2019

How not to plot - dissecting my first attempt at a novel

From 2013 to 2015 I wrote a science fiction / fantasy novel called Tempting in Shade. I sent it to Beta Readers who were very kind. Then I sat back and reread it. In doing so I came to several conclusions, the dominant one being that the novel was unpublishable. This post examines my decision from the perspective of four years later. It focuses upon how I mangled the plot.

Two achievements - a short story and a computer graphic - yippee!

My health has been a little dodgy recently and, with a minor hospital procedure this week, I cannot say that I had been in a good mood. However with every cloud there comes a silver lining – and I got two! The first was that the magazine Midnight Echo bought one of my short horror stories. Yay! The story is called “Alive!” and examines one alternative for prolonging existence. Apparently

Review: Authors Publish - a useful resource for writers    #AuthorsPublish

As a struggling author one of my common Google searches is “Call for submissions fiction.” Now my my future novel has turned into an epic series (when will I ever finish just one of these books?!), I find myself writing little pieces just so I know that I can actually finish something. The good news is that I am getting nibbles in respect to these short stories and that is

The Sharpe series by #BernardCornwell

You may recall that my last book review was of David Lee Summer’s second book in the Scarlet Order series.  I enjoyed it thoroughly and despite being a vampire tale it brought back memories of the historical novels that I used to enjoy. So I decided to look for a historical series that was new to me. Having been an incredible fan of authors such as  C. S. Forester, Alexander

Review: Dragon's Fall Rise of the Scarlet Order (Book 2 Scarlet Order) @davidleesummers

Disclaimer: David Lee Summers is an online friend. This said, I have endeavoured to be completely objective in my review of this novel. Key take-aways It reads like a combined Mary Renault and (adult) Rosemary Sutcliffe novel crossed with Anne Rice novel It covers about 2000 years from Classical Greece to the Renaissance and so tends to jump centuries at a time I enjoyed reading it Overall This novel is