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So What’s The Fuss About Campaign Cartographer?

POSTED ON September 16th, 2015  - POSTED IN Writing

In my latest article for Fantasy-Faction, I take a look at the mapping software, Campaign Cartographer 3.  Whilst it has been primarily designed as a tool for aiding the creation of RPG campaigns, I look at how it could possibly be used as a tool to aid writers’ worldbuilding.

Be sure to check the article out!


Bristolcon Schedule

POSTED ON September 9th, 2015  - POSTED IN Events

I’ll be attending my first ever Bristolcon on the 26th September.  I’ve heard nothing but good things about the event so I’m really excited to attend.

More importantly, I’m also going to be on a number of panels!

Year Of Hard Work – August Report

POSTED ON September 8th, 2015  - POSTED IN Writing

So in many ways, August was my worst month so far this year in terms of productivity.  I wrote only 20,000 words and my productivity was down 70% overall.  But I’m glad to say that I end the month slightly more on track.

After all the excitement and then disbelief of this summer, I came into August  feeling the pressure to perform.  It came at the same time as a number of things.

Five Ideas For Missions For Your Trackables

POSTED ON August 20th, 2015  - POSTED IN Geocaching, Writing

I’ve not had a lot of time to get out Geocaching these past couple of months, and I’m looking forward to the time when I can start going out caching every weekend again.  Still, that hasn’t stopped me doing a new article for GPSTracklog.  This time I look at trackables and try and give five good suggestions for ideas for missions for them.  If you’re a geocacher, be sure to check it out.


POSTED ON August 18th, 2015  - POSTED IN Misc

I don’t tend to blog a lot about my sword fighting.  The main reason is that one of my instructors is a writer and often goes to conventions to demonstrate and give talks.  Sword fighting is her thing and it feels like I would be muscling in should I make it some ‘writer USP’ (Unique Selling Point) and start writing about it regularly.  Plus, she’d kick my arse.

But it’s something I’ve very much enjoyed since I took it up some 18 months ago.  Whilst I’m sure I could train harder, I do work hard at it and over those 18 months have seen considerable progress in both Sword & Buckler and Rapier.  I’m lucky that I’ve found a world-reknowned school and whilst I don’t consider myself particularly brilliant, that’s when I measuring myself against people who have won championships all over the world.  I do pretty decently and for the most part I’m happy with that.  What I lack in natural talent I make up for with dedication.

So What’s The Fuss About Scribbleton?

POSTED ON August 16th, 2015  - POSTED IN Writing

In all the excitement of getting an agent and immersing myself in rewrites, I seem to have forgot to tell everyone about this article I did for Fantasy-Faction talking about the personal wiki software, Scribbleton.  If you’re worldbuilding and trying to figure out how to keep track of everything from currencies used to the history of religion in your worlds, it might be worth giving it a try.  Be sure to check the article out!

The Year Of Hard Work – July Report

POSTED ON August 11th, 2015  - POSTED IN Process, Productivity, Writing

Things have been pretty quiet on the blog in the last month but that’s not because I’ve not been working hard, but because I’ve been focusing on the rewrite.

Whereas previous months have a wide number of projects on the go, I’ve cleared my slate to just focus on Black As Knight. Looking back at my plans for my Year of Hard Work that was always the plan – to be able to scale up and down as needs must.

So for July, other work went to the background as I focused on the novel.