Saturday, 25 April 2015

My Current Project List

Like most writers, I have a list of projects going on at any one time, and I thought I'd give you all an idea on my progress with each.

What Comes from the Earth (the novel) 
I mention it only because it's the one that people always ask about - and with good reason.

My novel has been in process for a couple of years now.  That's a long while (though I'm hoping that the time will show in the final product!)  There are a number of reasons for this - it's not a straightforward matter to write, there are a lot of other things that have to take priority (family, studying, etc) and sometimes, you just can't face sitting down at a wall of text and starting anew.

The good news is that I am 12k words into the definitive final draft and while my continuing research means that I learn new things about South Africa every day, hopefully these are all going to be part of a significant and coherent whole.

The Z Chronicles (the anthology)

The forthcoming 'Z Chronicles' anthology is expected to be released in June 2015, and yours truly will have a story in it!

I'm very excited for this - the previous entries in the Chronicles series have shot to the top of Amazon and Kindle bestseller lists,and I'll be taking my place alongside some of the most revered authors in Science and Speculative Fiction - alphabetically, my name will be sitting on the cover right next to Hugh Howey, and I figure that won't do me any harm at all.  Most importantly of all, beta readers have really enjoyed the story, and told me that it's one of my best.  I'll let you all know when it's available for purchase, and hopefully you'll go out and buy a copy. 

Crowning Glory (the film)

Some of you may remember that a little whole ago, I was approached to consider turning one of my short stories into a film.  That sounds fun, I thought, and wrote a screenplay.  Our team is set, and when our leading man recovers from his brief hospital stay (get well soon, Greg!) we should be in a position to begin production.  Rehearsals are scheduled in the next week or two depending on commitments, but hopefully we'll soon take a key step to making this a reality.

Going Silver (the idea)

It occurred to me that since many of my projects result in short stories and writing fragments, it's about time that I started collecting them together into something sale-able.  This is a long-term plan, as I don't have enough material at the moment to produce a top notch short story collection (and I wouldn't offer it to people unless I thought it was top notch.)  However, it's a goal I'm working towards, and as I progress with other things, this collection will grow in size and one day it will unexpectedly leap out at the world, all teeth and fury.

The title is a working one, but it's one I like.  It's taken from my favourite novel, 'Vurt'.

Caladria (the competition)

Who likes dragons?  You like dragons.  (Everyone likes dragons.)

Currently, the collaborative worldbuilding site Caladria are running a free-to-enter competition that sees you choose one of three themes and build a narrative around the theme.  I'm currently 1,000 words into an entry.  Dragons feature heavily, and you have the chance to flex your fantasy muscles (the writing ones, that is) and contribute to a rather wonderful shared project.

The Website (the project)

And finally...because it has to happen at some point.

This blog has been a fun ride and my desire to write remains as healthy as it ever has, but I'm now in my second year of having made money from writing, and as such, I believe it will soon be time to upgrade to a proper website.  I'm looking into costs just now, but watch this space.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Norfolk's Great Big Read

This post is part-reproduced from Norfolk County Council's own website advertising the Great Big Read.

Selfies, blog posts and film clips are just a few of the ways people can share their favourite book with others as part of Norfolk’s Great Big Read.  Norfolk’s Library and Information Service is inviting people to take a selfie with their favourite book, write book reviews and send them to the Norfolk Loves Books blog.

Every County Council library in Norfolk is taking part in the campaign, which ends on Saturday 25 April, and is aimed at getting everybody to borrow a book, read it and share a love of reading.

The Norfolk Loves Books blog will be a one-stop shop for information throughout Norfolk's Great Big Read. It will include details of Community Reads arranged to encourage as many members of local communities as possible to read the same book and share their thoughts on it.

A number of Shared Reading sessions, aimed at bringing people together to share stories and poems and discuss them in a friendly group setting, will also be held at libraries around the county.

World Book Night on 23 April will bring the event to a close with a Murder Mystery evening at the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library from 6pm to 7.30pm. For more information email

It’s free to join the library and free to borrow books, ebooks and magazines. DVDs, console games and CDs can also be borrowed at reasonable prices. For more information about library services, how to join and events, ask at your local library or visit or or