MONTHLY ROUNDUP: November 2021

November has been a fairly quiet month for me. Aside from work I’ve had no real commitments to stick to, which has resulted in more reading and blogging than anticipated. I hope you don’t hold that against me, and that you enjoy this breakdown of the month just gone. Book Haul As the Christmas seasonContinue reading “MONTHLY ROUNDUP: November 2021”

WRITING UPDATE: The Start of Something Good

At 80,047 words, An Empire For Yesterday is complete, and I have another draft novel under my belt. As has become tradition, I’ve sat on it for a few days to reflect on what I learned from writing it. I’m to going to break the novel down into its base elements, and have a lookContinue reading “WRITING UPDATE: The Start of Something Good”

WRITING UPDATE: Themes I Keep Coming Back To

As I start planning out my next project, I’m starting to think in terms of themes and ideas. I have characters, I have settings, what I need is a big idea. A concept to tie it all together. Then I can hash out the plot properly. There’s an old saying that ideas are the easyContinue reading “WRITING UPDATE: Themes I Keep Coming Back To”

WRITING UPDATE: Knowing When To Quit

It was all going so well. I had a fully drawn-up plan, I was halfway to my goal of 90,000 words, I had memorable characters, an interesting setting, some weighty themes, and I was approaching the pivotal scene I’d been planning for over a month. Then I hit a slight snag. The scene didn’t work.Continue reading “WRITING UPDATE: Knowing When To Quit”


On Sunday, I wrote 3000 words. More than I’d written in the previous four months. Oh, I’d written a few thousand here and there, but nothing that still looked acceptable the next day. Certainly nothing I’d count as progress in any meaningful way.  But then work quietened down a little (here on the farm, lambingContinue reading “WRITING UPDATE: Back To The Grind”

HALFWAY THERE: An Update From The Author

NaNoWriMo 2020 has come and gone, with all its usual emphasis on wordcounts and getting things done. As has become tradition for me, I’ve used the pressure of social media to galavanise myself into hammering away at the current project. Last year I managed the full 50,000 words. This year my monthly total was onlyContinue reading “HALFWAY THERE: An Update From The Author”

KEEP ON KEEPING ON: An Update from the Writer’s Desk

As of this weekend, I have finished my fourth novel. And it is not a good one. A Tally of My Sins was an expansion of ideas that have been with me for years now, dealing with the nature of civilisation, the way in which history is always being rewritten, and the conflict between individual andContinue reading “KEEP ON KEEPING ON: An Update from the Writer’s Desk”

WHERE NEXT?: Another Novel Trunked

As of Tuesday, I completed my third novel. 92,316 words in 84 days is pretty good going, though this is of course a first draft and there is a lot of editing yet to do. But that’s what I’m happiest about. It’s messy, yes, but this third work is easily my strongest to date. ForContinue reading “WHERE NEXT?: Another Novel Trunked”

A BRIEF THOUGHT: Unlovable Rogues

25,000 words in 19 days is pretty good going by my standards. While I wont go into detail about the work in progress until at least the first draft is finished, I’m going to talk a bit about what inspired it. A simple question: why are rogues always loveable? It’s a trope we see timeContinue reading “A BRIEF THOUGHT: Unlovable Rogues”

A NEW PERSPECTIVE: Making It Up As I Go Along

It’s been a week since I completed my second novel. Now that the dust has settled a little, I can look back with something other than just exhaustion. Like the first novel, this one is nowhere near publishable. Nor do I intend to do any editing towards that goal. Sometimes you have to accept thatContinue reading “A NEW PERSPECTIVE: Making It Up As I Go Along”