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 slow day


The end of January has been a bit difficult for me, emotionally – good things have been happening but there’s also been a lot of stress.

That said, I have got a little bit of writing done today on Prince Richard’s Choice. I also spent an embarrassing and frustrating amount of time researching which university I wanted some characters to meet at, and which courses they would be studying. It was hard enough picking a uni for me!

Total written today: 246 words.
January total so far: 20017 words.
2016 total so far: 20017 words.

Talk to you soon!

A day off


Today I played about with a character creator a bit, then wrote 27 words of Prince Richard’s Choice and called it a night. I just need to recharge a bit.

Since I’ve been doing a fair bit of editing this month (and will be doing more over the coming days, I expect) I’m happy to reduce January’s target somewhat. I’ll be happy with 20k, though I’d like to manage a few more than that!

Total written today: 27 words.
January total so far: 19771 words.
2016 total so far: 19771 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

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!

Some progress…


Today I split my efforts between Prince Richard’s Choice and A Certain Persuasion, and I got a fair bit done.

Total written today: 1033 words.
January total so far: 17596 words.
2016 total so far: 17596 words.

Out tomorrow night so I don’t know how much I’ll get done or whether that will include a blog post, so…

Talk to you soon!

A change


They say a change is as good as a rest, and I tried that out today. Often when I’ve had a bad day in my non-writing life (I swear I have one), I find it hard to continue the project I’ve been working on until I’ve done something different for a bit.

Well, this has been a bit of a bad week, and though A Certain Persuasion has kept going pretty well through a few bad days, I could feel myself hitting the block with it yesterday and today. So tonight, quite late, I decided to start on a different project I was thinking about earlier today.

You may remember The Perfect Garden, a series I wrote the first book and a bit of about a year ago. I plan to revisit it at some point – it needs rewriting completely, I think – but I’m not sure if I’ll end up doing anything with it. It did become clear, however, as I started writing book two, that a couple of secondary characters had taken on a life of their own. And, having been a fanfiction writer for many years, it didn’t take me long to find an alternate universe that suited their story better. They’ll probably end up completely different to how they are in TPG, but I want to explore their story with the focus on them, this time.

My working title for this is Prince Richard’s Choice, though it may well become A King’s Ransom in due course. I wrote just over 700 words today, and I’ll probably switch between it and A Certain Persuasion for a bit as the mood takes me, until the latter is finished.

Total written today: 716 words.
January total so far: 16563 words.
2016 total so far: 16563 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!