Summer Update, Had Me A Blast…

Hello hello, and back I come. I felt sorry to break a relatively decent streak of regular blogposts for yet another undefined hiatus, but this time I actually had a half-decent excuse for my absense. For the first time since 2019, I was able to return to the boards and get back on the Oxford […]

A Birthday Cough

If we can take a brief moment to appreciate my mother’s baking skills – and my photography skills -before I rattle on with the post, that’d be grand. Just under a couple of weeks ago I completed my twenty-sixth turn around the sun, leaving behind the tenuous middle-ground of ‘mid-twenties’ and coming to terms, once […]

Stories Two, (Half-baked) Ideas Several

February is here! January blues are (apparently) behind us. The cold weather, sadly, isn’t. I wouldn’t mind quite so much if the weather was at least consistent – but frankly, days that alternate between 2⁰C all the way to above 10⁰C make planning your time ahead that bit more frustrating. Particularly if you have a […]

A New Year’s Update

Well. So much for getting back to blogging regularly. For real, the title of this post was originally going to be An Autumnal Update. But then, as time slunk by and the year turned, I begrudgingly retitled it to A Winter Update. But still, it isn’t quite 2022 yet, and I suppose that is something. […]

Hardback and Sides…

Yup, just when you think the hardback puns couldn’t get any worse. So this arrived in the post a few days ago, which rather feels like the final milestone on my first self-publishing journey. This is the third format the novel is now out in – the first two being eBook and paperback – and […]

No skin off my (hard)back…

God, for that pun alone I shouldn’t be allowed near a keyboard. So. I’ve been balancing the last few weeks post-book launch by getting some more marketing done (which is hard work, but kind of easier now I actually have a product out there), as well as making some more detailed notes about Book II, […]

Another Month, Another ARC Review

Hello, peeps and creeps. Forgot this blog existed? Don’t feel bad. So did I. After a fairly half-baked promise last post to get back on the blogging track once again, I’ve come to the rather tepid conclusion that delivering content both lengthy and engaging consistently each week is probably not a realistic goal. While time, […]

Reflections On A Birthday

*Gasp!* A personal, self-indulgent post! On a blog devoted to nothing more than shamelessly promoting my own upcoming work and stirring up interest! Who’d have thought? …As if every word that comes out of my mouth isn’t self-indulgent. Anyway. Carrying on. A few days ago, I completed my twenty-fifth turn around the sun. The day […]

A Thousand Hits, A Smattering of Hints

Oh, my. Well. That particular milestone crept up on me a lot quicker than I’d anticipated. It seems incredibly churlish to whine or complain about the rate at which the hit counter is racking up hits, but still. It’s scuppered my plans a little, but I suppose there are worse problems to have when building […]

A North Harrovian Tangent

This Wednesday, I was invited by my old student friend Ramya to give a lecture over Zoom to the Writers’ Group of the North Harrow Community Library. I talked in detail about the self-publishing approach to getting in print, and my current experience of it. We also covered the differing pros and cons of various […]