Trudvang Chronicles First Look

Just over a year ago I pledged 600 Swedish Kroner (about $70) to fund the Kickstarter for Trudvang Chronicles. I did it for the art. Riot Minds used a lot of glorious Paul Bonner artwork in their advertising and I have been a fan of Paul’s since before I worked alongside him at Games Workshop […]

Nanowrimo Diary

As I do with every book these days, I kept a journal while I was writing my imaginatively titled Nanowrimo 17. Here, as promised last week, are some extracts from it along with my commentary. Before I go into details, it might be worth giving some background. This year, I decided to depart from my […]

Nanowrimo Done and Dusted

So that’s NaNoWriMo done. I hit 50K today with a burst of 3000 words and now I am a bit knackered. I just wanted to record the fact and make a few notes. Next week hopefully, I will publish selected extracts from my book diary with more details of the actual process. So what did […]

Nanowrimo Update: Opening Scene

So I’ve been ploughing ahead with Nanowrimo. That’s me at 27384 words which puts me on target to finish on the 28th according to nanowrimo.org’s excellent progress calculator. I’m keeping a diary which I shall probably publish here when I’m done along with my notes and observations on my progress. In the meantime here’s the […]

Nanowrimo 2017: Liftoff

It’s November and it’s National Novel Writing Month again. Trying to keep things as simple as possible, I’ve decided to use Google Docs exclusively this year and Nanowrimo.org’s site to track my word counts. My basic plan is to put in three pomodoros on work days and aim for a minimum of 2000 words written. […]

Path of Fire Take Two

So we’re a couple of weeks into the Guild Wars 2 expansion Path of Fire now and I have had enough time to do a bit of exploration, acquire all the mounts and even try out a couple of elite specs, the Scourge and the Deadeye. I’ve wandered over all the major zones from the […]

Google Stuff for Authors Revisited

A while back I bought a Chromebook with the intention of giving Google’s Office suite and Chrome OS itself a serious tryout. As an experiment, I attempted to switch over to Google’s software for most of my writing needs. My plan was to use Google Docs and Sheets exclusively for a month or so and […]

On the Path of Fire

Last Friday at around 6pm Prague time, Path of Fire, the latest expansion for Guild Wars 2 went live. As you can probably tell from my use of an exact local time, I was there, en route to the Crystal Desert as fast as my little virtual legs would carry me. What was it like? […]

Guild Wars 2 Revisited

I recently started playing Guild Wars 2 again after a long layoff. The announcement of Path of Fire, the new expansion, due September 22nd, got my attention. Since I last logged in a few years back, there has been a new expansion, Heart of Thorns. When it was announced, I was not too thrilled. The […]

Acer Chromebook for Work 14 Review

I’ve long been fascinated by the idea of a Chromebook. As part of the PC generation, it felt wrong– I mean a machine that is basically a browser in a laptop format. And yet, there was something about the minimalism that appealed to me. I’ve occasionally looked at the Acer Chromebook for Work line and […]

Citadel of Demons Released

The eleventh Kormak book, Citadel of Demons, has just gone live. It brings Kormak’s long quest across Terra Nova to its dramatic conclusion. In it, our monster hunting hero ends up facing demons, rogue angels and a pair of deadly sorcerers.

A Time Machine

Cleaning out my office recently, I came across an Xbox 360 I got for free when I bought a new computer several years ago. It has sat forgotten, box unopened, gathering dust ever since. We already had an older model Xbox 360 with a hard drive attached which has seen a lot of use, mostly […]

Citadel of Demons Cover Reveal

Citadel of Demons is off with my test readers which means that, barring someone discovering a huge plot hole (an eventuality I am never prepared to discount), it should be released within the next month. That being the case, now seems like a good time to show off the cover, once again courtesy of Clarissa […]

The Aeronaut’s Windlass

A captain cashiered for cowardice, now the most successful privateer in the sky. A motley crew of young cadets from the Spirearch’s Guard entrusted with a mission that should by rights go to older and more experienced heads. A sinister tea-drinking sorceress who will murder you if you are impolite to her, but you have […]

Sagittarius Rising

The events Sagittarius Rising describes happened around one hundred years ago. It’s hard to believe because the book is so vivid. It’s the autobiography of Cecil Lewis, a man who lied about his age to join the Royal Flying Corps in 1915. He ended up flying artillery reconnaissance missions over the Somme in 1916 just […]