Monday 24th October, 2016

Things are very quiet at the moment. I’m doing my best to herd fairies (16,000 words and counting) and ignore the trap of evil games – made somewhat easier by the fact that the newly released Civ VI doesn’t apparently play on Linux. For productivity’s sake, let’s hope it stays that way. Although Civ V is still doing a good job of seducing me into “procrastination” for an old(er) game.

More news on Elkie 3 / Fool If You Think It’s Over as and when I have something worth admitting to. But, rest assured, things are going on behind the scenes! And don’t forget we already have cover blurb if you want to know what it’s about. Actually, while I think about it, maybe I should mention that I’ll be doing some blog posting and interviewing to publicise Book 3 when it’s nearer the (currently unknown) due date, so now would be a great tie to tell me if there was anything you ever wanted to know about Elkie and her world!

Monday 10th October, 2016

I almost didn’t get to this week’s post because I’m busy going through what I’ve written so far for my fairies idea. I’ve had to have a re-jig of point-of-view and I’m almost finished recasting the 10,000 words (ish) I’d already written.

Anyway, this week is an Elkie / Fool If You Think It’s Over week as it’s been officially accepted and I’ve been allowed to release (a version of) the cover blurb. In celebration, here’s a gentle hint as to how the book got its name:

And, yes, that is who Elkie’s named after, as I admitted here.

Fool If You Think It’s Over: Cover blurb

The recently accepted Fool has cover blurb:

As far as Elkie’s concerned, it’s all over and her happy ending is just around the corner. She’s on her way back to Wales having freed Ben from the clutches of the controlling Dr Olsen and ensured that Dave, her ex-everything, will never be in a position to kill again. She’s even managed to find herself a (somewhat unwilling) father figure in Conn, the one werewolf in … Continue reading

Monday 26th September, 2016

I’ve been home since around lunch time today and I’m just about starting to admit that FantasyCon by T’Sea is over. It was great to see people again (although I didn’t spend as much time catching up with people and attending panels as I should have done). There are, of course, people who blog more clearly than I ever could about these thing. Spotted so far:

And you can find the list of BFA winners here: [External Link]

Oh, and Finn has made it to 10, which is awesome for a staffie cross bullmastiff (not especially long-lived breeds) with cancer! I intend to update his page for next week but some photos of Rosie and Dora have already been put up.

Monday 19th September, 2016

In a continuation of my last update post: Dear reader, I passed [my ITIL foundation course].

If you follow me on Twitter (tweet here: [External Link]), you may also have realised I didn’t post last week because I was concentrating on writing. I’m only about 5,000 words in but it involves fairies. I’m not entirely sure how long the work will be but I do know it seems to flow better when I’m listening to 70s disco. I’m not sure what this says about my interpretation of fairies.

So, other than that, the only thing to mention is the BFS FantasyCon by t’Sea. It starts Thursday evening but I won’t be arriving until Saturday afternoon – Friday is actually Finn’s birthday and I’ve decided I deserve a day off to celebrate. Things I am committed to:

  • Paint it Black on Saturday at 8:00 pm, Palm Court Ballroom – The Grand Hotel
    Why is Horror so often incorporated into other genres? Chaired by Phil Sloman
    … And I’ll be on the panel.
  • The British Fantasy Awards Ceremony on Sunday at 3:30 pm, Royal Ballroom – The Royal Hotel
    Book-baby African Monsters (I’m co-editor along with Margrét Helgadóttir) is up for the Best Anthology award.
  • The Banquet
    Food was mentioned and I am not-so-secretly a hobbit, so there’s no way I could resist.

Monday 5th September, 2016

Welcome to September. It’s not so much that time flies past as it sneaks away behind me before I manage to get a grip on things. Last week, for work, I attended an ITIL Foundation course. That was an exceptionally good way of letting time sneak past me. A few times I think I might have spotted it but it’s all a bit of a blur.

That said, I have two new flash pieces for you that came out of the the “oh gods, I really ought to try creating something just so I can still prove I can do it” feeling that hit me every evening after “homework”. These are Insomnia and Once, Upon Reflection. I have to admit I’m not too certain of the latter one. It didn’t come out quite the way I expected and my POV character feels… not good. I’m so glad I didn’t have to spend more than 500 words with them.

The Fox Pocket party was two weeks ago, now, but it seemed to go very well – much fun was had by all – and it was quite nice to spend an evening somewhere else.

There are other bits and pieces in the pipeline but I’m not in a position to tell you anything concrete, so that’s it for this week!

Once, Upon Reflection (Flash)


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Once, I knew a girl who didn’t like mirrors.

She told me so, apologetically, when I brought her back to my room. I dragged the throw Mum had given me from under the single bed and covered the mirror that came with the room.

“It’s okay,” I said, trying to be reassuring. “Lots of people find their reflection disconcerting.”

She frowned at me. “It’s not that.”

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Insomnia (Flash)


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Laurie never did sleep well – and she always manages to disturb me when she’s restless. I’ve never been sure whether or not she does it on purpose. So tonight is a night like any other, then, with me dragged from the warm and comfortable bed by the creak of floorboards under her pacing feet.

I say nothing, not even wiping the early stages of sleep from … Continue reading