3 Things + a bonus one

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Not one specific topic this week, more a summary of what’s been going on.

So first off, I’ve been busy converting two of my short stories into paperbacks. Both Storm View and Finsbury Park are now available as paperback and kindle books.

Originally I wasn’t planning on doing this, but given how easy it is to do with CreateSpace I figured why not, because it gives people the option then if they want it.

Plus, I like being able to see them on my bookshelf and insufferably pointing them out to people when they visit :). Read the rest of this entry »

Serials – Flash Fiction

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Bonus entry for this week because I had a burst of inspiration and smashed out some flash fiction. It’s a nice quick read, coming in at around 680 words.

I’ve titled it “Serials: A Love Story”. Why? Well, did your parents ever tell you not to pick up hitchhikers because they could be serial killers?

But as we all know, serial killers love to pick up hitchhikers.

With that in mind… click here to read “Serials: A Love Story” .

Enjoy!

 

Mind-boggling Enormous

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Why do people wish for immortality? I don’t know about others, but for me I blame science fiction.

Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and the list goes on. All of those are to blame. I’d love to see the universe and hope like hell it’s like something the crazy free-wheeling type of place we’ve imagined it to be.

I can sit and stare at a full moon and feel despair because we’re not even close to a regular Joe (or Morgan for that matter) being able to visit the closest thing to us, and even if we were the travel time would invariably be in weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

FTW

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So my plan as I mentioned in last week’s post didn’t happen. I swear I tried to work on “Sanctuary”, to get it to a point where it’s ready for beta reading but my other work kept calling to me.

On the plus side though it means I’ve finished the first draft of my Young Adult dystopian story so it’s now ready for first round editing. I’ve called it “FTW”, and it’s clocked in at a little over 25,100 words (so to date it’s the longest thing I’ve written) and I’m mostly happy with all of it.

I’m going to let it sit for a few days then I’ll be attacking it with the red pen. When I’ve finished my first draft, I like to print it out for editing. I’ve spent so much time looking at it on screen I become blind to many things, so moving it to paper helps find all those annoying little errors. It also allows me to add notes in the margins for anything that doesn’t make sense, or things I think need to be added or cut. Read the rest of this entry »

Distractions

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I’ve had a lot of distractions over the last week. My eldest broke her elbow during the week which hasn’t left me with much time for anything. As such, this week’s blog will be short and probably a bit of everything.

One thing I have managed during the week (because I started this a few weeks ago) is the paperback release of Have Shovel – Will Bury. The proof copy arrived in the mail during the week and now I’ve reviewed it I’ve made it live on Amazon. Yay! Read the rest of this entry »

Mimic Madness: A Finsbury Park Mini

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A new short story / flash fiction for you this week. I was having difficulty coming up with ideas for this weeks post until I remembered an idea I had had about giving Finsbury some mini-adventures from time to time. So with no other ideas coming along to fill the void I smashed this one out for your reading pleasure.

This is a follow on from my previously published short Finsbury Park, so if you haven’t read that you probably should so you know who the characters are. It’s cool, I’ll wait here until you’re back. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s in a name?

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This week’s blog is on pen names, pseudonyms, non de plumes, whatever you want to call them.

People have different reasons for using them, but my reason centred on the fact I always have to spell my surname whenever I give it to someone. So much so I don’t even bother saying it now at first. When people ask my name (say on the phone) I reply “I’ll spell it for you” and then pronounce it for them.

Anyway, I went through a few choices trying some from leftover / unused characters from my short stories but I didn’t feel they fit me.

So I tried anagram generators where you plug in your name and see what comes out. I got a few interesting results, and a few horrifically bad ones, but none that would serve as a name. Eventually I knew I was never getting one that way, so I looked into other methods. Read the rest of this entry »

Ghostbusters Reboot

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It seems I may be in the minority on this one. I’ve read how there’s a huge chunk of the internet hating on the reboot of Ghostbusters, but after watching the two trailers I’m kinda excited to see it.

I’ll be the first to admit the first trailer that dropped didn’t wow me that much. That said, I think they’ve done a better job with the second so much so my wife and I were ready to pack the kids off to their grandparents for the evening and head to the movies, but then found out it’s not on yet. Oh well, we’ll do that when it comes out.

Now, I’m a huge fan of the first one and to a slightly lesser degree the second (let’s face it, sequels in the 80’s tended towards the crappier end), so like most people who hold things like this from their childhoods close to their hearts I was a tiny bit affronted to learn someone was rebooting the franchise. Read the rest of this entry »

Hybristophilia

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I learnt today “Hybristophilia” is a sexual attraction to serial killers. I didn’t know there was a word for it, but apparently there is and that’s what it is.

If you haven’t yet read my most recently published work Have Shovel – Will Bury you may be wondering why I bring this up. If you have, then you know there’s a character in the story who is very fond of serial killers (hence the tagline: “Murder. Blackmail. True Love.“).

I didn’t know it at the time of writing the story but I’m happy to find out there’s a word for people like her. Read the rest of this entry »

Thwarted by a Two-year-old

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It’s hard to stay cranky at kids when they start counting along with you.

Like all parents my wife and I spend a lot of time teaching our kids to count and the alphabet etc., so when we’re giving them to the count of five to do something (or more often than not to stop doing something) it’s very off putting when you say “one….” and pause to let the count sink in, and they follow on with “two… three… four…”.

Damn it! Thwarted by a two-year-old!

I guess I shouldn’t complain, they have mastered counting to double digits after all.

So me being a clever daddy, like a ninja I reversed it and counted backwards from five. Read the rest of this entry »