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 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…

Sunday 18th January, 2015

Right, I missed a week. Basically because real life got in the way. Nothing major (I can’t even remember what I got up to) but I didn’t get around to writing an update.

So that means I didn’t get around to announcing / reminding people about:

So, see you on Saturday in Sheffield or see you here on Sunday!

The Lost Kingdom: Story Background

I have a confession to make: The Lost Kingdom was inspired by the call for submissions for an anthology other than the one it actually ended up in. here’s a litte bit more about that.

Publishing Details

The Lost Kindom is one fo the short stories in Missing Monarchs (Fox Pockets #4) from Fox Spirit Books [External Link], which came out in December 2014. So far, its available on Amazon as a Kindle … Continue reading

Sunday 4th January, 2015

Welcome to 2015. Only another 2 to 6 months of me writing the date wrong to go!

Not much to report, seeing as the holiday period generally means things are slow but here’s a couple of things for you:

  1. The Ink Plan closed at the end of 2014. Well, officially. It’s resulted in a £20 donation to NAS [External Link] and, if nothing else, is a good excuse to donate a small some every year, so I shall be counting up again next year.
  2. Fran Terminiello [External Link] and I did quite well at Alt.Fiction 2014 with our HEMA for Writers presentation so we’re planning on doing it again – and not just at Alt.Fiction. Although our part in it hasn’t been confirmed, we’re both now members for this year’s EasterCon, which will be Dysprosium, and this has gone up under my events posts. This time, we’re focussing on a couple of eras / styles of fencing.

    (We shall probably be at Alt.Fiction, although tickets have not yet been bought and our time slot is not confirmed. We’re also aiming for another couple of SFF cons in the year, so fingers crossed.)