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July Blog: Put the Draft Down

I was about to start draft three of Attrition, in fact I had technically started it, when I realised I wasn’t following my own advice of taking time between drafts. So I closed the file and put the hardcopy away. There’s never a shortage of writing tasks to do or ideas to follow up on and as it happens I…

June Blog: Home and Away

June has been fairly chaotic, primarily because I’m in the middle of selling my home and buying to a new one. This has been a decision with a lot of mixed feelings. I currently live in a lovely Victorian redbrick terrace, full of character and charm, that I’ve been in for the last 8 years and was the first house…

May Blog: Bye Bye Baby

As the flowers blossom and bloom all round me on my daily walks with Cody it seems somewhat at odds with my current writing practise. Rather than growing, I seem to constantly be cutting at the moment. It’s all part of my paring the story back and starting the story later routine, although now I’m worried that I’ve been over…

February Blog: The Time It Takes

I finally finished the first draft of Attrition in mid-February and to say I was delighted is an understatement. It was a long slog just to get the first draft done, far longer than I had anticipated, especially compared to Bitten By A Dog On Tuesday (the first draft of which I wrote in 6 weeks). At present I have…

January Blog: One Hundred Thousand Words

I’m happy to report that January has turned out to be a hugely productive for me, writing wise at least. I was too busy to have the January Blues and if anything, the long month meant that I actually got more work done! That’s not to say that what I’ve done will be winning a Pulitzer anytime soon but I’ve…

November Blog: A Change of Plan

Attrition continues to move in the right direction although I’ve conceded that I won’t get the first draft completed within 2018, barring a Christmas miracle. It really has become an action of attrition itself, in every sense of the word. Sometimes it feels as though the characters are goading me on “come on, I dare you to finish this” so…

October Blog: In a Glass Darkly

With Halloween on the horizon I’ve recently been reading In a Glass Darkly, a collection of short stories by Sheridan Le Fanu. Le Fanu was a Victorian Irish writer who mostly wrote gothic horror and mystery. One of his best known works, Carmilla, comes from this collection of supernatural stories. Carmilla is an early work about vampires and pre-dates fellow…

September Blog: A Tale of Three Halves

We’re well into my favourite time of year; between now and January is usually my ideal season. I know it’s probably not the most popular opinion but I’m glad the summer is over. There seems to be a backlash against “fetishising” autumn, which is understandable when every second thing is pumpkin spice this and that, but that doesn’t mean that…

August Blog: Boy Pets Dog

While they may sometimes seems like interminable months I’m forever grateful for the 31st days, especially when I haven’t gotten around to updating my blog. That 31st day is a procrastinator’s dream and I (at least in my mind) join in the chorus line of Les Misérables in proclaiming One Day More. To be fair, this month has been busy.…

July Blog: Let Hope Eclipse Fear

  During July I was a guest on Indulge in Writing, a new online group for writers at all stages in their careers. Indulge in Writing is run by Sharon Thompson, author of The Abandoned, which launched at #1 in Kindle Irish Crime Fiction earlier this year and she has been signed for a further two crime novels. Sharon is…