Most people know the old joke about kids, how you can buy them the best toy or one they’ve been after forever and most of the time they’ll get as much enjoyment, if not more, from playing with the empty box. Same thing goes for found things, apparently.
I’m writing this because today I was reminded of something that happened just a few days after last Christmas. I had just picked up my youngest from her cot and she cried out for her rabbit, a cute little beige plush bunny she found a few days earlier at the park. I’m told it had been there for over a week or more, from what my parents saw who were leaving it in case someone came back for it.
My daughter found it though and has since become very attached to it. Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday I found a short story – Nemesis Rising – which I first started writing back in 2012 hidden away in my “Writing” folder. I dusted off the Word document and gave it a once-over and found it in good shape. It only needed a few tweaks and re-writes here and there to finish it off.
So now that’s done, it’ll become part of my collection of published Novellas and Short Stories. Read the rest of this entry »
While looking for something to do while I waited for my beta reader to give me their thoughts on my upcoming short (Finsbury Park) I decided to take a look at my next Biggy Piggy adventure called “Biggy Piggy Balloon Rescue!“.
As it turns out I’d forgotten how much I had done, so excited at the prospect of being so close to the finish line I got straight back into it and finished it off. I tweaked the story line a little and some of the graphics, and it’s now uploaded to CreateSpace and I’m waiting on the “proof” copy to arrive.
So while all that has been happening I’ve been busily making the eBook version of “Biggy Piggy Balloon Rescue!” to go along with it. Like the first Biggy Piggy, this new one will also be available for free through the MatchBook program if you purchase the paperback copy. Read the rest of this entry »
Alone she lay underwater.
Bubbles rose to the surface.
Cold water engulfed her.
Death would arrive soon.
Every moment of life flashing by.
Fish startling as she thrashed.
Gone was hope of survival.
Holding her belly.
Infant inside she would never know.
Justice she hoped would come.
Killers deserve it more than most.
Lovers who lie maybe more so.
Murdering those they once loved.
No more after this would she suffer.
One last thing, couldn’t hurt to try.
Pray hard for a miracle.
Quiet, no response came.
Rope tethered to an anchor.
Secured round her waist.
Thrown away like garbage.
Underwater she would stay.
Very close was the end now.
Wished her friends well.
X’s and O’s to them all.
Years would pass without her.
Zero life she had left.
This is a short exchange between a Djinni and a character named Tonic. I’ve been kicking around an idea for a short story involving a Djinni for a while now but have been trouble developing the overall story arc. So while I let it percolate away in my subconscious, here’s a little bit of fun which doubles as a bonus blog entry for this week.
Djinn and Tonic
“Don’t you ever get bored?” Tonic asked the Djinni.
“Sometimes, I guess,” the Djinni mused. “I can become a bit of an asshole when I’m bored. I’ll start interpreting wishes literally.”
“Like how?” Read the rest of this entry »
As I mentioned in last week’s post I have finished the drafts of 2 WIPs I have been working on. I’ve now finished my edits of the first one – Finsbury Park – and on Sunday I dropped it off to my beta reader to take a look at. The editing process for this one took quite a bit of time. Apart from fixing the usual (typos, grammatical nonsense, etc) I changed the tense of the entire story.
I’ve always found I like writing in present tense, but after a lot of research I found I’m in the minority. Most people (it seems) dislike stories written in the present tense as it’s harder to suspend disbelief. Stories in the past tense paradoxically feel more immediate and real.
So when I figured I was going to have a hard enough time getting people to read my work anyway (given there are millions of indie authors doing the same), I caved to the pressures of society and changed it into past tense. In then end I’m glad I did as it improved it immensely. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve just had quite the productive past few days. I’ve been making a concerted effort to finish the first drafts of the two works in progress (WIPs) I’ve been working now for a few months.
Sorry John, just 2 WIPs.
Now they’re complete I need to start the fun task of going back over them looking for any plot holes or anything that doesn’t make sense, plus making sure it’s all grammatically correct.
After that I’ll need to get a copy to my recently appointed beta reader, and she can start tearing them apart! Read the rest of this entry »
For the next 7 days (until the 27th of March) the Kindle edition of Biggy Piggy is on sale at Amazon.com as part of a Kindle Countdown Promotion. During this time you can pick up Biggy Piggy for just $0.99 (normally $2.99). That’s a saving of about 67%.
Starting tomorrow it’ll be on sale at Amazon.co.uk for £0.99, which works out to be around 52% saving.
You can also get it for absolutely nothing when you buy the Paperback version thanks to Amazon’s MatchBook program!
Thought I’d post a bonus quick blog this week because I’ve received a fantastic first review of Storm View. All disclaimers in place, it was from my sister. But she’s not one to pull punches, so I don’t expect favourable reviews just because we’re related. If she thinks it’s shit she’d tell me in so many words.
So forgoing the pomp and ceremony here is the first review ever posted about Storm View! Read the rest of this entry »
A few days ago I received the proof copy of my first picture book – Biggy Piggy – in the mail. Its arrival, though expected, was still quite a surprise. When I placed the order CreateSpace said it’d take around six weeks to arrive. It landed on my doorstep after a little less than two weeks.
I must admit it’s quite exciting to hold a properly printed and bound copy and be able to read it to my daughters. Naturally, I immediately photographed myself with it for posterity and texted it to my family.
After making a few very minor tweaks to the layout, I clicked the “Publish” button and sat back fully pleased with myself. Read the rest of this entry »