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Sunday, 23 February 2014

The book previously known as 'Starman'....and Roget's Lizard. Do not feed locusts to penguins....

Had a wee bit of a crisisette this week, young fellow-me-followers, for the book to come after the book which is yet to come has had to have a Procedure...

The book of which I speak is the book which was known as Starman (the one about the astrophysicisiticst).  It was pointed out to me (at some distance, I may add, for I am truly a spectacle when I am angered, and it is wise to break such news to me by shouting it through the wire mesh which surrounds my enclosure whilst having a cattle prod handy)..

A little place I call 'home'. Actually I call it 'electrified from the mains', but let's not quibble

that, since I already have a book entitled 'Star Struck', having a book entitled 'Starman' wasn't such a great idea.  Especially since it may lead people to believe that this was a sequel/prequel or, in fact, anything to do with the earlier book.

I prowled for a bit, and thought.  I may have disembowelled a postman, but I have no memory of this and they found his sack twenty miles and three counties away, so I'm going to go with 'no, I didn't'.  Then I perused my Roget's Thesaurus.  I've always wondered about that book.  I know that 'dinosaur' means 'terrible lizard', so why doesn't 'thesaurus' mean 'the lizards'?  I've gone through it and through it and there's hardly any mention of lizard or amphibian lifeforms, so it's a bit mis-titled if you ask me.

I suppose the give-away should have been the penguin on the front. Penguins are not lizards. How can you trust a book which doesn't even know what a lizard is?

That, Roget, is a lizard...That is what you want on the front of your book, because otherwise people, ie me, are going to come to all sorts of misunderstandings, like trying to feed penguins on locusts, or expecting them to change colour, or something.

Anyway. Where were we?  Ah, yes. Well, after I'd paced and perused, I hit on a new title.  Which is now up at the Choc Lit site, together with the blurb, should you care to flip over there and have a little look-see.  It's here.  We don't have a cover yet, but when we do, you will be among the first to know!

Oh, the new title?  It's 'How I Wonder What You Are'... which is very appropriate. You'll find out how appropriate when you read the book...


3 comments:

Chris Stovell said...

I feel your pain... the novel now known as 'Follow a Star' had a different working title AND I had to change the name of a character (not the hero or heroine this time, phew!). But 'How I Wonder What You Are' is great... even though I'm now humming to myself. I'm looking forwards to your cover reveal, too.

kate johnson said...

What,you didn't call it "Let All The Children Boogie?" Missed a trick there, mate.

Mind you, my current Wip is still called "All My Friends Are Dead," so I really can't talk.

Jane Lovering said...

Oh Chris, I know what you mean, I had to change the name of a major character in Hubble Bubble, and it was truly horrible! Hum away...


And Kate...I can see your point. Except that there aren't any children in in and a remarkable, nay, careless, lack of boogieing. Good luck with All Your Dead Friends, by the way.