Edge Lit #4

The Derby QUAD [External Link] is hosting Edge Lit #4;
11th July, 2015;
Derby, England

There’s a Facebook event page here: [External Link]
Tickets are available here: [External Link]

Fran Terminiello and I are hoping to continue our Edge Lit success of last year and should be presenting a little something about historical fencing for writers if all goes to plan don’t fit on this year’s programme but I’ll definitely be hanging around.

An Invisible Tide: Story Background

An Invisible Tide came out last week and I was a little delayed in getting around to writing up the some background from my preliminary notes. However, without further ado, here we go:

Publishing Details

An Invisible Tide is a short story hosted by The Future Fire [External Link] as part of issue 32 (direct link here: [External Link]). It came out in March 2015.


There are three strands of … Continue reading

Sunday 22nd March, 2015

Well, a link soup update!

A short story of mine, An Invisible Tide, has been published. More importantly, it has been published in issue 32 of The Future Fire [External Link], which is now ten years old! It’s a lovely online magazine – and I’m biased but they’re not good just because they published a few of my stories. In fact, they’re so good I name dropped them as part of my 9 Good Things on the 27 Good Things website [External Link] (which also came out this week). I have yet to write my story background post for An Invisible Tide and hope to sort things out for next week. However, if you want to tell me what you thought about it, don’t forget that The Future Fire has their own blog and are looking for feedback comments, too!

For the next trick, if you haven’t noticed I have a book out called 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf (from Fox Spirit Books [External Link]). The follow up (A Pack Of Lies) should be out for July, so now may be a good time to take a look – or leave feedback at Amazon, or Goodreads, or Booklikes, or … Well, you get the idea. Needy writer continues to be needy! For some idea of what it’s all about try these pages and posts on site:

(Actually, for that matter, you may also want to have a look at European Monsters. Because it’s a beautiful book that I just happen to be co-editor of, along with Margrét Helgadóttir [External Link].)

Finally, just a reminder that I’ll be at Dysprosium / EasterCon with Fran Terminiello [External Link]. So that’s in two weeks’ time, give or take a day!

Sunday 15th March, 2015

You know how I said I might be more interesting next week… a fortnight ago? Well, it turns out I was too interesting to post a website update.

I made a flying visit to Copenhagen last weekend to meet up with Margrét Helgadóttir [External Link]. It was mainly social but it did give us a chance to talk African Monsters (which we’re aiming to get out this December) and writing in general.

The dogs were in kennels for my visit but promptly decided to make life interesting by runnign away. Well, Dora ran off. And she didn’t so much run off as refuse to come out of a bramble patch. She was back within 24 hours but it did require alerting various authorities and putting up posters. Have you noticed how Dora keeps having these adventures that mean I spend a lot of time talking about her? I need to do something about that…

Finally, just a reminder that I’ll be at Dysprosium / EasterCon with Fran Terminiello [External Link]. So that’s in two weeks’ time, give or take a day!

Sunday 1st March, 2015

Another uneventful week, at least in terms of public reporting.

The only thing I can really share is probably the least important: this afternoon, I had to crawl through a fence onto a railway embankment to get Dora back. She was a little bewildered at why I should go to all that effort when she was only chasing squirrels and was perfectly happy to wander back in her own time. Her own time being, whenever she remembered what direction home was in. (This probably explains how come she found me when she was collarless and chipless, out in the wilds of South Yorkshire.)

The Six Nations rugby isn’t worth mentioning as nobody seems to be havign a good game and I haven’t done any writing I can boast about this week.

Maybe I’ll be more interesting next week.

Sunday 22nd February, 2015

An uneventful week with ery little to report on this week. However, things you might be interested in:

  • I took a flying visit (well, actually I went by train) to the Waterloo Sparring Group [External Link] on Saturday. Mainly so I could meet up with Fran Terminiello [External Link] to discuss our presentation thingummy at Dysprosium / EasterCon [External Link] but I also enjoyed the opportunity to spar have my rear end handed to me on a plate by some new people.
  • Although it didn’t really take that long (I was gone from 7am until 5pm with travel included) and didn’t use that much energy, I ended up going to bed by 8pm and sleeping for about 12 hours straight. I have spent today with a headache due to lying in bed too long but never mind!
  • Dora had her first stay in kennels (with Finn and Rosie, obviously). On the plus side, she didn’t partake in any jail breaks while I was gone. On the not so plus side, I’ve had three dogs all trying to sit on my knee and bask in my attention since we got back in from picking them up and our long walk…

See you next week!

Sunday 15th February, 2015

For those paying attention to such matters, the fence will finally be fixed this week. Yes, it has taken that long to catch up with Dora‘s exploits. Although she’s now fully chipped and injected, I have yet to get her a name tag. Probably a job for next weekend!

Other than that, not much to say – the rugby has been… lacklustre, at least from the bits I’ve seen, I haven’t been doing any writing as I concentrated on reading a book I’ve had open since Christmas (yes, really), and time continues to march on.

However, you may remember my friend and co-editor, Margrét Helgadóttir [External Link]. She’s having a more exiting time as her new book The Stars Seem So Far Away has just come out, also from Fox Spirit Books [External Link]. Kindle and epub formats will eventually make it online but, for now, you can buy a paperback copy of from Amazon (UK link here: [External Link]). I had the honour of being a test reader and it’s lovely – so lovely I bought a copy as soon as it came out!

Sunday 1st February, 2015

So, this week’s news in no particular order…

Dora has her own page, now she’s officially part of the pack. She won’t be getting birthday celebrations like the other two but we will be giving her an adoption day on December 23rd. Which is the day she found me rather than the day she became mine in the eyes of the law. She’s had her first injection (she has to have the booster in a couple fo weeks, just like a puppy) and is now microchipped. All that’s left is to get her a tag for her collar so she can rattle around the house like the othe two.

She is also living up to her namesake by getting into places she shouldn’t. Yesterday I had to tear some fencing down to get her unstuck from a neighbour’s garden. I shall be spending this week trying to get my fence fixed…

Something you might enjoy hearing about more is that the follow up to 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf has been officially accepted by my publisher, Fox Spirit Books [External Link]. So, A Pack Of Lies (title subject to changes or tweaks) should be out later this year. We’re aiming for May / June but it should be out in time for this year’s Edge Lit.

And, yes, this meant a few minor changes on the Fur-Skins page to reflect the fact that Elkie’s story arc has official backing!

Sunday 25th January, 2015

Yesterday was the first Sheffield Fantasy and Science Fiction Social Club meet [External Link] – and it went very well. We were a decent sized crowd, everyone laughed in the right places when I did my reading from 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf (“Pick a number between 1 and 25!”), and Adrian Tchaikovsky [External Link] gave us an exclusive advance reading of his book out in February (Guns of The Dawn, on Goodreads here: [External Link]). New people were met, books were raffled, and swords were discussed. Basically, I had a lot of fun.

Which is just as well because I survived a rather nasty week at work to make it there! Never mind, there’s a new week coming.

In pack news: This week I’ll be putting up a page for my new-to-me Hellhound Dora (yes, The Explorer. I picked the name for a reason). She found me just before Christmas and so far nobody has stepped forward as her original owner. She’s still unchipped but that will change with a trip to the vets this week when I get her chipped and innoculated. I am now officially outnumbered and outvoted by dogs…