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  • All three episodes of my Glass Darkly story published

    All three episodes of my Glass Darkly story published

    Well I’ve just uploaded the third episode of my Glass Darkly steampunk story to Amazon ready for pre-order, that’s all three episodes now available to either purchase or pre-order, as well as being available in paperback format or through kindle unlimited, and my goodness has it taken a lot of energy to get them over the line. Read more…

  • Through the mind’s eye

    Through the mind’s eye

    Researching a novel is a distracting business. I’ve written in the past about some of the odd characters and events I’ve come to understand in greater detail as a consequence of the research I do for my writing, but in addition to the historic setting for my books I also, like many authors need to build a picture of the places in which my books are set. Now when it comes to picking the places in which my books are set there are a lot of things that go into the mix. Read more…

  • Antique airship appears over New York City.

    Antique airship appears over New York City.

    During the unexpected thunderstorm which blanketed the city last night a huge airship of obviously antique and arcane design appeared over 7th Avenue. Clearly in a state of serious disrepair the colossal craft was first thought to be derelict and devoid of human life, but after being boarded by city officials it was discovered the zeppelin was discovered to be fully crewed although the crew members were all in need of immediate medical attention. Read more…

  • When Mussolini came to visit

    When Mussolini came to visit

    Researching a bizarre range of topics, is for me one of the great joys of being a novelist. Yes it comes with its perils. The internet is a far too distracting place for most authors as it is, but if you use a historic setting for your stories then the distractions of the on-line world are completely unavoidable and it becomes more a question of which rabbit hole will you disappear down first rather than whether you will fall down one at all. Read more…

  • Inconvenient inspirations

    Inconvenient inspirations

    There are many things I like about the crafting of a new novel, though I admit there are always times when it’s more a long slog than a joy. For me, it invariably starts with that first kernel of an idea that can come from almost anywhere. Read more…

  • It’s a bit different to how I thought it would be. . .

    It’s a bit different to how I thought it would be. . .

    Keeping a journal is a bit odd sometimes. I’ve been keeping a sporadic journal of my thoughts and perspectives for just over twenty years now, which sounds a lot, but in some years I might only make half a dozen entries while in others I might make an entry every couple of weeks. Read more…

  • Oceans of books

    Oceans of books

    The world is swimming in books, huge shoals of good quality fiction, thrilling mystery stories, exciting tales of adventure, wondrous sagas of other worlds and other times and places and people that are similar to or outrageously different from what we know, but can I find something that I fancy reading right now, can I bobbins! At the risk of stretching this metaphor a little bit further than is wise, I know I probably need find some new places to go fishing, and to rely a bit less blatantly on the Amazon or Goodreads reviews that routinely find their way… Read more…

  • Just a bit weary

    Just a bit weary

    Just coming to the end of a week’s snowboarding holiday in the lovely French alpine resort of Montechavin which makes between the Les Arcs and La Plagne ski areas, and my goodness what wonderful snow we’ve had here. The only drawback is that I’ve snowboarded my legs off, so much so, that early nights and deep sleeps have very much been the order of things, along with the fine Savoyard cuisine, and one out two glasses of the local Genepi. Read more…

  • Stolen hours and small miracles

    Stolen hours and small miracles

    It’s been rather gloomy for the past few weeks, with the days full of rain or cloud or both, and the daylight never seeming to really break through. But today was different. Today was full of bright golden winter sunlight, the kind that takes the edge off a bitterly cold day while you’re in it, and makes you realise just how much it’s been helping when you’re in the shade. Read more…

  • So close I can almost taste it . . .

    So close I can almost taste it . . .

    Oh, but I’m so close to finishing my second novel I can almost taste it. Read more…