Wednesday 5th July, 2017

I have been somewhat remiss in that I haven’t mentioned Edge Lit 6 and it’s coming up not this weekend coming but the weekend after. I shall be there (as member of the public and of the Fox Spirit [External Link] Skulk) and I’ve finally put up a link page for it.

Also coming up, and with a link page for significantly longer, I’ll be attending ChapterCon 2017 in Teddington (apparently that’s London) the last weekend in August. I also have some free reader tickets for that, so there’s a giveaway for those. I had originally posted that the giveaway would be for the whole of July but that’s a long time, so let’s make that until a fortnight today, eh? (Wednesday 19th July)

And, final update, option number one on last week’s list of projects won. Which I guess is why it came out number one on the list, although I didn’t actually think about it at the time. I am now about 4,000 words into a project that I have no idea how long it will turn out to be due to the weirdness of trying to capture a social media feed and make it sensible! As the working title is “Aurora”, I’ve now added that to the tags as it may come up a lot in the next few months to a year.

Sunday 12th July, 2015

So, Edge Lit #4 was attended, and I managed to make it through a reading of A Pack of Lies without anyone seriously objecting to my stumbling delivery, my lack of North Walian or Norwegian accent (where appropriate), or the stench of fear I no doubt carried around with me. It was a lot of fun meeting up with everyone again and my thanks to Alex Davis and hs team for organising it.

In other news for this week, I’ve had a rather lovely review of 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf from E P Beaumont – someone who lives in a different country, on a different continent, who I barely know on Twitter, and who I did not put up to it. Beaumont read and reviewed my book alongside that of Skulk-mate Joyce Chng / J Damask’s Heart of Fire, which has a different sort of werewolf. The review post, which draws some interesting conclusions, is called Love in the Time of Starships: One Ordinary Day, with Werewolves [External Link]

If you want a feel for what 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf and A Pack of Lies are like I have the opening prologue and first chapter of 25 Ways on this site (which Beaumont links back to).

That’s everything aside from mentioning this week’s updates at the Otherworld Gazetteer [External Link], which were about Unatural Resources and the Ranger service (it may make more sense if you link through). I know world building information isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but is my fake wiki working out or do you have any comments, changes or requests?

Sunday 5th July, 2015

This week is a week of reminders:

A Pack of Lies has been released into the wild. That link will take you through to my usual link soup but there’s a Goodreads page if you click on the small cover image to the right of the screen that will (eventually) take you to your local version of Amazon in order to buy it. If you so wish.

If you want a feel for what A Pack of Lies and its predecessor, 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf, are like I have the opening prologue and first chapter of 25 Ways on this site.

I’m also at Edge Lit, where there will be a Fox Spirit / Boo Books launch during the lunch time slot. If things go according to plan, I shall be reading from A Pack of Lies and copies of both books should be available (from the publisher) at the event – so please do come along and listen.

Having past another first Wednesday of the month, I have a new post up at The Finishing School. This month, I’m talking about the assumption that anyone who carries on a martial art, particularly HEMA, long enough will become a teacher or instructor of said art – and whether this is an unavoidable fate. You can find the post here: [External Link]

Finally, this week’s updates at the Otherworld Gazetteer [External Link] were about second sight and The Great Explorer, both mentioned in the original Hunting Unicorns story.

Sunday 28th June, 2015

Following last week’s cover reveal for A Pack of Lies ([External Link]), the book in question has just been released by Amazon. You can find my usual link soup here for the paperback version on as well as a link for the Goodreads and BookLikes pages. When it becomes available as an ebook, I’ll update links accordingly.

As said before (and I will keep saying it despite, as Jacey Bedford [External Link] puts it, committing trilogy) it’s written to be accessible on its own. However, it does follow on in time and in characters from 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf. So if you want the full experience, you can find the opening prologue and first chapter on this site.

I should be doing a reading from A Pack Of Lies during the Fox Spirit / Boo Books launch at Edge Lit during the lunch time slot, so come along and listen if you think you might want to give it a try.

This week’s updates at the Otherworld Gazetteer [External Link] were unicorns and spirit forms – concepts important to the Hunting Unicorns story…

Sunday 21st June, 2015

Happy Birthday to my big sis, Sam, and Happy Father’s Day to anyone that does a father’s job.

Not a lot going on this week. However, there’s been a cover reveal for A Pack of Lies, which will hopefully be out in time for Edge Lit (three weeks to go), on the Fox Spirit blog. The blog page is here: [External Link] but I’ve also got a copy, so:

Covers of 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf and A Pack Of Lies

The Elkie Bernstein series so far!

The bumpf on the back reads:

Ben is being held at the Institute in Norway and Elkie is angry, afraid and not entirely sure whether she is a prisoner or a guest. Her life is under threat both at the Institute and back home. Are werewolves capable of rehabilitation or redemption? What does the threatening Dr Olsen really want from Elkie and those she feels responsible for?

Can she trust anyone any more?

Killing werewolves may actually have been simpler that what she must now do.

Although it’s written to be accessible on its own, if you feel that sounded to complicated, you can always try 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf first. And, look! I have the opening prologue and first chapter on the site.

I should, if all things go according to plan, be doing a reading from A Pack Of Lies during the Fox Spirit / Boo Books launch at Edge Lit during the lunch time slot, so come along and listen if you think you might want to give it a try.

Oh, and the hopefully-to-become-usual Tuesday and Thursday updates have continued at the Otherworld Gazetteer [External Link] – basically a slice of alternative history and geography!

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 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!

Edge Lit #4 (done)

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 20th July, 2014

I posted the second of the 25 Ways to Kill A Werewolf background posts, this time “On Genre” with a snippet of information about how the book’s genre could be defined.

Mousie’s A-Z guide to Thurnscoe, part of the A to Z Blog Tour, has finished. Last week’s posts are:

Some of the others in the A-Z blogging challenge are still going and you can find out more on Chris Galvin’s blog here: [External Link].

And Mousie had another outing this week – we (me, Ole and Mousie) went down to Edge Lit 3 and we have three postcards from Little Miss Mouse:

I presented a talk on swords for fantasy writers (well, sidekicked for Fran Terminiello [External Link]) and did some wandering around pretending to be a Fox Spirit [External Link] representative – which means handing out badges and postcards to unsuspecting attendees.

I’ve also done some (re-)thinking about the way I do events in general and on site. Next year, I need to put some serious thought into attending more, money allowing. Budget has been the main problem this year but I enjoy having a day out – before being surrounded gets too much for me. More news as I sort things out.

And finally, last week’s Sunday Story was The Boy and His Dog – and this week’s is Once A Month.