Well, the first draft of my latest magnificent octopus is done. And, damn, was it a grueller. Enjoyable, don’t get me wrong, but a heck of a climb. It was, what? Nine months? A rather symbolic amount of time, that. To put it into comparison this latest draft (tentatively called The Dragonfly Girls) is roughly 92,000 […]Read more "Finishing The First Draft Of A Novel (And why they sometimes take forever)"
We all have a picture in our head when we hear or read the phrase ‘D&D session’ or ‘RPG night’. We visualise a clutch of bright and esoteric dice, a table, perhaps some bowls of snacks and, if we are a mean and under-informed victim to cliche, the pungent melange of several brands of Axe […]Read more "The Wonder Of One-On-One Roleplay (Not the kinky kind)"
Found this on my page at SFF Chronicles. Scanned it years ago and put it up there, lost the original painting along the way. Must date from 2008-ish. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I like to sketch/scribble my way into a novel. Helps find the mood. Check out SFF Chronicles. Great forum. And […]Read more "Old Watercolour"
The idea of writing a historical novel absolutely terrifies me. Hats off to anyone who does. I love history but the trouble is the people in history insist on leaving piles of written evidence around and, before you know it, you’re researching beeswax candle-making in late 17th century Cleethorpes just so you can write your […]Read more "Historical Novel? No Fear!"
As no doubt you ragged-yet-noble few who visit here regularly or follow me on Twitter will know, I have a night job I work at alone. Though not without its downsides (The scope for office flirtation is pretty much limited to winking at the drinks machine for instance) one perennial upside is the fact I […]Read more "The Beastie: My iPhone/Microsoft Foldable Keyboard set up."
“About time! I’ve been trying to make you read it these last twenty years!” So texted my pal Matt when I mentioned I’d started reading Red Army by Ralph Peters. It was he who’d sent me a copy. I’d mentioned I needed to engage with military (science) fiction in order to better handle my next […]Read more "Elegy For A War That Never Was: Red Army by Ralph Peters"