• Live in the now!

    A nice little cliché headline there for a long overdue post, but I get to quote Garth Algar, and also, I stand by it. So much could go wrong, it could all fall down around my ears and I may never see my books in print… but… and this is a big but… in fact, this is a Freddie Mercury screaming Fat Bottomed Girls sized but… right now, in this moment, I have two books being published next year, a potential third, a total of five novels signed and two publishers reading two more full manuscripts after liking the first three chapters. Nothing may come of the full requests but the fact I got two ‘fulls’ in the same week is pretty bloody exciting. Of course, Pessimistic Al is constantly whispering bollocks and trying to ruin it, but he’s a dick and we try not to listen to him.

    So here is where we currently stand…

    • The Book and the Blade – February 28th, 2023
    • Rock Zombie – sometime in early 2023
    • The Sword and the Hounds – signed
    • The Saint and the Shadowman – signed
    • I Draw the Line at ******* Vampires – signed
    • Albert the Great Australian Dragon – being read after a full request
    • The Djinn and the Dragoman – being read after a full request

    And then there are the books I haven’t yet sent into the wilderness…

    • The Last Witch in Brisbane – needs an edit
    • The Shadow in the Sands – writing, nearly finished
    • Won’t Someone Please Think of the Orcs – planning (will start writing for NaNoWriMO)

    So yep, it’s all pretty exciting right now.

    “But nothing will come of it, none of them will get published and you’ll be laughed at for even thinking you stood a chance of getting a book in print you talentless dickhead”

    Shut up, Pessimist Al. No one has time for your shit. Live in the now!


  • Ideas count as productivity, right?

    The above tweet is not only a shining example of the kind of dazzlingly witty offering I make over on that strange platform but a fair indication of my state of mind. I am trying to write, but my brain is like a sack of cats floating along a river… some ideas are treading water, … Continue reading Ideas count as productivity, right?

  • The unprofessional professional

    Let’s be honest, I’m not particularly good at this whole ‘professional author’ gig. The truth is, I’m not entirely sure I am one anyway, and I certainly won’t feel like I’m cresting that little hill until I hold my book in my hands. As I write this, my debut novel should have been out for … Continue reading The unprofessional professional

  • Flibbertygibbets and jiggerypokery

    A lot has happened in a short space of time so I thought I’d write a little post to let everyone know what the flibbertygibbets is going on. – The Book and the Blade has a new release date – February 28th, 2023. I’ve known for quite a while that this was going to happen … Continue reading Flibbertygibbets and jiggerypokery

  • A creature of habit or a writer of little imagination

    Proper authors get asked questions like “what is your writing routine?” or “how do you fit writing into your day?” or “how do you get motived?” As an imposter I thought it would be interesting to explore my own routine a little (such as it is). It’s nothing fancy… I have long periods of doing … Continue reading A creature of habit or a writer of little imagination

  • Whoring myself out to publishers…

    The wonderful thing about being a writer is the joy you get from putting your heart and soul into a piece of work, spending hours, days, weeks, years poring over it, making it as amazing as possible, as perfect as possible, getting it polished and ready to hand out to the world and then giving … Continue reading Whoring myself out to publishers…

  • A few things…

    There are now less than seven weeks to go until The Book and the Blade is released into the wild so I thought I’d write a little post in order to give some updates. – pre-orders for the ebook are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Booktopia, Kobo and more – pre-orders for hardback and … Continue reading A few things…

  • Premature ejaculation

    Premature Adjective Occurring or done before the usual or proper time; too early. Ejaculation Noun Something said quickly and suddenly. I’ve had a habit of this my whole life (stop giggling and get your mind out of the gutter. We’re using the Queen’s English here). What I mean is, I regularly do or say something … Continue reading Premature ejaculation

  • In Terms of Terms This is it!

    MY BOOK COMES OUT THIS TERM! As a teacher by day (and a barely functioning man-child by night) much of my life is controlled by bells, schedules and timetables. Even now, during the school holidays, I have a Pavlovian response to sniff out the nearest coffee at 8:15, 10:55 and 3:01, but it’s not just … Continue reading In Terms of Terms This is it!

  • How’s the writing going?

    I get asked this a lot. It’s nice. It’s also a wee bit depressing when the answer is, has been, and will probably continue to be… it isn’t. I have a “work in progress” but instead of my usual all-consuming attacking the keyboard like a starving dog going at a bag of hot chips I’m … Continue reading How’s the writing going?