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 […]

A New Interview

There’s a new interview with me by Andy Graham over at his website. It’s an interesting format and I’d like to thank Andy for opportunity to talk about books that influenced me in more ways than one. If you’re interested in finding out when my next book will be released as well as in getting […]

Building A Series Wiki Part Two

Last time, I talked about wanting to create a wiki containing the background information for my long-running Kormak series. I managed to write a thousand words without addressing how you do this. I hope to rectify that this time around. One problem I had was deciding where to start. I was in the middle of […]

Building A Series Wiki

When a series you are writing gets to ten books, you start to run into the limits of the human brain. You forget details of plots, names of minor characters, crucial details of their appearance, the names of some of the places. Actually, you hit those limits long before that, but human laziness tends to […]

Google Docs for Novel Writing

For the past ten years or so, I have mostly used Scrivener to write my books. It’s a powerful piece of software that gives you a great deal of control over the structure of any work in progress. It makes backups a breeze and it tracks your daily word count as you write. It can […]

Armageddon Protocol Released

Armageddon Protocol, the first of my new cyberpunk military SF series is now out!

Another Day, Another Year

It had to happen sooner or later that my birthday would fall on a blogging day. As an inveterately lazy man, I am tempted to make my excuses now and go in search of cake, but there are a few bits and bobs I thought I would mention before I go.

Nanowrimo Done

Did I win Nanowrimo? Yes, yesterday at about 10:30 am. I kept at it today just so I could get the badge for writing 30 days in a row. I am a sucker for gamification. Once I set out to collect badges, the completist in me keeps niggling away until I get as many as possible.

Portents of Doom Cover Reveal

This week I am finishing up the tenth Kormak book Portents of Doom. In it, Kormak, Rhiana and company pursue the sorcerer Balthazar through the blighted jungles of Terra Nova as the quest to find the source of Vorkhul’s coffin nears its climax. Mutant tribesmen, were-jaguars, demon summoners and the Lords of Skulls himself all seek to block their path and end their lives.

Track What You Write with Writeometer

What gets measured gets done is a truism in management consultancy. I find it to be the case for writing as well. Quantifying when and where as well as how much I have written is something I’ve tried to do ever since I read Rachel Aaron’s 2K to 10K. I datamine this information to see when and where I am most productive and if there is anything I can do to make myself more so. Writeometer is an app for Android phones that I’ve found useful for this. It keeps track of how many words you write per day.

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.

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.