I did have a vague feeling that something was coming up! It's very nearly a year since the launch of The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, and Facebook very helpfully put a memory in front of me a couple of days ago...the moment when I cleared my throat and announced that I had a book coming … Continue reading An approaching bookiversary
The title pretty much sums up this blog post! The feeling of growing dread when, having put your NaNoWriMo draft away for a few months, the time comes to bring it out again and actually read the words you wrote last November. The words you hope to make a book from. Will it be a crappy … Continue reading I finally read my NaNoWriMo draft and it isn’t terrible!
This year I was invited to come to my kids' primary school on World Book Day and do a little talk about writing and how I get my ideas. My thoughts, in order, were: Great! I get to talk about writing! Ah. It's World Book Day. I need to dress up. Not that I have … Continue reading My World Book Day
I finished the first draft of In Sherlock's Shadow last night, at 9.50pm GMT. That should sound more celebratory, but my overall feeling was one of exhausted relief. It may have something to do with having written 4500 words in a day, packed one of the kids for a residential trip, and taken a 7-mile walk, but … Continue reading The end, again (only it isn’t)
OK, I invented FebuWriMore, but anyway... I'm not blogging as frequently, due to an increase of STUFF to do, so it was only when checking the last few posts today that I realised I hadn't actually written an end-of-January post. Maybe I did it in my head! The image at the top of the post … Continue reading JanuWriMo and FebuWriMore: a progress report
You heard me. Starting today, A Jar Of Thursday, my Sherlock Holmes-mystery-adventure-steampunk novella, is 99c/99p or equivalent in ebook for a few days. So if you've enjoyed any of my other stuff, maybe give it a try. It's got: Time travel! Gadgets! Mysterious shadowy figures! Science! ...and much more. Check it out here (the global link leads … Continue reading What happens on a Thursday? A Jar Of Thursday is half-price, that’s what!
Hello there! Good grief, it's been a long time since the last post. I can't believe we're over halfway through January already. Then again, that's what happens when you undertake to write 50,000 words in a month... Today's post is, basically, a quick progress report. I have two coldy kids on the sofa and a … Continue reading New year, new book…
2016 was quite a year. Stranger than fiction in many ways - I feel for dystopian fiction authors and satirists, since they must be wondering where they can go next. However, this particular blog post (the third of its kind, I'm surprised to see) is a review of my writing and other progress in 2016, and … Continue reading It’s that new year post again
First things first - Happy New Year! Here's to a great 2017 for all of us. 2016 was a nice year for me personally, but rubbish in terms of politics and also in losing so many cultural icons. So to celebrate the demise of 2016, my latest book and first full-length novel, A House Of Mirrors, is … Continue reading January sale! A House Of Mirrors Kindle Countdown Deal!
Hello, and Merry Christmas! Please forgive me for not posting in a while, but I've only just climbed my way out of a mountain of crumpled wrapping paper and cheese. You know how it is. Anyway, now that we're in that bit between Christmas and New Year, I'm observing the green shoots of goals and … Continue reading What’s the one piece of advice you’d give someone wanting to write?