I’ve recently decided to try things out on Twitter. Ordinarily, it’s not my thing, since I get distracted far too easily and suddenly weeks have passed since my last bird-noise. That said, it would appear to be a valuable resource these days, so I’d be a fool not to give it a go. This, then, is just a random little notice, if anybody out there comes along and wants to follow me somewhere else, you can do so at –

Hope to see some of you over there. 


Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

It’s that time of year again. The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award has opened its doors to budding authors everywhere. It’s a hell of a prize, to be fair. And the second place prizes are a bit delicious, too. Despite my rather disheartening exit at the first hurdle last year, I won’t be participating this year. My word count on Long May Men Have Voices is way too high, and the House of Keys is nowhere near completion. All the same, for some lucky bastard out there, everything is going to change in a few months.

I can’t say I’m entirely fond of the terms of the contract for the winner, but $50,000 and a publishing deal are pretty good makeweights. I feel like fantasy, by and large, has a bit of a stigma amongst the reviewers and feedbackers of the ABNA panel. They seem to favour actual-world stories. I guess it doesn’t matter. I intend to get myself published one way or another. ABNA is a good path for those with enough quality to make the cut, but i’m not there yet, and I know it.

Again, I find myself feeling my current work stops short of the mark, and my hopes are falling on the next book. I’d have liked to gauge my progress with the ABNA, all the same. It’s a very good opportunity, there’s no denying that.

If anyone reading this hasn’t heard of the ABNA, all the info is over here –

New Worlds, New Adventures, And The Old Stuff They Threaten

Four days off = 4k words less = Time to get back to work.

The last few days have been spent on holiday in Wales, returning to a life that has been absent for more than a year. I moved to Scotland in Feb of 2013 and somehow, it got to Feb of 2014 before I managed to get back down there. As reasons for not working go, it’s certainly one of those deemed most acceptable. That said, I hate going even one day without getting any work done, so having managed not a single word in around 100 hours, I feel like I’m behind schedule somewhat.

All in all though, the trip dahn sahf proved beneficial in other ways. I managed to reclaim about 20-30 books which I have no room for. It’s nice to have options again though. I also found a particularly monumental canvas that I forgot about; 20xA4 graph paper taped together with the never realised intention of drawing a large scale map. It was also a desire of mine to have it up on the wall of my study so I could sketch in my downtime. I consider it a milestone and a lifetime victory that I now have it up on my bedroom wall, ready to turn 84x135cm into a good sized sketch of a new world, for a new story.

On that note, isn’t it simply delicious when you find yourself half way through a story, only to have a new idea crop up that you just can’t wait to work on? I find myself now battling a conflict; either the quality of House of Keys drops in anticipation of finishing as quickly as possible, or I get so distracted thinking about my next story world that House of Keys suffers. Hopefully, I will find a balance. The best thing about it though, is that I’m now confident I have plenty of material with which to progress when House of Keys is completed.

Back to word count, and the page count, and my dearest imaginary friends.