Journal

Friday 10th May 2019

I find it hard to believe that two months have passed since my last journal entry. There is so much that has happened.

The Orison, Episode 2

I have finished a first-draft which describes an event in Gouta's quest to find a new home and family. It is currently 4,850 words long...

"Sabra on Mars" is now published

I am delighted to announce that my first published short story (a scifi "drabble" of only 560 words) appears in Nebula Tales Issue 3, available on Amazon ...

"Battle Hymn of the Asbahri" - a new scifi series

I have started a new episodic series - "The Battle Hymn of the Asbahri", which is a tale of Science Fiction, set in the technological and militarised world of Asbah ...

The anthology with no name (yet)

My Critiques Partner (PC Darkcliff, a published novelist of dark fantasy) has persuaded me to help him create an anthology of fantasy short stories, and I must say it has been a lot of fun getting the project off the ground ...

"Dragon Hunt" (working title), fantasy

This one-off story exists as a very rough first-draft of 5,400 words (400 too long). This is the piece I hope to submit for the as-yet-unnamed-anthology ...

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Thursday 14th March 2019

Today, I made the difficult and heartbreaking decision to kill one of my darlings. Following so soon after its conception, the murder will only require a single cut; it will be quick and painless (though not for me).

I am talking, of course, about ...

Friday 8th March 2019

February was a busy month, what with two shows to perform in and a holiday. How much writing did I do? None. Zero. Rien du tout. Nichts. Nada.

Am I writing now, in March? Yes ... in the word’s widest sense. I am enjoying an imaginative time working on the outline for The Orison.

I now know...

Wednesday 16th January 2019

Allow me to tell you a story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin…

I will always celebrate the anniversary of Wednesday 16th January 2019. An auspicious day for me.

Why?

Well, bear in mind I am a newbie writer who spent the whole of 2018 learning how to write a short story that was finally well-received by Beta Readers. A year previously, my first group of readers condemned my writing as 'unfit for human consumption' (my words, not theirs).

Keep that in mind while I tell you that early in the afternoon on said Wednesday, I saw a ...

Monday 31st December 2018

Looking back at 2018 and forward to 2019.

2018 was a tough year for me as a writer of fiction, which nevertheless ended on a high:

  1. I found in January that my writing was crap (with *all* the beginner’s mistakes).
  2. I felt depressed for the next three months; I gave up the dream of trying to be a writer.
  3. I discovered that I had friends who kept prodding me for progress in my writing, willing to take on the role of ...