check that…
As everyone is broke after Christmas, let alone with our current inflation rates – a reminder that if you’re on Amazon Prime a lot of my books are on KU. I still make something and you get entertained.
Picture just to remind you that it is summer here.