If I could dish out any single piece of advice it would be to never be ashamed about what you like. This week the Speculative Scotsman got a lot of shit because he argued that Fantasy was a bit crap and should be more literary. For the record I disagree with him, and it seemed [...]
There are pros and cons to audiobooks. On the plus side, they allow me to effectively “read” at work, listening to them on my iPod as I go about various tasks. But on the down side, it’s not possible to flick back a few pages to check whether you misunderstood something (trust me, after falling [...]
I'm a sucker for craft. It may be some form of heavily disguised procrastination activity but I love reading about how some of my favourite novels were put together: what changes occurred to the manuscript and what real life incidents inspired them. Because writing isn't disconnected from the real world. Real life bleeds into writing [...]
Things have been pretty quiet this week. Neon Lights & Green Fire is getting some good number of reads (all things considered) but although it could do with a bit of a push, my real focus this week has been the novel. When I was younger, I used to love the actual process of writing, [...]
So "Neon Lights & Green Fire" has been added to the website, a tale of elves, goblins, gangsters and fairy princesses set in Las Vegas. Thanks to members of Orbiters for their critiques, and thanks especially to Leigh Barlow for his last minute extra beta reading. As I mentioned before this story is a bit [...]
So this project is a story in itself. Are you sitting comfortably? Back in September, I wrote a short story I was very proud of. People say you can’t do Elves any more without it being derivative, so I attempted to do something that wasn’t. What I ended up with was something I think is [...]
This could be brilliant, or it could massively disappoint, but the thing that's got me excited right now is how it seems to be mixing up genres. Is that a World War 2 plane against a dragon? Oh, I so hope so! Let's hope the final film looks as cool as the trailer!