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

In Terms of Terms This is it!

MY BOOK COMES OUT THIS TERM! *to be clear... it isn't. 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 … Continue reading In Terms of Terms This is it!

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I've always been fascinated by regression... going back to those things we find comfort in particularly when times are hard. There's a psychological basis for it I'm sure but I won't pretend to know what I'm talking about there. For me, it's as simple as comfort food, comfort tv and comfort books. Last week I … Continue reading [engaging headline to encourage people to read]

All Hail Emperor Bezos and Bow Down Before the Amazon Overlords!

There is no getting around it. Very soon I will have to get on my knees like everyone else in the world and beg for scraps at the feet of Emperor Bezos. As much as I would love The Book and the Blade to be 100% indie... only available in small shops with quirky cafes … Continue reading All Hail Emperor Bezos and Bow Down Before the Amazon Overlords!

I will eviscerate you in fiction!

Every pimple, every character flaw. I was naked for a day; you will be naked for eternity.Geoffrey Chaucer (sort of) One of the fun things about writing a book you think pretty much no one will read is putting all your friends and family in there and ending their lives in new and imaginative ways. Not … Continue reading I will eviscerate you in fiction!

Zombies, ghosts and nunchucks. What shenaniganary is this?!

Yes, that's a word (maybe) A short post here, ladies and gents... I wrote a daft zombie story set in the 90s. A kid dies and comes back as a ghost while his body reanimates as a zombie. He then spends the night trying to summon his inner Patrick Swayze in order to stop the … Continue reading Zombies, ghosts and nunchucks. What shenaniganary is this?!

It’s easy to get a publisher, right?

It turns out I keep this online diary almost as consistently as I keep my personal diary, i.e. hardly ever. This is quite normal for me. I seem to work in flurries of madness separated by long periods of nothing. Well, I say nothing, but the old noggin is always ticking over. It's like a … Continue reading It’s easy to get a publisher, right?

Where have you been?

Years ago I ploughed my way through Frank McCourt's books because one of my students was reading Angela's Ashes and raving about it in class, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I read the same book, loved it, and decided to read everything else he had written as well. Somewhere … Continue reading Where have you been?