ChapterCon 2017

ChapterCon [External Link] is being launched this year;
24th – 26th August, 2017;
Teddington, England

The event is a few days for people in the writing business and is open to readers (i.e. for books, signings, readings and general goodies) on the Saturday 26th. Reader tickets to cover this are now available from the site. I shall be attending as an author.

Authors with pre-order available

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Giveaway: ChapterCon Reader Tickets Winner

In case you’ve missed mentions, I shall be attending the ChapterCon event of the year (24th-26th August) as an author. If you haven’t been and looked already, you can find loads of details on the official website here: [External Link]

I had three reader tickets (access to a morning or afternoon session of accosting authors for books, signatures and general conversation) to give away and these have been won by Shona … Continue reading

Giveaway: ChapterCon Reader Tickets

So, we’ve just less than two months to go until the ChapterCon event of the year (24th-26th August). If you haven’t been and looked already, you can find loads of details on the official website here: [External Link]

However, the bit important to our giveaway!

The way this event is being run means that Readers / the public are invited to attend on the Saturday (26th) and tickets are available for morning … Continue reading

Wednesday 28th June, 2017

Hi all,

Radio silence is now broken so that I can officially announce I finished draft the first of novella the third in my Greenwood theme. Strictly speaking, I finished it on Friday (23rd) and have since been pretending to enjoy some downtime. By which i mean that somewhat empty period between projects when I’m not sure whether to start something totally new (as I have a few things on the list I can’t decide between), hassle readers for feedback so I can work on second / third / nth redrafts, or pick up one of those old things gathering electronic dust and see if I can finally make it work. Which, of course, means procrastination and playing games usually fills the void while I pretend to think.

For those who care, my queue of things I’m deciding between looks like:

  1. A new science fiction thing involving social media, game quests and algorithms (a word I never spell right first time) with the working title “Aurora”.
  2. A new dark fantasy / horror thing in the Fur-Skins world but with a different bunch of heroes, currently labelled “25 10 Ways Not To Kill A Vampire”.
  3. Reading through and potentially resurrecting “The Three Guineveres” (in short form, “The Gens”, and I even have a tag for that for previous mentions), which was a sort of science fictional take on Guinevere. Because the world needs more Arthuriana, right?
  4. Reading through and potentially redrafting a fantasy called “In The Shadow of The Wall” that was a blatant parallel (but not factual) of the Romans leaving Hadrian’s Wall with a locked room mystery thrown in for good measure. Because there’s no such thing as too much, right?
  5. A fantasy thing called “City of Dreams” that needs a rewrite and therefore may end up being something I’ve got notes for as “Feintheart”.

Any preferences?

Wednesday 7th June, 2017

Good news! The current greenwood WIP continues to clip along at a decent speed, for me, and I’m now 75% of the way through. As I’m aiming for 40,000 words, that means I’ve managed 30,000 – which sounds marginally less impressive.

Anyway, having not mentioned it for a while, you may remember I like shape-shifters. My pet monsters are werewolves (I suggest starting on the Fur-Skins page if you want to have a wander) but there’s always the possibility of other animals. So, if you want a story about a shape-shifter that isn’t connected to my fur-skins world, there’s one in the Fox Spirit free fiction section: [External Link] The title you’re looking for is “A Granted Wish”. Enjoy!

Wednesday 31st May, 2017

Today is your last chance to pre-order my books if you want signed copies for ChapterCon in August. The mess o’links from includes the link to the form for my books (which includes Monster and Fox Pocket anthologies, but only if you buy in advance!) and some other authors who will be running theirs longer. I only intend to carry a limited number of copies to sell, otherwise, as trees are heavy. Actual closure of the form will happen sometime tomorrow afternoon / evening when I get back in from work.

Somewhat belatedly (sorry, I skipped a week again) you can listen again to my visit to Hannah’s Bookshelf here: [External Link] Hannah Kate has, of course, had another show since then and she’s got that, as well as three years-ish of previous shows, all available on mixcloud. Specialist subjects have included Manchester, werewolves, medieval literature and poetry.

And in writing news, I am now halfway-to-sixty-percent through the first draft of the latest Greenwood WIP. Here’s hoping it’s the last for a while because I’m starting to have thoughts about social media stories and werewolves. Not necessarily together.

Thursday 18th May, 2017

Let’s start with the deadline. If you’re attending ChapterCon in London at the end of August, you can pre-order some of the writers’ books through various Google forms. I have linked them on my ChapterCon mess o’links. This includes being able to pre-order a number of my books: 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf, A Pack Of Lies, Fool If You Think It’s Over, all the Fox Spirit Monster anthologies to date and all of the Fox Pockets. At a slight discount.

I am making a big deal out of this because a) the deadline for ordering is the end of this month (i.e. Wednesday 31st May) and b) I’m going to be a bit of a miser about lugging books around England, so I’ll otherwise have limited numbers of the Elkie books with me and only my own copies of the others so that I can show off some signatures and persuade those of you who missed out to order them on-line.

Somewhat closer on the horizon, I shall be on (local) radio on Saturday, North Manchester FM between 2pm and 4pm to be precise. The lovely Hannah Kate has invited me to talk on Hannah’s Book Shelf and there’s a post with all the details here [External Link]. I may be mildly nervous. OK, a lot. Mainly because I’m terrible at remembering names and titles so you can expect me to tail off at least once in the two hours while I struggle to remember who or what I’m supposed to be mentioning. It might even be often enough to make it into a drinking game. But not while I’m actually there, obviously.

Finally, here’s your reward for being patient people. I remembered to put up the opening paragraphs of my current Greenwood WIP set (as promised). They’re at various stages of draft, so what I’ve put up may not be exactly what they read like by the time they’re published – if they’re published. Feedback, as always, welcome!

Into The Greenwood

As promised, here’s the opening paragraphs of my three current works in progress that are based on the idea of the Greenwood – to my mind, that fictional woodland in constant early summer where all the fairy tales happen. The three stories are given their working titles, i.e. they may change by the time they’re published if they’re published, and in the order I started working on them:

Thursday 4th May, 2017

As is now traditional for this date: May the fourth be with you.

I’ve realised I haven’t done a catch-up post for a while, so here’s the latest since my last diary post.

My visit to Humber SFF #3 seemed to go well – aside from my usual Hull car parking adventures that meant I was slightly late getting to the library. I think I was forgiven and I certainly enjoyed myself.

But that was over three weeks ago and I’ve been kind of quiet on the web-site since. Excepting that May 1st was Blogging Against Disablism Day 2017 (#BADD2017) [External Link] and, having skipped a post last year, I managed to put together a post on time management (oh the irony) called ‘Becoming a girl who CAN say “no”‘. I recommend going through to the proper BADD2017 page and catching up with all the blog posts.

The on-site ChapterCon event page has gone through a bit more of a tweak. As well as my own pre-order form, I’ve put links to a few other authors who are attempting to be efficient with luggage space on their travels. I’ve also posted links to their home pages, so please go and find out more about some awesome authors.

Having completed the first draft of a second Greenwood-y project, and run through the basic redrafting the first Greenwood-y project, it turns out the next / current WP first draft is going to be… you guessed it, another Greenwood-y novella. So my faux-medieval fantasy jag continues. If I remember, I think I’ll do a post with the “first page” of each of them so you can see what I mean about attempting to create folk tales that feel like they have been around for hundreds of years. I’ve previously posted opening draft paragraphs on Facebook, so I guess it’s only fair that the rest of you get to see the current state – although still not necessarily the final version if they make it into print. I shall have to work out how to include my footnotes…