Wednesday 1st February, 2017

Today’s update is basically an Elkie run down but, before we get into that, just to let you know that the current Greenwood WIP continues to crawl along – well, aside from this week’s crawl was 4,000 words so that’s practically a sprint by my standards.

Anyway. Here’s your Elkie round-up.

Fool If You Think It’s Over is officially published and has been available as a paperback from Amazon since Sunday. We’re still waiting for the Kindle version but it’s usually a week or so after the paperback.

If you would like to know what this Elkie thing I keep mentioning is all about, I have an outline of the Fur-Skins world. However, the basic run-down is that Fool If You Think It’s Over is the third in a trilogy / series of three books about a young girl growing up in rural Wales fighting werewolves and doing her best to escape toxic relationships. You can see the covers, along with blurbs and some basic links for the whole series here.

There is some more in-depth background material released with the first book, 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf, along with the opening prologue and chapter, so here are their links:

For those of you who’ve read the books, you may like this short story, Second Date, which features a significantly younger Conn.

And, to finish off, if you have any question’s about Elkie’s world, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer in a way that makes sense to someone other than me!

Published: Fool If You Think It’s Over

Fox Spirit Books [External Link] published Fool If You Think It’s Over (in paperback) on Sunday 29th January, 2017. You can buy copies from Amazon.co.uk here: [External Link] (Or your local version, just look the title up – if you have no objections to Amazon)

When the Kindle format is available, I’ll but a link to Amazon.co.uk here (Other Amazon sites are available…)

Goodreads page here: [External Link]

Booklikes page here: [External Link]

Novel, horror / dark fantasy (in the Fur-Skins world)

Wednesday 25th January, 2017

Sorry for the silence, at least on the web-site.

However, you’ll be happy to know I’ve been attempting to get my writing groove back. I had to abandon my fairies for their lack of good behaviour in mid-December last year. I managed to get about 22,000 words out of them before they went on strike, so I may come back to them when they’re feeling a bit more talkative.

My current (1st draft) WIP is thematically if not actually linked to the “long” work before the fairies that I mentioned as Greenwood in the tags and The Knight’s Daughter as a working title. The current working title is The Wolf of Ravensholme and I’ve broken 10,000 words today – which means I’m still limping along at about 1,500-2,000 words a week but any progress is progress. And more greenwood-themed story ideas have been noted so, if they’re the stories that get the words flowing, expect to see many more greenwood tags over the next year or so as I grawl through them.

That said, there will always be room for my Fur-Skins and Elkie Bernstein, particularly as Elkie’s third outing (Foll If You Think It’s Over) should be landing this weekend at Amazon. I’ll be putting out my published announcement as soon as she’s spotted but, to tide you over, here’s a reminder of the whole trilogy: The Collected Covers (with blurbs and links).

Wednesday 4th January, 2017

Welcome to 2017. How are we liking it so far?

As last week was my “end of year” post, Mousie’s carolling with her mouse choir went unmentioned but you can still catch up with her best wishes before Twelfth Night (if you’re reading this before 6th January). I think Mousie might make another A-Z this year (you can see her Thurnscoe entries here) but we will have to invest in a book or two about the local area so we can plot her sight-seeing hike.

Also unmentioned last week was the first review of the third Elkie Bernstein book, Fool If You Think It’s Over, from Kate Coe (here: [External Link]). We’ve also recently put up a Goodreads page [External Link] in advance of publishing and it looks like the book itself lands in mid-January. This basically means things should be coming out somewhen around my next weekly update or the one after.

Wednesday 28th December, 2016

It’s here again, the end of the year post. I hope those who celebrate had a good Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year for Saturday night / Sunday morning. And, of course, Happy Hanukkah as I believe that continues until Monday.

What I Learnt About Writing in 2016

Well, time again for that annual tradition that was first inspired by Foxie [External Link]. Here’s my stats for this year with last year for comparison:

  • Submissions = 0 (6, 2015)
  • Total pieces in circulation = 8 (6, 2015)
  • New pieces in circulation = 2 (1, 2015)
  • Rewrites = 1 (0, 2015)
  • Acceptances = 1 (3, 2015)
  • Published = 3 (4, 2015)

NOTE: These numbers are a combination of Duotrope figures and some notes for submissions to non-listed destinations but do not include stories written for the website or published here. Attempts to rehome stories published here and elsewhere have been included.

I think in wordage terms, I’ve been as productive as last year. However, I haven’t been working (so much) on short stories so things are staying in the “working on” queue a little longer and there’s no sign of submissions. Elkie hasn’t quite made the published numbers this year as her third outing, Fool If You Think It’s Over, is due out in January – although she was accepted in 2016. I never included European Monsters or African Monsters in my figures and I had to step down from co-editing duties this year for Asian Monsters (and the remaining works in the series). My excellent partner in crime, Margrét Helgadóttir [External Link], has picked up the slack marvellously.

I’m in a much more regular job this year but I find it a very mentally absorbing in an enjoyable way. When combined with a number of issues (I still have a house 70-odd miles away and the hormonal influence of my implant finally became too much to bear), it means I’ve been spending more spare time soaking in books and movies rather than creating new work.

Writer, Editor, General Dogsbody

So, here are the plans are for the immediate future of my writing and editing career:

The work I long work I started first draft of in 2015, A Fistful Of Feathers, is now looking for a new home. Actually, it’s currently being used to help me find an agent who may then find it a new home. More news when I have something to share.

ASIDE: This is not because of any issues between myself and Fox Spirit Books [External Link], and there may be further Fur-Skins related news from them for 2017 or 2018 but it’s a small press and the lovely Auntie Fox (Adele Wearing) is a very busy lady.

My main work from 2016 was an attempt to craft a folk-tale that mimicked (but wasn’t identical to) existing stories. Redraft should begin fairly soon and I’ve apparently enjoyed it enough that the first draft I recently started is another one. I have a suspicion that I’ll end up writing – or starting – several before I get this out of my system.

The adventures continue.

The Ink Plan

I’ll be looking at my book numbers soon and making a donation to the NAS [External Link]. “Soon” probably translates as end of January / beginning of February.

What I Learnt About The Rest of Life

Dora continues to be the source of adventure. She’s attempting to take over the role of Grand Dame. However, this can lead to fights with the somewhat more youthful Rosie to the effect of “You’re not my real mother and you can’t tell me what to do!” These occasionally get physical. In fact, I shall be dosing them both up with anti-inflamatories tonight so they don’t get stiff from today’s exertions (brought on by a young girl paying attention to ROsie, not Dora).

Oh, and Lancashire isn’t that bad, after all. I’ve recently found a tai-chi club and I’m fencing most weekends!

Wednesday 14th December, 2016

Exciting stuff first: Elkie 3, Fool If You Think It’s Over, has gone for formatting. Book cover and cover blurb here. If there’s anything you want to know about Elkie’s world, please ask!

Slightly less exciting stuff: there’s a new flash fiction story called The Secret Ingredient on the site. I wrote this as a minor celebration for achieving 666 followers on Twitter. The vagaries of Twitter being what they are, I promptly lost a follower or two. I don’t believe this is a reflection on my writing ability.

And that’s your lot. I’m back to procrastinating and watching lame Christmas themed romantic comedies on tv!

Which reminds me. I appear to have messed up my usual Advent video thing by not posting as often as I should do. The best I can do is offer you my current ear-worm. Enjoy!

The Secret Ingredient (Flash)

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Rob inherited his family’s failing dairy farm sometime in our university drunken haze years. He was one of those that fell by the wayside in our quest for meaningful adulthood in the city – any city. Lilla grew up to be a journalist. She’d fallen into working at some barely existent magazine while trying to get her dream job in publishing. She didn’t get the dream job … Continue reading

Wednesday 30th November, 2016

Despite almost complete silence on here for a month, I ain’t’nt dead, yet. I’ve just been forgetful about updates and easily distracted. Which is not to say that the current fairy-related WIP is going especially well (it’s very slow going) as I’ve mainly been procrastinating with the help of a number of games.

However, we have (drum-roll please) a book cover for Elkie 3, Fool if You Think It’s Over, and I need to work out some related blog-posts. And possibly some kind of blog tour (anyone want to host?) or something. So please let me know if there’s anything you want adding to the list of Elkie Bernstein or Fur-Skins materials on site!