Posted in Fantasy Fiction, Fiction, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Writing

The Sea Seeds Ideas

I read an article the other day (I really should bookmark them as I can’t find it now!) that was about a new Stephen King book due out. It’s a collection of short stories – nothing unusual there. The difference is that he is putting a substantial introduction to each one, about where he was in his life when he wrote them and the thought process that went into writing them.

Now I am not a big Stephen King fan – I don’t really enjoy horror – ghost stories yes but horror’s not my thing. However – his “On Writing” is one of the best books on the subject I have ever read, both entertaining and insightful. It is just as much an autobiography as a book about the art. So I am excited about this one!

And it got me thinking – I thought I would share a bit of my own thought process – how my mind works (sometimes). And perhaps hear from some of you how you go about the business.

So as an example. A friend of mine has just fulfilled one of her dreams and been on an epic sea journey on a tall ship. I was writing her a welcome home message when the a line popped into my head.

“Seafarer wandering over the waves.”

It sounded really good to me – so now its going around in my head – a poem coalescing around it, snippets of lines and images coming together. It will probably bounce around in there for a while until it comes together.

While thinking about it though something else is coming through. A character – this vague woman who is wandering the sea – for some reason, maybe seeking something, maybe running from something – I don’t know yet. There’s not even a story there yet – that one will bounce around in my head event longer.

One of my favourite authors Stephen R Donaldson said that he likes to get two unrelated ideas and smash them together to see where it goes. Maybe I will do that. I have another idea – more fully formed though still with a long way to go. It is about the rise of a political tyrant. Now those two ideas do seem completely unrelated – and I wonder what would grow by trying to put them together – something surprising I think.

I will let them ferment some more – their time hasn’t come yet.

So what about you? How do the seeds of your works begin?

Posted in Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Another Arrival!

This is another reason I have been quiet on the blog for a while! Book number two has arrived!


This one is not a novel but a collection of poems. All the poems I wrote for my year-long Poem a Day Challenge.

So more proofreading and then pressing the button to make it available both on Kindle and Paperback.

It all part of a larger plan – so watch out for more soon.


Posted in Fiction, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Writing

Mankind Limited Now Available in paperback

Will do a proper announcement soon when all the other bits and pieces are in place.

In the meantime – after reviewing my proof copy I discovered one little type – grrrrrr! I also realised that due to the way the fonts were changed all the page numbers had shifted and were wrong. However all issues fixed now, so I pushed the publish button and its now appearing in Amazon – all linked to the kindle version and everything!

More to come soon.

Posted in Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Writing

It’s Arrived!

So! I know I don’t look it – but here I am ridiculously proud of my very own hard copy version of my novel. Let’s hope I won’t be the only one holding one in the future 🙂

Hard copy will be available soon! Kindle version already on sale.


Posted in Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Writing

Exciting Times

Just been informed that there is an exciting package waiting for me at home! Can’t wait!!!


Posted in Family, General

A sunny and refreshing weekend

We had a lovely relaxing time this weekend. Saturday was courtesy of one of Alexander’s school friends birthday party held at a local farm attraction – which included a playground and a miniature train. Perfect! We could sit back and let them have fun.

Sunday was a combination of a walk along the coast and the local Transport festival and fun fair!

Here’s a few pics.

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Mankind Limited

The revised version is now available on Kindle.

Hard copy on its way  also now availableAmazonMKL!

Trapped. In a world where everything is measured and control pervades every area of life, four people begin to break down. Instead they break through the walls of deceit and propaganda and into a world of revolution.

Each, in their way, vow to overthrow the established order. They embark on a journey against the forces arraigned against them, forces of state and self doubt.

Ultimately their paths converge on a dangerous road and the discovery of an ancient secret.

See here for more details