Variable Word Count…


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!


Chaos reigns


Hi, everyone!

Well, it seems like everyone in the family is either ill to varying degrees, or stressed out because the others are ill to varying degrees. So I’m afraid I have done no writing in an embarrassingly long time.

I have, however, started thinking about NaNoWriMo, which is speeding towards us again. I’ve been so preoccupied with other things that are happening in November – not least Queer Company 2, which I’m super excited to go to – that I hadn’t really given it much thought. Now, however, I am mid-research into a sort of vague idea I’ve been mulling over, and to be honest I think it might be worth taking a break from Bowler Hat rewrites for a little while anyway. Between the first and second books of the series, I’ve been working on it solidly for about… oh, goodness, it must be about 6-8 months straight, with a break or two to work on A Certain Persuasion (coming soon!) so I think I’m due a break to refresh my mind and think about new characters I don’t know so well. You know when you go on holiday – say camping – with a bunch of people and you’re there for about three weeks and you’ve been cooped up with the same people for way too long and you just can’t be around them any more? That’s how I’m starting to feel about Addie, Gina, Jamie and Miles – so I’m hoping NaNoWriMo will be the equivalent of sloping off to the nearest pub on my own.

Apologies for the lack of blog posts – as I say, it’s been mad around here. I’ll be back when things settle (or at the beginning of October, at the latest).

Talk to you soon!

A difficult day


Hi everyone,

Today was a difficult day, for personal reasons, but I managed to get some writing done nonetheless.

Things are (fingers crossed) more or less sorted on Submerge at my end, so until it becomes time to sort out promotional things, there’s not much I need to do on that. I spent today’s writing time alternating between half-researching a historical novel I might have a bash at for NaNoWriMo this year, and redrafting BH2. I’m on chapter three now, and it’s going pretty well, I think.

Total written today: 874 words.

September total so far: 2960 words.

Wow. That’s more in four days than in all of August…

Talk to you tomorrow!

Not as much as I’d hoped…


…But I have written!

I’ve also picked the brains of the internet and my poor long-suffering friend Xan, on the subject of Arabic names and Islam. I have a grand total of one particularly religious character so far and I am going to write them as accurately as possible!

As usual, I’ve been working on Bowler Hats. I must remember to look out my ideas for the upcoming Manifold Press anthology at some point, too – maybe I can get some of that written in my lunch-breaks this week. While eating leftover party food. Because I’m cool like that.

Anyway, it’s a great relief to have written something! I’ve been getting itchy typing fingers.

Total written today: 1148 words.

September total so far: 8463 words.

2015 total so far: 225394 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!