Patreon launch!


Hi everyone,

It’s my birthday, which means it’s also launch day for my brand new Patreon page! Patreon is a platform that allows you to support creators in doing what they do best, by effectively giving them $1 (or more if you like!) now and then.

My Patreon currently works on a per-creation basis. I’ll be adding new free content at least once a month, at least for a while, and I hope to add about two pieces of paid content a month (until I can increase it to three; beyond that I’ll be switching to a pledge-per-month system so it doesn’t get silly for anyone). Everyone can see my free posts, but paid posts will be Patron exclusive.

Please go and check out the page – the free story is at least some indication of what you can expect from my writing – and tell your friends! I hope you’ll enjoy the content over there and, hopefully, renewed activity on this blog.

Thanks, and talk to you soon!


New release announced!


Hi, everyone!

Manifold Press have just made the official announcement of Call to Arms, an anthology set around World War II which will be coming out on the 1st of November this year. I’ve got two stories in it – and, for those of you who enjoyed my WWI contributions to A Pride of Poppies, there’s an opportunity to catch up with some familiar faces.


We’ve got seventeen stories from thirteen authors (lucky for us!) and if the quality of Manifold’s previous anthologies is any indication, it’ll be a real stunner. This time, all proceeds are going to the British Refugee Council, a very worthy charity. It’s available for pre-order now, so please do check it out!

Talk to you soon!

Austen fans!


Hi, everyone!

Sorry – I forgot to update yesterday but here is the promised post about A Certain Persuasion, the latest anthology I’ve contributed to for Manifold Press. It looks set to be a treat for lovers of Jane Austen, with reimaginings of her novels and modern-day accompaniments aplenty. Eleven authors have got involved, and anyone who enjoyed A Pride of Poppies will be glad to know that the very capable Julie Bozza was behind putting both anthologies together. I haven’t read the rest of the submissions yet, but I’m confident that there’ll be something for everyone.

Oh, and look at this cover!

A Certain Persuasion anthology cover

Copyright Manifold Press

Beautiful, right? Anyway, it’s out on the 1st of November, just like Submerge, so you can preorder it now if you like. Oh, and this one is available in paperback, too!

Talk to you soon!

Advancing on all fronts


Today I dabbled with a lot of different projects. It’s been that kind of day.

First, I finished what I’m going to call my “lightning pass” edit on BH1. The basic idea was to whizz through it and make some of the bigger changes now, even just in rough form, before the editing started to get more and more scary as I overthought it. The next stage will be leaving it for a bit, then going through it again like a normal edit pass to neaten it up and shine up the rough patch.

I also reached what might be the end of my story for A Certain Persuasion, although I’m not quite happy with the ending yet. That took me about 500 words.

And finally, I added another scene to Prince Richard’s Choice, and I’m hoping to spend a bit more time on that for a while to let the ACP piece sit. As predicted, the characters are now all but unrecognisable from The Perfect Garden, but I like these sort-of new people.

Total written today: 1233 words.
January total so far: 19744 words.
2016 total so far: 19744 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

Catching up!


Slowly but surely, I am gaining ground as I move towards my monthly target. Barring disaster, I hope to be able to write my desired 31000 words in January!

Today’s project was, once again, A Certain Persuasion. The new approach is working well, I think – the anthology’s editor might disagree, but we’ll have to see! – and I’m now at about 4500 words for the whole piece, which should be just about right for the amount of story I’ve got left.

Total written today: 1366 words.

January total so far: 12382 words.

2016 total so far: 12382 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

A weekend off…


I took the weekend off in the end (well, I wrote 4 words early on Saturday morning) but I’ve got quite a lot done today. All on A Certain Persuasion, though if I don’t do a truly stellar job in cutting the length down this particular story may have to go solo – it’s about halfway written and it’s already over the maximum word count. I blame this on the fact that I’ve been writing novels lately, but really it’s mostly a lack of discipline. We’ll see if it’s possible to sort out when I get to the end.

Total written today: 1903 words.

January total so far: 7997 words.

2016 total so far: 7997 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

A bit of a change


There are only so many days in a row you can spend with Mr Darcy before you start wanting to strangle him, however good your intentions – as, no doubt, one Miss Bennet would agree – and I’ve had a weird craving to write a fairytale lately so today I decided to have a bash at one of those and take a Darcy-break.

I found a prompt online (several, actually, prompting the beginnings of something of a collection) and set to work, but by the time I’d sketched out a rough plan and got a bit of character detail worked out, it was ten to midnight and I didn’t have much time left to write. Still, I got a few words in, and I plan to do more tomorrow.

Total written today: 67 words.

December total so far: 3312 words.

2015 total so far: 263410 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!