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

Given how the carrying of books is surprisingly heavy (how many trees can you carry?) a lot of attending authors are setting up pre-order pages to help judge numbers. My own is open for orders until 31/05/2017. You can find it here: [External Link]

And here are as many of the others as I have links for along with author websites where known:

Author Website Pre-Order Form Open Until
Catherine Stine http://catherinestine.com/wp/
[External Link]
[External Link]
Christina Benjamin http://www.thegenevaprojectbook.com/
[External Link]
[External Link]
Colleen Nye https://www.colleennye.com/
[External Link]
[External Link] 15/07/2017
Jo Thomas
(Just in case you needed a reminder)
journeyouse.net [External Link] 31/05/2017
Mia Hoddell www.miahodell.com
[External Link]
[External Link]
Victoria Kinnaird @victoriakinnairdofficial on Facebook
[External Link]
[External Link] End of June / Beginning of July

Wednesday 12th April, 2017

Good news!

Draft the first of my current / second Greenwood-y project is complete. It weighs in at 39,000 words but will probably see some changes before it’s declared ready to rehome. The next intended project, which I’ll be starting tomorrow or Good Friday, will actually be to start going through a redraft of the previous / first Greenwood-y project to make it ready for rehoming. The two aren’t really connected outside of my own head beyond a few themes and a little bit of pretentious author conceit. However, they’re both intentionally faux-medieval fantasy in that they’re attempts to make fairy tales that feel like they have been around for hundreds of years. I don’t mean fairy tales in the sense of a novel with fairy tale tropes, I mean fairy tales as you find them in old collections.

In other news, you can now pre-order my books (and some not but in the same series, as I’m a co-editor of the first two Fox Spirit Monster books and have a short story in one of the Fox Pockets) if you’re intending to come to ChapterCon. I have updated my event details accordingly.

On Saturday, I shall be reading from 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf, and possibly one of the short stories from this website, time allowing, in Hull as part of Humber SFF #3. See you there if you’re coming!

Also, there are chocolate eggs – whether you associate them with pagan festivals, Christian celebrations or just plain love of chocolate – and this makes me happy. And full.

Wednesday 29th March, 2017

Today is not a happy day for me as Brexit rolls on and Article 50 has been triggered. However, the ongoing political headdesk moments aren’t something I like to talk about on the blog so…

Sorry for taking a couple of weeks off. My stress levels didn’t work well with other commitments and my day off work (I currently work 4 days a week, 8 hours each day) had to be shuffled around so while I was around on Wednesdays I wasn’t in any kind of writing mood. However, some of the stress was good stress in that it was taken on as part of a greater (much greater) whole.

As mentioned previously, I attended “By the Sword – The Women’s HEMA weekender” on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March. I actually went down to Godalming (where it was held) on the Friday, with a detour into that there London for a visit to the Leon Paul [External Link] shop where I had my smallsword fettled. I also remembered to take Mousie and we have two more postcards: 34 and 35. The weekend itself was awesome although I overloaded and ran out of spoons a few times.

I also went to a handling session (and trip to the library) at the Royal Armouries [External Link] with my HEMA club, Academie Gloriana, on Friday 24th – which was swiftly followed by my birthday weekend. I think we can safely say I’m middle-aged now.

I didn’t get any writing done, as I mentioned, but I’ve started back up this week and I’m within spitting distance of the end of a first draft. It looks like the current Greenwood-y project will come in a bit under 40,000 words. I may then take some time off to meet interesting civilisations and destroy them before launching into the next project or editing an older WIP.

Wednesday 8th March, 2017

And this week it’s International Women’s Day, so yay for the women! Whether you’re cis or trans*, this is your day 🙂

For those of you feeling left out, there’s an International Men’s Day. Please remember to make as much noise on my Twitter and FB feeds about how men need support too as you’re doing now on November 19th.

And for today’s round up:

The Amazon.com giveaway of 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf has finished and the five copies have started winging their way to the winners. And Amazon handled all of that, so I may have to do this sort of thing again!

I do have another giveaway to organise in the not too distant future, but it will have to be on another platform that Amazon. I will be attending ChapterCon, a new convention that has an interesting way of doing things. We authors and others in the industry get a work conference in the week and then the Saturday (26th August) will be open to the public – provided you buy a reader’s ticket to cover the morning or afternoon session. And I have three reader tickets available to give away.

I don’t remember to put up events pages for the Yorkshire area SFF socials as often as I should but I’m going to be at the Humber SF&F social in Hull on Easter Saturday (April 15th) so I’ve done a links page here. I’ll be there in the capacity as author as well as the more usual heckling member of the audience who talks too much.

There’s another event, that won’t make it to an event page, the weekend after next called “By the Sword – The Women’s HEMA weekender” (also occasionally referred to as “SHEMA”). I shall be attending and doing a bit of smallsword instruction. So I shall be otherwise engaged for St Patrick’s Day and the Six Nation’s Super Saturday. Greater love hath no HEMAiste, etc.

Other than that, the writing creeps on and I may be looking at the outline of another 40,000 word novella with Greenwood-y themes. I think I may have read too many fairy tales and similar as a child.

HumberSFF#3 Women in Science Fiction & Fantasy (done)

The Humber Science Fiction & Fantasy group [External Link] will be having their third social [External Link], a night of readings and chat in the Hull Central Library;
15th April, 2017;
Hull, England

I’m one of three women who will be reading from their work. I will be reading from 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf and, if there’s a second reading, one of the short stories published here.

Wednesday 1st March, 2017

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!
(And Happy Saint David’s Day to those who insist on saying it in English.)

Rugby continues to be entertaining. Despite the fact that I cheer for Wales, I’m now hoping for a Scottish Triple Crown and an Irish Championship (it would be an amazing set of results).

On more writing focussed updates, I am now halfway through my current WIP first draft – which is only intended to be a 40,000 word novella, so that may not be the most impressive boast ever – and I have discovered that Amazon.com allows people to do giveaways of, well, almost anything. As a result, I’ve set up a giveaway of 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf in attempt to attract a few Americans to my work.

Giveaway: 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf – Amazon.com

To celebrate the completion of the trilogy in combination with the fact that I’ve only just realised the American Amazon site allows people to do giveaways, I’m running a giveaway of 5 paperback copies – on Amazon.com (direct link here: [External Link]). You can skip right over there and see the conditions on-site but I’ll include the conditions below, too.

First, please be aware that this is only open to people in the … Continue reading

Wednesday 15th February, 2017

The Future Fire [External Link] achieved their goal!

Rugby has been entertaining!

I have been writing!

Oh, and – as you may remember – I have a book out. And I forgot to mention I’ve been cleaning up my notes on how the fur-skins world works again last weekend, so here’s the latest Order of Play post.