Worrying About Word Count

Worrying About Word Count

Rise of the Reaper was a big book. When I decided to put it into the YA fantasy category it suddenly seemed even bigger. If you look up the average word count for YA it’s sure as hell not 117,000-odd words. It can often be half that. But who cares, right? When it comes to […]

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Darkwalkers: Diary 1

Darkwalkers: Diary 1

Oops! I found this tucked away and had completely forgotten to edit and post it! Bear in mind that the book is now finished, edited and off to the copy-editor. Since it had some info on Darkwalkers, however, I’m putting it up anyway! Well, I probably should have started this sooner, given that I’m something […]

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Are Characters Wish Fulfillment?

Are Characters Wish Fulfillment?

There is an old general rule in writing that it isn’t such a good idea to put yourself in your books (or anyone else you know, for that matter), which is fair enough. On the face of it, it seems unnecessary, even self-indulgent, and runs the risk of kicking the fourth wall in the face […]

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Let It Go – Stop Tinkering

Let It Go – Stop Tinkering

There is always a risk, as a creative person, that you’ll fall victim to one of the worst hindrances outside procrastination, and that’s tinkering. Like a fussy aunt trying to endlessly straighten a picture on the wall, there is an almost-overwhelming temptation to tweak, twiddle, and tease the words that we have spent so long […]

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Fuck the Dark Time

Fuck the Dark Time

I need to put the blue mood and anxiety behind me and press on with Darkwalkers. I need to not be sad or down, or meh. Darkwalkers is a good book and will be a great book once I have re-written it. It’s going to kick arse, so I shouldn’t dread it. And I need […]

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Dark Time

Dark Time

I wasn’t sure about publishing this. I tend to self-censor massively when I post things about being down or less than positive. Just like how I go back through old diaries and either pull pages out, or throw everything away. It’s terrible. A really bad habit. That side is a very big part of me […]

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Darkwalkers – A Late Start

Darkwalkers – A Late Start

Starting a new book is always hard, but starting a book that is part of a series is harder. It shouldn’t be as hard, however, because I have already written book two in the Broken Lands series. Darkwalkers was finished years ago. I thought it was done. I was wrong. After I re-wrote Rise of […]

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Aquattrox!

Aquattrox!

Now that the book has been out there for a while, I should probably start to gather the myriad of information and extra stuff that I have written on Aquattrox, the violent aquatic sport from my books, and do something with it. I have plans for a wad of extras to encourage mailing list signups, […]

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Rise of the Reaper Launch!

Rise of the Reaper Launch!

It has certainly been a long time coming, with more than a few delays, but Rise of the Reaper – the first book in my YA fantasy series – is now available from most online retailers. Details HERE

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Design Reveal: The Rusty Cup

Design Reveal: The Rusty Cup

I spent a great deal of time – probably too much – when I first started working on Rise of the Reaper, many years ago, playing around with world building. It is the fun part, after all. Coming up with cities, ports, people, currency, customs, myths, and so on. It’s one thing, however, to have […]

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