Meme Monday: A couple of cats and some words of wisdom (Hey! I see you. Stop laughing).

I’m spending a lot of time in the garden, playing with chickens, working on my VA packet (oh fun!), and an entire laundry list of things which all have to be completed right now, or the whole world will collapse! There’s nothing wrong with a little fun hyperbole, right?

One of the many things I’m working on this summer is this great place where readers tolerate my ramblings and venting; my blog.

When I first started it, I ran with it. I didn’t care. I had words to say and come heaven or high water, I needed to get them out. Bad grammar, misspellings, and all, I didn’t care. I was going to put my words on paper (or screen) and be damned the grammar police. Now I’m a little more realistic on how much the public will put up with and I do believe I’ve reached that boundary a few times. Now has come the time when I need to go back and correct some mistakes.

I’ve figured out that readers will either put up with venting, sarcastic jokes, and cussing, or they will tolerate bad writing, but they will not tolerate both. Continue reading

The Vinyl Detective by Andrew Cartmel

Remember to order your copy of The Vinyl Detective Mysteries – Written in Dead Wax, written by Andrew Cartmel. (Yes, that Andrew Cartmel).

The Vinyl Detective

Those who are familiar with Doctor Who, will immediately recognize his name as the creator of The Cartmel Masterplan. This isn’t the first time Mr. Cartmel has delved into great stories outside the Doctor Who universe while following his passions, hobbies, and interests.

His experiences reach many corners of the writing world. Besides his extensive list of writing and overseeing Doctor Who scripts, he was also the Script Editor for other television series’ (such as BBC’s popular medical drama series Casualty), he wrote many comic book stories (including Judge Dredd: Swine Fever), and worked as a magazine editor and a lecturer. This is only a glimpse into his accomplishments. 

Most recently he co-wrote, with Ben Aaronovitch (another Doctor Who alumni) the highly successful comic book series, Rivers of London: Body Work (Volumes 1-5).

Any fan of Mr. Cartmel knows he loves his cats, he collects vinyl records from around the world, and his long writing career proves he’s a master of many genres.

Andrew Cartmel

Andrew Cartmel and his cat Molly. Photo credit Andrew Cartmel. 

Mr. Cartmel is not afraid to write outside his comfort zone to provide quality material for fans.

He’s always looking for more ways to stretch his creative muscles.

The Vinyl Detective series is one more fantastic example of his writing prowess and creative range.

Written in Dead Wax is the first mystery in this series. Weaving a web of suspense, danger, and the ever diminishing number of cat biscuits, I hope The Vinyl Detective continues to keep us entertained for many years to come.

On top of everything, Mr. Cartmel’s amazing career also includes a tour as a stand-up comedian. His funny side makes an appearance in all of his scripts, so I hope to see more of this tongue-in-cheek British humor in this upcoming series.

Available both in print and on Kindle, it’s available now in many fine book retailers and on Amazon at;

I’m sure he would enjoy hearing from more of his fans, so another way to follow Mr. Cartmel’s work is to read about his day on Twitter @andrewcartmel .  

Until next time…be safe, be kind, and always be happy.