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!

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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!

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!

Just in time…

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Hi everyone,

I am really bad at this regular blogging thing. Apologies. This is just going to be a flying visit because it’s been a mad week and I am exhausted.

In the last week I have written 4899 words, for a total of 29331 this year. My Thursday project was A King’s Ransom, of which I think I have now written the whole prologue! Other than that, I’ve been working on Sprawl – I have now reached chapter 12 of an estimated 22, but might switch to a different primary project (either A King’s Ransom or Father Didn’t Dance, in all likelihood) for a little while soon. We’ll see how I feel when I come to write tomorrow!

Talk to you all soon!

Paperbacks + a change of plan!

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Hi everyone,

Well, I’m sure you’ve noticed that, once again, it is not Friday. I seem to be having trouble remembering to post on a Friday, so I’m going to move my weekly blog to Saturday in the hope that it will be easier to fit in. I apologise if it does jump around a bit, though – life can be a bit hectic at the moment, so I have to try to fit things in where I can.

On to word counts and projects! I have written 5282 words over the last week, most of them on Sprawl, my hopeful Submerge sequel, which I’m about halfway through. On Thursday, I took a break to work on An Englishman’s Home. I wrote a total of 22036 words in January, which is about half of what I’d usually write in a NaNoWriMo month and probably a lot more than I would have written without my 500 word goal. So far this year, I’ve written nearly 24 thousand words (not including the odd bit of fanfiction)!

I’ve also finally finished proofreading the paperback edition of Submerge, which is very exciting. I know several people wanted to read the book but prefer tangible books to the e-versions, so with a lot of help from Manifold Press, I have now got it sorted out. I’ll be releasing the book for sale on the 7th of February, so watch this space for a one-off blog post then!

Talk to you soon!

Oops

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Hi everyone,

Well, I’m backdating this by about an hour because I completely forgot to update today. So much for that resolution! Still, next week I’ll try to remember.

This week I have once again been working on a redraft of Sprawl (working title), which I hope will shape up into a passable sequel to Submerge. I had planned to take Thursday to work on my submission for the Call to Arms anthology being put together by Manifold Press, but I got well and truly stuck. So I started writing a new project I’d begun work on before my old laptop died, and never got back to. It’s called A King’s Ransom (working title), it’s built on the remains of The Perfect Garden (whether that will ever see the light of day, I don’t know) and I’m quite excited about it.

I’ve written at least 500 words each day, and I’ve written 10170 words this year so far. I hope I can keep this up!

I’ve also been waiting, somewhat impatiently, for a proof of the Submerge paperback to arrive. I love having a paperback copy of my work to keep on a shelf, and I’m hoping that a paperback edition will also be easier for some of its target audience to access. I will, of course, let you know when that arrives.

Talk to you next week!

A quick update

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Hi everyone,

Well, Christmas is almost upon us and the accompanying chaos ensues, as usual. I’ve managed to get a little writing done, though, on a variety of projects – among them Father Didn’t Dance, an expansion of one of my stories from A Certain Persuasion. I’ve had such a block on it for months, but it’s finally starting to come together again! I’m also still working on the second Bowler Hat story (a sequel to Submerge), a story for Call to Arms, a script in the style required for radio, and my NaNo… Lately I have a very short attention span, so I’m throwing myself between those projects and making a little progress on each every day.

Well, almost every day. Today I wrote this blog post, and not much else, because it’s been a mad one.

It’s almost Christmas, so if I don’t get to talk to you before then I hope you have a lovely holiday (whichever you may be celebrating – for me it’s Yule). What will you be reading over the holidays? Let me know in the comments below.

Talk to you soon!