A Weekend With The Dresden Files

If truth be told, I’m still feeling a little shellshocked from Worldcon.  Usually I come back from events eager to push my writing harder but after a double weekend of Nine Worlds and Worldcon I instead find myself feeling like I still need to decompress.  As a result, I’ve got very little actual writing done. It [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:21+00:00 August 25th, 2014|Reading|0 Comments

The 2013 End Of Year Review

In many ways I should look back on 2013 as a shit year. It challenged me in ways I could never have imagined. But in reality, I think it was actually a really good year. The universe decided to throw everything it possibly could against me… and it lost. Leggedon was a defining moment and [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:29+00:00 December 31st, 2013|Geocaching, Health, Publishing, Reading, Writing|0 Comments

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

As a writer there are very few books I wish I could have written. My head is so full of my own ideas and nonsense that the voice of others isn’t something that interests me. Instead I dissect, tear open story like some mad doctor as I read and analyse its various organs. I’m sympathetic [...]

2013-07-26T20:31:10+00:00 June 21st, 2013|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

Bookshelf Bombshells Rates The Four Realms As A “Buy It!”

Given how much writers struggle with putting together the synopsis of a novel, I'm starting to wonder, following this brilliant summary of the setup of The Four Realms, whether authors should employ reviewers to write them. I jest, of course, but this review does a really good job of getting 'inside' the setup of the [...]

2013-07-26T22:45:30+00:00 April 10th, 2013|Book Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

New Year’s Resolution

I only made a couple of resolutions this year. This first, in a humorous reference to all those years I said that forthcoming 12 months would see The Four Realms complete, is that I will get The Thieving King done this year. The second was to do with my reading. […]

2016-10-17T17:13:44+00:00 January 7th, 2013|Reading|0 Comments

The GI Joe Re-read

If I had to list my heroes you’d probably not know one of them. Everyone has heard of George Lucas, Clive Barker and JRR Tolkien but not so many have heard of Larry Hama,. For me he’s up there with those icons. Larry Hama was the writer of a toy tie-in comic called GI Joe, [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:53+00:00 July 5th, 2012|Comics, Reading|0 Comments

Storm of Swords

I’d put off reading Storm of Swords. It’s a big book and I’m a slow reader. I’d also not enjoyed Clash of Kings. The circumstances regarding Renly annoyed me greatly, as if the tone of the worldbuilding suddenly shifted. It felt a forced book, one where the writer’s machinations were too clearly on show. However, [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:54+00:00 June 15th, 2012|Reading|0 Comments

Epic Fail!

Not sure if something is wrong with me or if I’m coming down with something but I’m falling out of love with Epic Fantasy. For years, I would say my subgenre of choice was the Epic. I love the whole ‘bigness’ of it all – vast casts, vast worldbuilding and story with such massive consequence. [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:57+00:00 April 13th, 2012|Genre, Reading, Writing|0 Comments