Reflections on launching a book into the ether At one point on Saturday I found myself sitting on the floor of a raised stage while all around me people I knew, people I’d just met, and people I’d never seen before talked and laughed and drank together. The pub was full, a long narrow hall … Continue reading Fly my pretty!
A SOMETHING of SOMETHING and SOMETHING
I feel like I've missed a trick with The Book and the Blade. It would seem that I did not get the memo regarding the standard structure of novel titles in the contemporary market. Absolutely everything seems to be some combination of A____ of_____ and _______ , and with less than ten days to go … Continue reading A SOMETHING of SOMETHING and SOMETHING
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
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! *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!
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?
Smile like you mean it
I'm broke, but I'm happy. I'm poor, but I'm kind. I'm not short, but I'm not particularly healthy either. For a few weeks now I've been living on a prayer and trying my hardest to keep the faith as I am not ready to go down in a blaze of glory just yet. I ain't … Continue reading Smile like you mean it
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!