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!

Sunday 21st December, 2014

This week turned out to be surprisingly busy. There was quite a bit of bombing around for the day job but I’ve had two published announcements this week. Rather than type out all the link soup again, I’ll just give links to the two announcements here:

  1. European Monsters (Fox Spirit Books of Monsters #1), which I co-edited along with Margrét Helgadóttir [External Link] and which contains some fantastic stories and artwork. And I don’t just say that because I’m biased.
  2. Missing Monarchs (Fox Spirit Books’ Fox Pockets #4), an anthology with many lovely authors in.

And any sold before December 31st will count towards my Ink Plan total – I shall have to do a summing up for that in January to ensure numbers cover the time period properly. At this stage, it looks like I shall be handing a donation over to the NAS [External Link] but we didn’t approach Ink levels.

Anyway, here’s the last advent video. I give you a brass band (so we know it’s really Christmas. Well, Yule / Solstice / Midwinter) and my favourite carol (when played by brass bands).

(A reminder: I’m not Christian so my interest in Advent is purely secular.)

Finally, the usual reminder that if you want some free fiction, we have:

  • A Granted Wish, a novella, is up on the Fox Spirit [External Link] web-site under their Free Fiction page. There’s some background here with direct links to the right Fox Spirit page.
  • The first chapter of 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf available on the site. It has all the usual plug links at the bottom of the page so, if you like it, you can get your paws on your own copy.
  • You can find the archive of my freely available short stories here.

Sunday 14th December, 2014

Well, all I really have today is the next advent video. I give you the suitably gospel-sounding “A Star Is Born” from Disney’s Hercules. Squint a bit and you can pretend it’s about a messiah rather than a Greek hero…

(A reminder: I’m not Christian so my interest in Advent is purely secular.)

If you want some free fiction, don’t forget:

  • A Granted Wish, a novella length piece of mine, is up on the Fox Spirit [External Link] web-site under their Free Fiction page. There’s some background here with direct links to the right Fox Spirit page.
  • The first chapter of 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf available on the site. It has all the usual plug links at the bottom of the page so, if you like it, you can get your paws on your own copy.
  • You can find the archive of my freely available short stories here.

Sunday 7th December, 2014

I’m really not doing well at this weely update thing at the moment, am I? Since the last update, my short story, An Invisible Tide, has been picked up by The Future Fire [External Link]. I’ll let you know when the rehoming is complete ad the story is available to read.

Don’t forget that there’s free fiction available, too:

  • A Granted Wish, a novella length piece of mine, is up on the Fox Spirit website [External Link] under their Free Fiction page. There’s some background here with direct links to the right Fox Spirit page.
  • The first chapter of 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf available on the site. It has all the usual plug links at the bottom of the page so, if you like it, you can get your paws on your own copy.
  • I did manage to remember a Sunday Story, with the last of my on-site fiction being mentioned today. This week’s story was A Hero’s Quest (also known as Jen’s homework) but you can find the archive of my freely available short stories here.

And the offering co-editored by me, European Monsters, should be out soon. I’ll be boasting about it as soon as it’s available.

In other news, advent is here and here’s the video to prove it:

(A reminder: I’m not Christian so my interest in Advent is purely secular.)

Monday 23rd December, 2013

Late. Nothing to report. Let me distract you with Christmassy goodies, as it’s the day before Christmas Eve. For two more days, the TTA Press [External Link] Advent calendar of free online fiction continues and the individual posts can be found here: [External Link].

And I don’t believe it’s Christmas until I’ve heard a brass band (I had about 5 seconds of the Leeds Salvation Army this weekend), here’s the Hythe Salvation Army doing their thing:

As bonus (non-Christmassy) material for my late posting, here’s two more videos brought to you by Ylvis, the people responsible for “What Does The Fox Say” (so, this is kind of a tangential Fox Spirit Books [External Link] shout out):

Firstly, just in case you thought a remote cabin might be romantic this time of year…

And for those of you too street for remote cabins, here’s some factually correct RnB…

Sunday 15th December, 2013

Not much to tell you at the moment. I’m doing some writing and such in the background but nothing worth a progress report, so on to the Christmas stuff:

  • Another reminder that the TTA Press [External Link] Advent calendar of free online fiction continues and the individual posts can be found here: [External Link]
  • And here’s Leona Lewis / One more Sleep, slightly earlier in Advent than the title would suggest:

Monday 9th December, 2013

Yup, a slightly delayed weekly update. Only unusual in that I’m actually bothering to catch up instead of leaving it until next weekend. I have a good excuse, though. I spent the weekend in Oslo and decided to try being as telecom free as I could get away with.

Probably not all that surprisingly, it looks like I shall be attempting to add Norwegian to the other casualties on my language page. Does anyone have any recommendations for a website or android app? As you may have guessed from my use of SaySomethingIn [External Link] for Welsh and Duolingo for [External Link] French revision, I prefer something low cost or free that can be done in small chunks of time.

In Advent / Christmassy matters, the TTA Press [External Link] Advent calendar of free online fiction continues and the individual posts can be found here: [External Link] And for this weekend, I’ve decided to reuse the non-Christmassy Christmas hit from Freiheit, which I posted last year. Well, if nothing else, I still like the positive note:

Sunday 1st December, 2014

Welcome to Advent – for those of you who are Christmas inclined. I’ve not been up to much I can share this week, although the International Rapier Seminar for next year has been announced, so on with the Christmassy video!

(Christmassy in that it mentions the season, not that it’s celebrating the birth of Christ. My interests in this are purely secular.)

TTA Press [External Link] Also restart the Advent calendar of free online fiction and today’s piece is by William Meickle. Today’s link is here: [External Link]

Monday 24th December, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Apologies for the delay in posting but I went to Glasgow for the weekend and really couldn’t bring myself to write a bog post when I got back on Sunday evening. I maybe should have lined up something beforehand but thought a Christmas Eve post would be the most seasonal thing to do. In keeping with this, the penultimate day of the TTA Press Advent calendar is up (links can be found from here: [External Link] and the forum thread for discussion is here: [External Link]), and I’m cooking the things I’m supposed to take round for the family dinner tomorrow.

To prove that Christmas is essentially here, I have a brass band:

Extra brownie points / mince pies all round if you remember all the words!

A number of historical fencing events have gone up on my list of events. In date order:

There isn’t much else to talk about and I’ll update you on my Flattr-ing [External Link] experience next week.