Better In My Head

I was at work the other day and two things came up in conversation that gave me pause. The first was a discussion about not finishing ‘things’. The main laugh was that when you have a great imagination you finish your new hobby in your head. For example, I wanted to learn to play the…

Alien Crucible Timeline

I’m currently working on my Alien Crucible Timeline website as well as polishing off the first set of Atomic Scifi stories that come with it. I’d always wanted to have the website match the series but couldn’t quite make it happen. It’s gradually happening. My dream was to have an interactive site but I’ve settled…

“Panic Blogging?” said one hand to the other hand.

Writer’s smorgasbord or writer’s scruples? As you may have guessed there’s a lot of panic ‘choose your own word here’ sweeping the world. I want to say I understand why that’s occurring and at a skin-deep level – I do get it. My own fears aren’t the virus they are will I be able to…

Biographies. Could of, would of, should of

Or is it could have, would have, should have? I thought I’d write about biographies because for an independent author they are possibly more mystifying than for a traditionally published author. (I lie, it was a work colleague who made me think about this topic.) By mystifying I mean I want to connect to my…

Planning

I think we all know that “Successful writing requires good planning” and not mindlessness. It’s a simple formula with common hurdles, pitfalls and plain old mistakes. The Hurdles These may include time, motivation, money, confidence, knowledge and skill levels and people pressures. And, discipline (lack of). The Pitfalls So many to choose from but may…

Meh to eh

This was my long weekend:- Withdraw all my books from Smashwords, Amazon etc. Change name to my real name on each cover and while I was there change the entire cover Update the front and back matter and may as well do some other tweaking Import each document into Vellum and format (so much easier…

The Independent Author

Hi writers of fiction! Let’s cut to the chase. Here are the objectives for my first free online course on my website. I’ll make pages later on as well. Writer’s Toolbox Lesson One – PDF 1Lesson1ContentandObjectives Lesson Two – PDF 2Lesson1Introduction

Change Isn’t Always Bad

So, I’m back working full-time and to be honest I’m happier than before. I’ve been working a long time (over 30 years) and loved the sabbatical of 2 years to write full-time. It was an additional year before I found work so while I was still writing and editing full-time I was working relief shifts…

The Tide Has Turned

I’m working on the last parts of this novel when I can and thankfully did most of the main work before I returned to full-time work. While it is a part of a series it can be read as a stand-alone. Just know that there’s an overarching plot but it’s long drawn until the last…