Happy self-publiversary to me!

I only noticed this about half an hour ago (it's latish afternoon here in the UK), but today is my 30-month or 2.5-year self-publiversary! Yes, two and a half years ago I unleashed The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes on an unsuspecting world, and then, well, I just kept going. 30 months feels like a long time …

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Lightning in a bottle: trilogy draft complete

We've done it! Oh gosh, we've done it. That pretty much sums up how I feel. Paula Harmon is currently writing the last chapter of book 3 of our co-written Victorian mystery trilogy (edit: she's done it now), and I don't know whether to laugh or cry. We knew it was coming, of course. Ever …

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Avalanche – words complete!

Um, you remember that last post I wrote, about a week ago? The one where I said I was co-writing a book? WE'VE FINISHED THE DRAFT!!! Yes, I am rather excited. The Case of the Black Tulip(s) - still haven't decided how many tulips there will be - is a THING! Here are some stats: From start …

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When things snowball: my new project!

So, a while back I hinted that I was thinking of cheating on all the proofreading and editing I should be doing, and starting a new book instead. And because people are mischievous, they encouraged me. Let's face it, I was hoping they would. That's probably why I posted. And to be honest, I was …

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2018 here I come!

It's January 1. It's raining. Therefore it must be time for the New Year's Resolutions / life goals for 2018 post! Last year's goals: Market new and existing books and stories to maximise their return Walk/run 1000 miles Aim for work-life balance and spare capacity How did I do? Let's say it was a year of …

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#NaNoWriMo week 1-and-a-bit: In which I reschedule my schedule…

As you may have guessed from the somewhat haphazard title, this year's NaNoWriMo has been a bit of a scramble. This is what happens when you think you're all set and then some extra tutoring work comes along on the 1st of November... I struggled on with the schedule I'd set myself for a few …

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Winner winner chicken dinner: CampNaNo 2017

Phew! August 1 (how did that happen?) and I'm very pleased to report that Camp NaNoWriMo is done and the sequel to Murder At The Playgroup is in full draft! Here's the graph: My target was 50,000 words for the month, and in the end I wrote just over 53K to finish Murder In The Choir. The …

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It’s that new year post again

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 …

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Bits and pieces: a not-3-month writing review

Well, tsk. Despite being the sort of person who enjoys measuring and tracking things, I haven't done a writing-progress-update sort of post on here for a while. Not since February, I believe. I've hivered and hovered on what to blog about for a few days now, and having rejected various topics as 'not quite the …

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