Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

Beyond reason

13Mar11

My fingers are cramped and inkstained, I’m a little bit shaky and delirious, and I’m running short on sleep. No, not some weird addiction. Actually, yes, it is a weird addiction. I’m writing again. Or, to be more precise, I’m editing. I’ve spent the last few months (off and on) wading through Holly Lisle’s How […]


What I mostly like doing on holiday is reading … on the plane, on the beach, during siesta, on the apartment balcony in the evening ….¬† T’o-m reckons that if reading were an olympic discipline, I’d be gold medal standard. I don’t know about that, but I do know that I made a fair dent […]


I’m working through the edits of the Anneth story, and it was turning into a bit of a slog … I’ve been through it so many times that the story had gone a bit stale on me and I didn’t know where I was going with it. The river had run dry, and for a […]


Making the cut

13Jun10

I’ve been working the edits for Anneth … again …. and I swear this is the last time I’m going through the process. If I can’t fix it this time, then I think it needs to be abandoned for good and all. (And yes, I have said that before … trouble is, I love this […]


Harper Voyager, ISBN 978-0-00-727616-5, April 2010 The sun is setting on humanity. The night now belongs to voracious demons that arise as the sun sets, preying on a dwindling population forced to cower behind ancient and half-forgetten symbols of power. These wards alone can keep the demons at bay, but legends tell of a Deliverer […]


Ever since I read Peter Brett’s ‘Warded Man’, I’ve been waiting for the next book¬† – ‘Desert Spear’. I’ve had it on pre-order on Amazon since I don’t know when, and was devastated when the release date was put back from October last year. But at last! An email from Amazon to say it has […]


Last week I printed off the whole 500 pages of the Anneth manuscript, ready to start in on the edit marathon that will be Holly Lisle’s “How to Revise Your Novel” (HTRYN) course. I did the How To Think Sideways course last year, and learned so much from it, that it seemed a no-brainer to […]


Nevare Burvell anticipates a golden future. He will follow his father into the Gernian army; to the frontier and thence to an advantageous marriage. Sometimes you feel sorry for people in novels with apparently golden futures – it never seems to work out that way for them, at least not in the way they expect. […]


Kingdom Come J G Ballard Harper Perennial 2007, ISBN 978-0-00-723247-5 A gunman opens fire in a shopping mall. Not a terrorist, apparently, but a madman with a rifle. Or not, as he is mysteriously (and quickly) set free without charge . . . One of the victims is the father of Richard Pearson, unemployed advertising […]


Well, Nanowrimo is over for another year, and I made over 55,ooo words altogether. I am seriously pleased with myself, especially as the last few days were a horrible, painful struggle for words in the face of almost complete physical exhaustion with a side order of stinking cold. I’ve got a massive start on the […]