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December 6th 2021
Coronavirus UK: 51,459 tested positive. Deaths 41 (836 in last seven days) Dec 6th 4.20 pm data
Get Vaccinated! It is still infecting and killing unvaccinated people and rising!
Maybe we don't need to panic after all
Right now we’re all in a tizzy about Omicron (the evil one in the Transformers franchise I think). We can only hope that our vaccines and boosters offer some defence against it and if I were an antivaxer – I’d get a shot right now, no one is going to feel sorry for you if it all gets out of control again and you’re on a ventilator at Christmas. Germany is leading the way on how to isolate them. I’d go further, prosecute the people and organisations such as Tik Tok & Facebook spreading disinformation.
Meanwhile James Campion debates the pressing issues happening in the Supreme Court in the USA.
It’s -2c outside today and snow on the roofs. I hear 5,000 are still without power after 11 days in the North of England as power lines are down. It’s barely 15c inside, despite the central heating being on. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a heart attack when the energy bill comes in. December is generally fatal in this household. House insurance, car insurance and annual memberships fall due and of course gas and electric bills will come in (gas is at it’s highest price ever right now). I try to mitigate heating costs with the log burner but logs are up 35% on last year too. I read in The Times that they predict oil prices at $150 a barrel in the next twelve to sixteen months.
Retirement Sucks. Fixed income, unfixed prices. Mr Micawber would understand. How I miss having my job. Well, not the people I worked with, or the meetings, the endless meetings where no one would discuss the actual problems that needed solving. I miss the interaction with students though – although it must be a nightmare teaching a woke classroom now where no humour is permitted and they actively interpret everything one says or reads as a major slight against their sensibilities. A friend writes that the more offended a student gets the more likes they get on social media.
On that note I wonder what the woke crowd make of 'Hellbound' the South Korean series on Netflix. If you think Squid Game was cruel, take a look at victims in this series tossed around like meat by creatures from Hell and the teen woke mobs roaming the streets beating people to death for their alleged 'sins'. Is it sci-fi or a window into our Clockwork Orange future?
December is here. The virus has taken a nightmarish twist. Millions who mingled during Thanksgiving are about to discover they are going to test positive for Covid. And Omicron is just starting its journey to defeat Delta. We humans are part of that experiment. We should be allowing South Africa to make the vaccines there. They have the scientists and the capability. Release the patents. Save the world.
Wear the masks when out. No more hugging. Definitely no mistletoe.
* This may well be the last monthly edition of Hackwriters. Next year it will just be archived. That’s the plan. We shall see.
© Sam North December - Editor - and yes buy my new novel 'A Cure for Sceptics'!
Ever been scammed in healthcare? Then is novel is for you. A great Christmas gift too!
A Cure for Sceptics
by Sam North
Publisher: Hammer & Tong ( July 2021)
Paperback & kindle: 326 pages
Delaney and Asha run the Berg City Office of City Oversight. Their role is to expose the shady characters running scams and fraud against the city. 300 complaints flood in for a $30,000 treatment that claims to abolish pain forever. Unfortunately the Mayor himself is touting the scheme. When Delaney finds himself left for dead at the bottom of a cliff he gets the message that he's supposed to leave this one well alone.
'A great human story that wears it's heart on it's sleeve.'
Dr Allen Cook - Bridgeport University
‘a brilliant and intriguing tale’ Amazon
**Sample Sam North's new novel here.
Covid Numbers worldwide - Source: Worldometers.
||Celebrating the publication of MISSION LONGSHOT:
how far will you go to save one life?
The climate is changing fast - the future of humanity is at stake, who wants to escape to an alternative planet on that spaceship with Elon? (Well not that actual spaceship but you know what I mean). Buy a ticket and enjoy the ride. But don't forget to buckle up. It might not go where you thought it would.
'Gripping adventures with highly engaging characters.' W. Leff - Goodreads
The Sam North Novels - still available to order Amazon or Lulu
*Keeping Hackwriters archived is supported by sales of our books - so do buy, print or kindle, we aren't picky.
Magenta - A chilling story of kidnapping, burning and strangeness set in the wilds of Lincolnshire
** The Heaviness, & The Repercussions of Tomas D - 'best time travel WW2 story in a long while'
The new edition of 'ANOTHER PLACE TO DIE: ENDTIME CHRONICLES
By Sam Hawksmoor & Sam North
There's no safe place to hide from a lethal pandemic
Print & Kindle - Q&A interview with the authors here
A city gripped by fear. People are petrified of being thrown into quarantine. Best friends Kira and Liz once parted are scared they will never see each other again. Teen lovers, Chris and Rachel, prepare to escape to the islands.
a taster here The Last Ferry
Review from the First Edition:
'Beautiful, plausible, and sickeningly addictive, Another Place to Die: Endtime will terrify you, thrill you, and make you petrified of anyone who comes near you...'
Roxy West - Amazon.co.uk
||Girl with Cat (Blue) - Shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Award
'a funny, bloody, colorful narrative that never fails to surprise the reader. Girl with Cat (Blue) provides great entertainment'.
'This book was amazing! I was hooked from the first few pages and couldn't put the book down.'
26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. - Honorable Mention
|J&K 4Ever - A post-apocalypse love story
Sixty years after the end of everything the city of Bluette survives, controlled by a malignant sect. A place where men rule, girls receive no education and are matched at 16 to the highest bidder. No one is ever permitted to leave the city and outside is a murderous wasteland of despair. Orphans Kruge and Jeyna have been devoted to each other through all the years of terror in this harsh regime and sworn never to be parted. But the beautiful Jeyna has been betrayed by the Warden. Kruge has been swiftly banished to the Scraps, under the control of the Keeper. Jeyna is heartbroken; she will not accept her fate and escapes to find Kruge.
'A genuine romance in a bleak but plausible and terrifying setting'.
||MARIKKA- exclusively on Amazon Print and kindle 2
Based on a tragic real life event, Marikka flees from an arson attack on her home to the sea, where she meets Starfish boy – a runaway working for Jackson, a scarred man hiding a sinister secret from the world. Meanwhile her real father searches for her with the aide of Anya, ‘the girl who can read objects’. More about the writing of this book
‘Long after my tears dried, my heart stayed with Marikka, Starfish Boy and the strange girl who reads objects.’ CT
You will smile, you will gasp with shock, and you will struggle to read the words through your tears. Gemma Williams - Amazon.co.uk
|Spy/Romance thriller set during the Blitz in WW2 - Kindle download
The Repercussions of Tomas D
A Hero? Or Englands Greatest Traitor? USA Paperback here
'Disturbing and very poignant YA love story that presents a chilling alternate future for an England that lost the war.' Marcel d'Agneau
'A brilliant imagining of living in the Blitz, well researched.' Amazon UK
'This is Man in the High Castle for teens and scarily plausible '
*download the Kindle version or buy the paperback from Hammer & Tong
||'The Heaviness' for any reader who likes to think about such things as betrayal, revenge, relationships and the laws of gravity. An original Genie Magee story
Genie & Renée have just 36 hours to save Rian or he dies
'Without a doubt, one of the best YA Sci Fi series out there.' Evie Seo - Bookish
Kindle & print
Thanks to readers who have been buying this title.
* Also published as Rüya by Marti Yayincilik - The Turkish publishers of TOZ & Golge
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