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Bard and Bookstagram

Bard and Bookstagram

It’s been a while since I did a more newsie-type blog post — I’ve been all about the Thinking(TM) recently. But I figured I’d keep you all updated on a couple of things that are going on right now. Firstly, I’m rewriting Bard. For those who aren’t aware, Bard is an Arthurian-inspiried SF novel I wrote in early 2016, posting the first draft chapter-by-chapter on Wattpad. It’s set on a distant planet that was one of Earth’s prison colonies, until…

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Walls Full Of Plot

Walls Full Of Plot

I am not, and have never really been, what you might call a ‘plotter’. Or to use George RR Martin’s analogy, I’m not an architect. I’m not the kind of writer who sits down with a spreadsheet or a file full of notes or even an outline, knowing before I start exactly what I’m going to do and then doing it with minimal changes. I would go as far as to say I’m not even really a gardener, if we’re…

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Plot Dominoes, Falling

Plot Dominoes, Falling

For a while now, I’ve been writing a novel called Bard and posting it, chapter by chapter, on Wattpad. This is a terrifying experience for me, as it’s about five years since I lasted posted anything vaguely novel-length on the internet (some of my Protagonize stories might have edged over 50k, but none of them were nearing 100k the way this is), and in all that time, I don’t think I’ve ever posted something as totally unedited as this, of…

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Bard

Bard

For the first time in a while, I have a new writing project. Okay, perhaps that’s not the most accurate way of describing it. I’ve got another project on the go, known to my Twitter and Tumblr followers as #secretthing, but that’s something a bit different. I’ve also been writing poetry, blog posts, and book reviews in varying quantities for the last few months. Every now and again, when I have ideas, I write random scenes for Death & Fairies…

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Thieves, Queer Knights, And Libraries

Thieves, Queer Knights, And Libraries

I think the theme is all fixed. Which is to say, I gave up trying to mend the theme I’d used before, and found a new one that did approximately what I wanted it to do, then spent several hours narrowing ‘approximately’ to ‘almost exactly’. Let me know what you think — I particularly like the new fonts, but I’m eager to hear your thoughts. This is a number of blog posts all smushed down into one. YAY. Because I’m…

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Structurally Unsound Stories

Structurally Unsound Stories

You know I said I finished the first draft I was writing the other day? Well, I know it’s standard practice not to immediately set about reading it through to see what you did wrong, but hey, I like to remember what I actually wrote so that when I get beta comments I know what they’re talking about. Therefore, on Thursday evening I set about reading the whole book through. Oh man. It’s not terrible. I mean, if you subtract…

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Editing While Making Dubious Fashion Decisions

Editing While Making Dubious Fashion Decisions

I’ve mentioned that I’m rewriting The Quiet Ones, and while I’ve tended to move away from posts that are directly about what I’m writing, because spoilers, I thought today I’d talk about how the editing process is going, since this novel has taken an interesting journey. And there will also be brief excerpts to demonstrate the wonderful fashion sense of my characters. Seriously, I wish I had half as much style as these guys. Total dorks the lot of them,…

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I Am Not Published

I Am Not Published

I am not a traditionally published author. I have never signed with an agent or had a book deal. You can’t walk into a bookshop and pick up something with my name on it, unless it’s something I dropped, in which case it’s probably got my number on it so that you can return it to me, because I am brilliant at losing things and now take precautions. It was brought to my attention after I posted my rant about…

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First Drafts and Secondary Characters

First Drafts and Secondary Characters

I started a new novel a few days ago. Apart from NaNoWriMo, it’s some time since I did this with any success, by which I mean I haven’t completed a first draft that wasn’t for NaNo since summer 2011 — and that was for Camp NaNoWriMo. Of course, editing’s great. It’s creative, it’s an opportunity to develop characters in all sorts of exciting new depth, and it’s a chance to make crappy words not crappy. But there’s something about starting…

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Free Books? Count Me In!

Free Books? Count Me In!

So the wonderful Miriam Forster (who is not only wonderful because she has the same name as me, although that does add several awesome points) has a book coming out at the beginning of February. I keep forgetting, because after winning her cover contest last year, I got an ARC and it’s been sitting on my shelf for a few months already. It sort of doesn’t register that none of you guys have read it yet. BUT it is coming…

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