…contrary p’raps to the image this ol’ Jurassic would like to project about himself, I don’t always get ev’rything 100% right… and not just the ‘I was wrong once, when I thought I was wrong’ kinda 100% right… and if getting yer knees kicked is evidence of mistakes, errors, faux pas, and sheer f*ck-ups, then my historical bruises would make a posse of hospital E.R. teams wince… notwithstanding that, Mabel (doncha LUV that WURD?… ’notwithstanding’), it is imperative to check yer facts, do yer homework… NUTHIN spoils a reader’s enjoyment of a good book quicker than when a wee factoid appears out of left field and is blatantly incorrect… in the days before the internet, quill-scrapers had access to dictionaries, atlases, reference libraries, and where relevant, back numbers of newspapers… fast-forward to the present day… much as I sum’times rail against the over-reliance on gadgetry (for example, checkout people, 10 minus 5 will always be 5, regardless of what yer wrongly-pressed screens tell yeez), the Web is a goldmine of information… as the Oldest-Confessed-Computer-Dimwit-On-Earth, even I have trained myself on how to ‘search’ for the gems I need… any other approach constitutes laziness in a scribbler… facts… fr’example, in my first wee Jack Calder masterpiece, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, I had my characters for a while journeying in a pursuit through the Atacama Desert in Chile, before traversing the mountains and down into Bolivia… a Chilean reader emailed me, and congratulated my graphic and entirely accurate descriptions of the locale, the atmosphere, and landmarks, and enquired when was the last occasion I’d been in his beloved country… truth is, I’ve never (yet) been to South America… it all came from Aunty Google… in the second novel, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK, the cover page features a Gurkha Kukri dagger… again, readers’ kudos centred on its authenticity… once more Aunty Google had come up trumps… one I did miss, and later re-edited in subsequent writing, was a reference to the explosive, Semtex, as a ‘grey-coloured’ putty-looking substance… my good pal Eric J. Gates (he of the ‘CULL’ series of great books) pointed out that it is in fact ‘reddish-orange’… and do yeez know sum’thing`?… it feels ‘right’ to be ‘right’… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!… yeez can check for errors here if yeez want (howzat for book plugging!):
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Vengeance Wears Black : http://amzn.to/W59BB3
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