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.

Sunday 10th May, 2015

Not a lot to mention this week. I attended the third York Social this weekend – but won’t be making it to the next Sheffield one at the end of June. I saw Big Game today, and that was actually, dare I say it, more fun than Age of Ultron. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Avengers stuff but Big Game was a nice 90 minutes (ish) of PG-13 action-adventure and the tone was exactly right for my entertainment needs this evening.

Of course, I need to mention my first post for The Finishing School (direct link to post here: [External Link]) went up on Wednesday. It’s about time that someone pointed out that martial arts don’t have to be the centre of your world to be enjoyable, and that it’s okay to have other interests, don’t you think? So, I did. I’m due to do another post for them soon, too, and hope to get it sorted for the first week in June, so expect me to bang on about The Finishing School in about three weeks!

Sunday 3rd May, 2015

First of all, a reminder about my #BADD2015 post: Is It Time To Retrain… As A Fish?. If you follow the #BADD2015 link [External Link]), you should also be able to find posts by a bunch of other people about disablism and disability. There’s plenty of interesting blogs linked in there!

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2015


This week seems to be a good time to do a recap of online presence, so I’ll now come out and admit to having presence on four more social media platforms, not all of which can be added to the list in the top corner or to the batch to the right. So the full list for hunting me down on general platforms looks like this:

  • I’m on the rather quiet Ello as Jo Thomas / Journeymouse [External Link]. I don’t post that much on Ello but I do put up annoncements of the site diary updates. Not much interacting going on as things stand.
  • I’m on Facebook quite a lot as Jo Thomas [External Link]. I’m unlikely to accept friend requests unless I’ve met you in person some time and have the brain power to recognise you. However, this doesn’t stop you following me or being able to respond to posts and such if you want to interact with me.
  • I’m on Google+ as Jo Thomas [External Link], although this is another one I don’t really do much on. I follow some people, +1 a few posts but rarely make comments or post anything of my own aside from the site diary posts.
  • I’m on Pinterest as Jo Thomas [External Link], although I don’t do a massive amount of pinning, you can find out about the things I covet and a few things that I own (I don’t generally admit to which is which on Pinterest, though).
  • I’m on Tsu as Jo Thomas / Journeymouse [External Link]. I’m new to this one, so haven’t really worked out how much attention I shall actually be paying – but please do say “hello”.
  • I’m on Twitter as Jo Thomas / Journeymouse [External Link] and I tweet fairly often. I’m not quite an every minute of the day tweeter but I can go through a few flurries of activity a day.

I’m also on three book / reading specific sites:

  • I’m on BookLikes as [External Link]. I try to post a quote from whatever I’ve been reading, writing, or editing (where it’s my work – I don’t have the right to do this for other people’s work) but this sometimes slips.
  • BookVibes [External Link] is done through my Twitter account, so I’m on as Jo Thomas / Journeymouse. There isn’t much interaction, as things stand.
  • I’m on Goodreads as Jo Thomas [External Link]. Questions are open if you feel a burning desire to ask me anything about being an author.

Final thing to mention is that my first post for The Finishing School [External Link] should be up on Wednesday, so expect me to be making some noise online about it during the week.

Blogging Against Disablism Day 2015: Is It Time To Retrain… As A Fish?

This post is part of Blogging Against Disablism Day 2015 (#BADD2015) [External Link]. If you liked this or want to see more posts on this subject, please follow the link!

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Sunday 26th April, 2015

This one’s a week of heads ups, again. Let’s start with the one I mentioned last week:

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2015


You may remember Blogging Against Disablism Day from previous years (#BADD2013, #BADD2014). It’ll be rolling around again (#BADD2015 [External Link]) on May 1st – which is never an auspicious day according to folklore and legend, but so far it hasn’t mattered! My post will go live shortly after midnight (and this is the link in advance). It’s automated because I can’t guarantee that I’ll have time to organise stuff before toddling off to work in the morning. Expect the tweets, Facebook & Google plus plugs to turn up after work (5pm BST).

If you follow the BADD link, you should also be able to find posts by a bunch of other people about disablism and disability. I will also be mentioning it again next weekend – after the fact – in order to make sure everyone gets a full round of attention. You can find my previous posts for #BADD2013 and #BADD2014 under my “Living Life” section along with (at the moment) a couple of other posts.

Next thing up is two lots of Fur-Skins related news, specifically, Elkie-based.

Firstly, 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf is the sponsor of Werewolf News, as of Monday 20th April. You can find Werewolf New’s post about it here: [External Link] They’re very pro werewolf but have kindly agreed to overlook that there’s a lycanthropic body count in my book!

Second piece of news is that the second Elkie book, A Pack Of Lies, is on course to be released at Edge Lit in July. My publisher, Fox Spirit Books [External Link], has a joint session with Boo Books [External Link] for launches and readings – so guess who will (probably) be reading at Edge Lit.

The next heads up is regarding another pet project of Adele Wearing, or Auntie Fox of Fox Spirit Books. She’s launched a great new blog / resource called The Finishing School [External Link] that is all about Martial Arts, written by various women in martial arts. I’ve been invited to write some blog posts on HEMA and, once I’ve actually sat down and written them, they should be appearing in the near future.

Finally, you may remember me announcing my short story An Invisible Tide being published in The Future Fire [External Link]. Well, TFF did a run of mini-interviews with contributors and you can find mine on Facebook, here: [External Link]. There’s also one with the illustrator here (also on Facebook): [External Link]. And don’t forget I have some more background posted here.

Sunday 19th April, 2015

Well, everything stalled this week. Not bad news, I hasten to add, just getting work related and house related stuff done, which meant there has been no reading and no writing.

The only thing worth mentioning is the heads up for Blogging Against Disablism Day (#BADD2014 [External Link]) on May 1st. Yes, it’s rolled around again and I’ve already signed up for it – not that I know quite what I’m going to write, yet. I have a couple of weeks to think on it, though.

If you follow the BADD link, you should also be able see who else has signed up to write blog posts about disablism and disability. If you sniff around a bit further on the Goldfish’s website (after following the link), you should be able to find some links to the previous years’ blog posts. I will also be mentioning it again next weekend – the weekend before – and the weekend after, in order to make sure everyone gets a full round of attention.

You can find my previous posts for #BADD2013 and #BADD2014 under my “Living Life” section along with (at the moment) a couple of other posts.

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2015


Sunday 12th April, 2015

Welp, here we are on the weekend after Dysprosium / EasterCon 2015. The short short version is it went very well. Fran Terminiello [External Link] and I even got name dropped by Adrian Tchaikovsky in his write up (see here: [External Link])

The slightly longer version. I drove down to Surrey to stay with Fran and her kids on Friday. Her husband, Pim, basically swapped places with me to attend a fencing thing in York over the same weekend. I came over to the convention on Saturday, wound up the kids on Sunday, then came back to the convention for swordy stuff on Monday. I drove back up to Yorkshire on Monday evening. I even had time to sell a few copies of European Monsters and 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf.

(Followed by an appointment at the hospital on Tuesday morning for unrelated dental stuff – I’ll be having my wisdom teeth out later in the year.)

Based on last weekend’s performance, I’m a little bit happier about attending the bigger cons and I’m looking forward to the Nine Worlds in August, although my swordy bit is not yet confirmed and I’ll be in need of a sidekick as Fran is going to FightCamp [External Link]. I’m already booked in to Satellite 5 (May next year) and eyeing up EasterCon 2016 (MancuniCon) and EasterCon 2017 (Pasgon in Cardiff).

And, on a not really related note, I’m now up to chapter 3 in the next book, working title A Fistful Of Feathers, to be known as Feathers in the tags. The core storyline is from the TVTropes story generator [External Link] but it’s already starting to look at my outline sideways and laugh. All I can say is, this one doesn’t involve werewolves. That I know of.

Sunday 29th March, 2015

As promised, I got around to writing up some background for An Invisible Tide (which is still up in the tenth anniversary issue of The Future Fire [External Link]; what do you mean you haven’t read it yet?)

Next week, I’ll be at Dysprosium / EasterCon with Fran Terminiello [External Link]. You can find the Dysprosium details here [External Link]. I won’t be there for the whole thing but I’ll be kicking around on the Saturday and actually presenting some stuff on HEMA for writers (with Fran) on Monday. See you there!

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.


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