Apologies

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Hi everyone,

Sorry for the radio silence – and I’m also sorry that I can’t promise it won’t happen again. Unfortunately, my life is going through a very hectic period, so I’ve barely had chance to write recently (though I did write 7000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo in April) and I have had no idea what to blog about.

Currently I’m working on short story submissions for Manifold Press’ two upcoming anthologies – No Holds Bard and Call to Arms – and continuing with A King’s Ransom. The latter is running long, the former is running short, and the one in the middle just really needs beta reading. Hopefully I’ll have some updates for you relatively soon, but I can make no promises!

Thanks for bearing with me, and hopefully I’ll talk to you soon!

A Busy Week… Not Writing.

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Hi everyone,

Well, I’ve written a bit of fanfic this week but I’ve been so busy, tired and – frankly – emotionally drained that I haven’t managed to get a lot else done. I did go and see the new Beauty and the Beast on Friday, so that was a nice day, but other than that I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather since my last blog post. Hopefully I’ll get back to work on my original projects in the coming week.

Talk to you soon!

A week of few words

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Hi everyone,

I’ve written relatively little this week – 3861 words, mostly fanfiction – but I’ve been working pretty hard on some world-building for A King’s Ransom and working out some projects I want to get back to. Was I running this blog yet when I started writing The Cold Light of Day? I think I was. I always meant to get back to it, and then life got in the way, but I’m bringing it back into my rotation of WIPs.

I’m also going to set about learning the tricks of self-publishing, partly because those will be useful transferable skills and partly because it might allow me to put out new releases more often. We’ll see how that goes.

Talk to you soon!

Discounted eBooks!

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Hi everyone,

Sorry, I’m late to put this on the blog, but here we go…

You can pick up Manifold Press eBooks at a fantastic 25% discount on Smashwords until the 11th of March – including Submerge. Head over and find yourself a bargain!

It’s part of Smashwords’ “Read an eBook week”, so there are loads of titles on offer. I definitely recommend checking out what Manifold have to offer!

Here’s a link to the books on sale. Don’t miss out!

Variable Word Count…

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Hi everyone!

I’ve been beavering away on A King’s Ransom but my word count has been pretty low this week. I’ve been throwing myself into some world-building, because A King’s Ransom takes place in a sort of alternative Britain (branching off from our own reality in the Stuart era) so I’ve been working out some of the differences. It also involves rather a lot of royalty and, indeed, some studies of history, so it’s important for me to work out, for example, the chain of monarchs leading down to my protagonist’s family. It probably wasn’t necessary to trace it all the way back to Queen Anne, complete with both a timeline and a family tree, but there we go. It’s nice to have it. It’s definitely not going to be necessary to add all the spouses in, but I’m probably going to do that anyway. Oh well…

I’ve actually written about 3012 words this week, which is more than I thought!

Does anyone else get a little carried away with their world-building and end up spending a lot of time on little details that aren’t massively crucial to the plot? Is that a good or a bad thing? What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know.

Talk to you next year!

Change of project

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Hi everyone,

Sorry I didn’t get around to posting again during the week – I’ve still been a bit under the weather. For several days, I didn’t write anything, which I’m a bit upset about, and on a few other days I just wrote some fanfiction for  a Les Miserables week on Tumblr. But the important thing is that I haven’t stopped writing completely!

Over the last week or so, I’ve switched focus from the sequel to Submerge – a series I think I finally need a bit of a break from  so I can recharge – to A King’s Ransom, which is still new and shiny and exciting!

Over the last two weeks, I’ve written 4814 words. Hopefully I’ll be back on form this week…

Talk to you soon!

A flying visit

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Hi everyone,

I’m not very well – I felt so grotty yesterday that, for the first time this year, I didn’t write a single thing all day – so I’ll be back to update this blog some time in the week. Sorry!

Talk to you very soon!