Writing Illidan Part Five

So, after all the preparation, I set merrily to work. I wrote the first draft in Scrivener with the outline broken down into scenes in its index card window. Any additional information I needed was in the research folder. I kept all the artwork I had been given by Blizzard in that Scrivener file too along with all the screenshots I had taken during my research trips.

iTunes Warcraft Promo

Just a quick head’s up for all the Warcraft readers with Apple Devices.

Writing Illidan Part Four

I had worked out what I wanted to say about the characters. Or at least I had a starting point for it. More always gets revealed as you write. Now I needed to start building a framework for the story. Most of this was already there in the Blizzard briefing document, and in what I […]

Revising on a Kindle

I’ve started using my Kindle to revise the ninth Kormak novel Masque of Death, and now I am wondering why I never thought of doing it before.

Writing Illidan Part Three

It was time to set about outlining *Illidan*. I knew who the main point of view characters of the book were going to be. The story of the Burning Crusade and Black Temple pretty much dictated three of them: Illidan, Maiev and Akama.

Astrohaus Freewrite Pictures

I’ve had some request for pictures of the Freewrite. Here they are taken on my phone with all my considerable lack of photographic skill. If you’re interested in finding out when my next book will be released as well as in getting discounts and free short stories, please sign up for my mailing list.

Astrohaus Freewrite First Impressions

About 18 months ago I backed a Kickstarter for the Hemingwrite, a distraction free electronic typewriter. Yesterday I got back from London to find that it had arrived. I set about unpacking it with considerable excitement. I wasn’t disappointed.

Writing Illidan Part Two

So there I was back in Europe, trying to figure out how to proceed. I had a long document full of ideas from the folks at Blizzard and the somewhat confused and incoherent notes I had taken myself in Irvine. Now all I had to do was make a book out of them, and with a fairly tight deadline too.

Cover Reveal: Sword of Wrath

Here’s the cover for the next Kormak novel Sword of Wrath.

Island of the Sorcerer Released

The latest Kormak short story, Island of the Sorcerer has gone live. Here’s the blurb: A longship of giant warriors missing at sea. An ancient island of alien magic risen from the depths of the ocean. Long dead wizards returned from beyond the grave. Kormak must cope with all three in this thrilling tale of […]

Writing Illidan (Part One)

I’ve been a Warcraft player since the very first Real Time Strategy Game and an enthusiastic World of Warcraft player for about nine years. When Sarah Peed from Del Rey got in touch early last year to ask if I was interested in writing a tie-in novel for Blizzard, I was intrigued, to say the least. When it was revealed that this was to be about Illidan, I could not refuse.

Life in the Clouds

I finally gave in and took out a subscription to Spotify. I’ve probably listened to more new music in the past couple of weeks than I have in the previous couple of years. I haven’t really regarded myself as a big music fan since my teens, when I was obsessed with 70s rock. (Well, it […]

Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S

I bought this machine for my upcoming trip. I don’t fancy traipsing through hostels and tourist areas with a top end MacBook Pro or a Surface Pro and this looked like a good solution. It was very cheap– less than £170 for the basic version and just over £200 for the 64 Gb version which […]

Whatever Happened to Daily Posting?

I’ve not put up anything here since the start of the month. So whatever happened to daily posting? In part, life got in the way. A sick child, an interesting business meeting that overran by a couple of hours, a deadline and suddenly days had gone by without anything being done on the blog. That […]

This Is My Experience

I’ve had a number of comments and private messages about my rant about my MacBook Pro. People have pointed out that their Macs are reliable and they’ve never had a problem with them. People have also told me that their PCs are very unreliable. My initial response has been that’s all well and good, but […]