Fantasycon 2015 Report

Conventions can be a little addictive.  When you start you go for the panels, trying to pick up information and tips that will help you with your own writing.  But as you progress you’ll find that panels repeat topics and themes, and so become less important.  Instead, conventions will become more about the people. […]

October 27th, 2015|Events, Genre, Travel, Writing|0 Comments

When Do You Get To Call Yourself A Writer?

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about when you get to call yourself a writer.  It’s an issue I really sympathise with because for a long time I was one of those people. You see, you decide to take your writing seriously.  You may have been writing for pleasure or you may have even had something published in a newsletter or magazine but there are these… titans whose name you dream of being listed alongside.  Calling yourself a writer somehow seems to disrespect that idea.  No, a ‘writer’ is what you want to become.  What you are now is something that comes before, something embryonic, something that aspires to be that thing. I get it. I really, really do.  I’d run a successful website, published countless magazine articles and even co-written a non-fiction book and still I did not feel like a ‘writer’.  I’d keep asking myself when did I earn the right to get to call myself a ‘proper writer’?  If this sounds like you, let me give you a little advice. You’re asking the wrong question! […]

August 8th, 2013|Genre, Writing|0 Comments

Thinking About The Career Plan

Over the last couple of days I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about career. There’s a saying in publishing that it’s one thing to be published, another to stay published. A year ago I was worried about ever getting published. Now, with the book out and deep into writing book two, I’m starting to look ahead and formulate a long term plan for my writing and where I want to be. […]

July 3rd, 2013|Genre, Writing|0 Comments

A Knight Out

I am sure there are some high security inmates who have a better social life than myself right now, but I suspect that might be true of many writers. So I was glad when I heard a good friend of 20+ years was in this part of the country on work and I, for once, wasn’t on out-of-hours call with the day job. […]

June 25th, 2013|Genre, Travel|0 Comments

New Fantasy Faction Article: Attending Your First Convention

Over at Fantasy Faction I've recently had an article published regarding attending your first convention as an unpublished writer. If you have further ones, please be sure to add them to make this a really useful resource for unpublished writers. The prospect can be a little scary the first time so hopefully there's some good [...]

June 13th, 2013|Genre, Writing|0 Comments

Points For A May Day

I’ve been a bit bad at updating the blog recently. The ironic thing is that at those times when I do have a lot to blog about, I’m too busy to do so. I’m currently behind on everything. The test results have come back from the leg and there’s a ridiculous number of activities now happening ranging from referals to the hospital, to high risk of a repeat, to building the walking up again. So here are a collection of points, most of which are blog posts in their own right. […]

May 6th, 2013|Genre, Health, Writing|0 Comments

New Fantasy Faction Article On Tropes

My latest article for Fantasy Faction has gone live today. This month I look at tropes, what they are, what's bad about them, what's good about them and the risk of using them. Personally, I'm quite pleased with how this one turned out, so I hope you'll all agree. Check it out HERE

March 14th, 2013|Genre, Writing|Comments Off on New Fantasy Faction Article On Tropes

Strange Chemistry Imprint Launch

Last week, I managed to call in some favours to knock off the day job early in order to head up t the British Library to attend the Strange Chemistry imprint launch. Those who’ve ever read my writing might question why I would go to the launch of an imprint specialising in YA fiction. The answer to that goes back to long before the imprint was conceived. […]

September 1st, 2012|Events, Genre|0 Comments

No More Heroes

It occurred to me whilst driving home the other night that we live in the first age without heroes. A combination of greater openness, social media and press intrusion means that we no longer hear a one-dimensional description of people portraying them as true heroes through and through in the classic sense of the word. That soldier who risked their life to save their comrades commits domestic abuse, that Olympic sports star has been found cheating on their partner. That nurse who went to some disaster ravaged country to help give aid has a conviction for drug abuse. Instead heroes have been replaced by heroic acts. […]

April 27th, 2012|Genre|0 Comments