Monthly Archives: January 2012

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SFX Weekend Prep

This weekend sees the return of the SFX Weekender and I'm currently getting ready for it. Last year's event proved a lot of fun. Despite being hosted in a holiday camp that looked like it was made to hold prisoners of war, there was a good crowd there and whilst I attended very few panels [...]

January 30th, 2012|Events|0 Comments

Fantasy Wanderlust

I wrote one of my first novels when I was aged 8. It was called “Where the Wind Blows” and involved anthropomorphised animals on a bus. The bus went through the countryside picking up more characters. I abandoned it after about 30 hand-written pages as I had about the same number of characters and no [...]

January 29th, 2012|Genre|2 Comments

Unsexy Progress

Things have been pretty quiet on the blog mainly because I’ve been knuckling down and working. There’s nothing sexy or exciting about the vomit draft other than seeing the story come together, and that’s not something I can really share without ruining the book. There was a depressing moment mid-week when I realised that I’d [...]

January 27th, 2012|Genre, Writing|0 Comments

Ash – Oh Yeah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-aPIXeAmpO8   Busy today on some real life things, so I thought I'd leave everyone with some music. Following a Twitter comment by Will Hill, author of the brilliant Department 19, I've dug out my old 1977 album by Ash. Here's my favourite track from the album: Oh Yeah

January 24th, 2012|Music|0 Comments

Hatching Plans

There’s more to being a writer than just writing these days. If you want to do it in some professional capacity (large or small) there’s a lot of business; whether that be promotion, dealing with agents and publishers, or just following the market. And then there’s that business of being able to take a look [...]

January 23rd, 2012|Writing|1 Comment

Getting Ready To Edit Refugee

So whilst the first draft work on Gods of the Old Frontier continues, I’m also starting to edit Refugee. Refugee (or more likely ‘Refugees’ – I’m still undecided) is the tale of a family who become refugees in a fantasy world following the destruction of our own. It’s post-apocalyptic with fantasy imagery. It has a [...]

January 19th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments

Xmas Arts And Crafts 2011

A couple of years ago my extended family decided that instead of token presents, it would be a lot more fun to make things for each other. It proved to be a great success. It didn’t matter how well the final product turned out, the time and effort put into it was greatly appreciated by [...]

January 17th, 2012|Misc|1 Comment

The Red Sands Of Gods

Gods continues to be an interesting process. If you’re not aware, this is the first book I’ve attempted to write where I’m discovering the story as I go. It’s a western fantasy with helicopters and spirit animals. There’s part of me that felt as if the ideas needed to ‘cook’ for another couple of years, [...]

January 15th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments

Dear Genre, Bullying Reviews Are Very Uncomely

I have no problems with negative reviews. I’m interested in people’s opinions and if someone didn’t like something, it’s interesting to hear why. There are a few people whose positive reviews are enough to make me buy books, and there are some people whose negative reviews have convinced me likewise. Coming from the low art [...]

January 14th, 2012|Genre|19 Comments

The Green-Eyed Monster

China Mieville is 11 days older than me. 11 days more in which he’s managed to write numerous successful novels, win loads of awards and become the poster boy of genre fiction. Even if I didn’t sleep in the next two weeks I’d never be able to beat that. If there was a scorecard labelled [...]

January 13th, 2012|Genre, Uncategorized, Writing|0 Comments