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Foxglove Summer Review

POSTED ON January 23rd, 2015  - POSTED IN Reviews

http://fantasy-faction.com/2015/foxglove-summer-by-ben-aaronovitch

Since becoming an author I don’t tend to do book reviews but I’m a huge fan of Ben Aaronvitch’s Peter Grant series and got the opportunity to review the latest book for Fantasy Faction.  Check it out and if you’ve not read any of the series, start with Rivers of London.  Brilliant series!

Diversification

POSTED ON January 20th, 2015  - POSTED IN Publishing, Writing

I’m hearing a lot of people trying to sum up their goals for 2015 into a single word.  This extends to a lot of writers.  I’m the odd one out it seems as I have two words:  “hard work”.

But one word (that is one word long) I’ve been hearing over and over again from writers is “diversification”.

2015 – The First 11 Days

POSTED ON January 12th, 2015  - POSTED IN Productivity, Writing

So we’re nearly two weeks into 2015 and I have to say that things are going remarkably well.

The year has started with an incredibly busy 2015 and has only got busier as new opportunities have come my way.  Let me say, up front, my aim is NOT to try and take on as much as I can, but just to motor on and get things done.

It’s still early, early days and I’m conscious that I could approach burnout tomorrow (although, I have to be honest and say that I feel like I’m slacking rather than overworking) but it’s going far better than I expected.

New Article At Fantasy-Faction On Calibre

POSTED ON January 10th, 2015  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

http://fantasy-faction.com/2015/so-whats-the-fuss-about-calibre

My latest article for Fantasy-Faction went live this past week.  Continuing my look at software for the reader / writer, this month I take a look at the virtual ebook library software, Calibre.  Be sure to check out the article!

Fantasy-Faction Wins Reddit Stabby Award

POSTED ON January 6th, 2015  - POSTED IN Publishing

Once a month, I submit an article and it gets posted to Fantasy-Faction. There are loads of others who do likewise and a couple of people like Mark & Jennie who work their socks off for the site. Having run Action-Figure, I know just how much work goes into running a big site (and the stress that goes with it – never again!) and I have nothing but admiration for Mark & Jennie.

After a few award nominations Fantasy-Faction has won a Reddit Stabby award. This is awesome recognition and well-deserved! I’m very proud of the site and the work it’s done and pleased that it is getting the attention it deserves. Well done!

2015 – The Year Of Hard Work

POSTED ON January 1st, 2015  - POSTED IN Productivity, Publishing, Writing

I have to be honest – I’m going to miss 2014.  It was such a good year for me that it’s going to be hard to top.  I’d set out to have a Year of Adventure and I certainly managed that.

In between all the house buying, tornado chasing, and sword stabbing I also managed to get a lot written.  Probably the most I’ve ever done.  The sad thing is that the results of that hard work never got to be seen by anyone.  That’s publishing for you!

But I’m determined to capitalise on the work I’ve done and continue to push myself forward.  It might be 2016 or 2017 before I reap the benefits of that work but I don’t want to slack off just yet.

And so 2015 is my Year of Hard Work – a year to knuckle down, shut myself off from the world a little and just get a tonne of shit done.  I was pretty productive in 2014, but I intend to see just how far I can push it.

Hence the last couple of days I’ve been working on the last chapters of Thieving King, doing some submission work on Black as Knight, researching my next book, and starting work on a proposal.  January is going to be insanely busy.

Because of this and because of things I learnt in 2014, rather than plan the whole year out, I’m going to take things as they come.  Projects have been shuffled around based on which one seems the best fit at the time and matches my career aims best.  So rather than plan all my 2015 projects right away, I’ll just work on this one and then when it’s done choose the next one.  At least that’s the current plan, I intend to be flexible as needs must.

I’m very excited about the 2015 projects I’m already working on but I’m not ready just yet to start talking about them.

But what I can say with a fair amount of confidence is that after a lot of delay and heartache, barring any major issues, The Thieving King should see release in 2015.  I know, it’s been too long a wait and  I intend for a MUCH shorter gap before the next book in the series.  It’s the largest book I’ve ever written so hopefully that will go a small way toward compensating for the delay.

So here’s to 2015.  There’s a lot of writing ahead, a lot of hard work (hence why I’m writing blog posts at 1am).  Let’s hope it proves as successful as the Year of Adventure did!

2014 – The Year Of Adventure

POSTED ON December 17th, 2014  - POSTED IN Geocaching, Health, Writing

2013 was an incredibly challenging year for me.  Leggedon was like a grenade being thrown into my life

So, after  a year where just getting to the Doctor’s was a challenge, I wanted 2014 to be my year of adventure.  It was a theme that stayed with me the entire year, and what an adventure it was.

New Fantasy-Faction Article – 5 Reasons You Didn’t Fail NaNoWriMo

POSTED ON December 15th, 2014  - POSTED IN Writing

http://fantasy-faction.com/2014/five-reasons-you-didnt-fail-nanowrimo

At this time of year we hear so much about people completing NaNoWriMo.  It’s all high-fives and bragging about your word count.  But what if you failed to hit 50,000 words?  In this article for Fantasy-Faction I talk about the reasons why NaNoWriMo has benefited you, even if you didn’t hit the 50k target.  be sure to check it out!

New GPSTrackLog Article – 5 Things They Never Tell Newbies About Trackables

POSTED ON December 12th, 2014  - POSTED IN Geocaching

http://gpstracklog.com/2014/12/5-things-never-tell-newbies-geocaching-trackables.html

My latest Geocaching article is now live for GPSTracklog and this month I look at trackables again.  This time, though, I look from the perspective of a new geocacher and list five things that never get told to newbies.  If you’re new to Geocaching and trackables confuse you slightly, be sure to check out the article!