Jupiter in flames – a stellar matter

| July 3, 2013

Regarding my “Science Fiction” post from a couple of days ago: I am getting a little irritated by the commentors who keep saying the end of 2010 means humanity would be wiped out by being caught between two suns. In the simulation I have seen (and been given five different links to), the user has […]


| April 20, 2013

Four short stories out, major historical research going on, and twenty-one other stories in draft with fifteen in notes.Which is when I burned my hand doing something stupid: we were burning some garden waste when some cinders flew up off the fire. One was going to hit my face, so I caught it. The stupid […]

Editors/Beta readers – a rant

| April 2, 2013

I write what I want to read, and what I don’t see on bookshop shelves anymore. This unfortunately tends to result in problems with beta readers and editors. Many of them not only like what is on bookshop shelves, they produced a lot of it.My first editor was a language fanatic. He loved English in […]

First Novel Nerves

| June 13, 2010

Oh dear. At the moment my brain is working in fits and starts at best. The final version went back to the editor yesterday, and now I am left extremely nervous. Instead of working on my other novels, I find myself torn between frantic promotion setup and reassuring my cat that he is in fact […]

Dueling expert syndrome

| June 4, 2010

Something I have learned and want to pass on to budding novelists: Once you’ve done your research and written the book, don’t ever, ever, go back for a second opinion. They won’t agree. Put two experts and a room and get three opinions (actually about five and a lively ongoing debate in my case).On the […]

Progress on promos

| May 18, 2010

A very fast response, and I have a demo of a book trailer to review. At 20 seconds it’s not long, the concept is very simple, and it’s made with stock footage/audio so it’s cheap. We’ve got some time to revise it before the book comes out, but the basics are there. Best of all, […]

Rather stunned – in a good way

| May 3, 2010

I just got a contract through by email. A publishing contract. For novel no 3.The publisher’s assessment is that it has issues (mainly dialog punctuation and a few typos), but a strong story. Now the good thing about email is that the publisher can’t see your immediate reaction (an embarrassingly girly squeal). The other thing […]

And progress is made slowly…

| April 6, 2010

Over Easter I got two more rejections – one at 1am Easter Sunday. Both were form rejections, so no useful information or advice unfortunately. On the other hand that is the last of the UK ones for that manuscript, so hopefully the genre’s not as dead overseas. I’ve had the book on the left recommended […]

Frustrations of writing

| March 20, 2010

There’s an issue with novel #3.I have a complete manuscript.My writing group loved it.An editor said that he was having trouble editing it because he kept reading it. A fan club and regular article readers who liked the concept and signed up to be notified if it was published. I have a marketing plan, distribution […]

More words, and more waiting…

| February 9, 2010

55,800 words on Number 4. A bit of extra research needed on a type of flying I am not familiar with, but then not many are, so hopefully there aren’t very many people who would catch a mistake. I could write more, but real life (i.e. work) is getting in the way.Still nothing from agents, […]