In the wake of writing a mammoth speculative fiction, I’ve switched gears and begun work on a piece of historical fiction. While my having a history degree is an advantage to the completion of this task, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much I’ve learned in the brief period of working on the current project. … Continue reading FICTION, HISTORY AND RESEARCH
Oh NaNoWriMo! A time when aspiring writers gird their loins to start and complete whatever “masterpiece” that’s been lurking at the back of their creative consciousness – and also an excuse for many would-be authors to grand-stand. NaNoWriMo is a good idea. But like many good ideas it can lead to self-indulgence on the part … Continue reading THE DREADED NANOWRIMO
Over the last few weeks I’ve looked for and accepted any reason not to write. Instead of working on fiction or drafting essays I’ve been working out, researching weight-lifting techniques I’d forgot, reading history books and bingeing on salads, Netflix and videogames on top of the daily grinds of work and socializing. Today, before starting … Continue reading A NEW CHAPTER
As I write these words there’s a tennis ball lodged between my shoulders and the back of my office chair. I put it there in an effort to improve my posture. If I lean forward or sit in an incorrect manner, the ball will fall down. The aim of this exercise is to help fix … Continue reading MUSINGS OF A PEACEABLE WARRIOR: FIX IT!
I believe in earning your rewards regardless if the task is writing, personal fitness or the day to day grind. In that regard, I subscribe to the actor Dwayne Johnson’s philosophy. Johnson has a punishing work-out routine comprising six days a week of weight-training over 150 days of clean living. On day 151, he binges … Continue reading THE BENEFITS OF OCCASIONAL SELF-INDULGENCE
Ellen Fisher is a fickle character - at least from this author’s point of view. She comes and goes when she pleases and seldom gives me any insight into where and what she has planned. Most days I am content to let her alone. It’s not like I don’t have other projects on the go. … Continue reading THE GIRL FROM THE PAPER-MILL CHAPTER SEVEN
Well I did it! City of Steel has been a labour of love for nearly a decade and I’m happy to say that it has been polished to an acceptable enough level to warrant submitting to an agent. I’m under no illusions that more work will be needed, but for now at least I can … Continue reading CITY OF STEEL: A THIRD EXCERPT