Only in Silence the Word

Sadly, Ursula Le Guin is dead. I always loved her work and would have written about it today, except that I am once again laid low by flu. Instead, I am just going to reprint what I wrote about A Wizard of Earthsea a couple of years back. That final quoted verse seems even more […]

Create Your Ebook For Free

I know Jonathan Moeller from his (excellent) fiction and the fact that he is a frequent commenter on this blog. It was during one exchange in the comments that the idea for this guest post was born. Jonathan mentioned that he had written and published a book entirely using free software and he’d done so […]

Happy New Year!

So that’s 2018 arrived. Hope you had a great New Year! It’s that time when we talk about the stuff we hope to achieve in the sure and certain knowledge that we will look back in December and go what the hell was I thinking in January?

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 […]

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 […]

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.