I've been writing the second part of a fantasy trilogy. None of it's published at this point, but for the last few weeks it's been hard going. Partly because during the whole Christmas and New Year period there's been an awful lot of stuff going on, and partly because although I know exactly where this … Continue reading When You Have to Rearrange Your Story
Now that Frontier Defiant is finally launched and winging its way through the world, I've taken the opportunity to do a little more reading. Often when I'm editing or writing furiously, I read stuff that's familiar - old favourites, like Terry Pratchett, Anne McCaffrey, or Brandon Sanderson. I like a good comfort read, rediscovering old … Continue reading Catching Up on Reading and Other Stuff
Last weekend marked the end of our local production of The Sound of Music. After six months of hard work, eight shows, and eight standing ovations, we turned the local high school hall back into a hall, and left the mountains of Austria. I spent the months pretending to be Sister Margaretta, while helping teach … Continue reading Finally Back and Writing Again
I'm really looking forward to seeing the new Star Wars Movie. I was twelve when the first Star Wars movie was released. I remember going to the theatre with my brother, who was seven at the time, and being astounded by the special effects, and the sheer hugeness of what I was seeing on the … Continue reading The New Star Wars Movie
I'm in quite a number of groups on both Facebook and Goodreads. Some are writers groups, others are genre specific. I write speculative fiction, currently science fiction, and I've been pondering the myriad of sub-genres in the world of speculative fiction and the place of YA in current speculative fiction reading and writing. There are … Continue reading Reading Is Like A Smorgasbord
I've had a flat out week. It's been a real doozy. I went over to Swancon last week, and participated as a panellist and the paperback version of Frontier Resistance was officially released as well, and then this weekend has been the critique and winner reveals of Freshly Squeezed Reads #c1blitz. Swancon was great. I … Continue reading Swancon and the #c1blitz!
My blog feels a bit neglected at the moment, so my apologies for not updating for a couple of weeks. I usually post every Sunday night. Over the last few weeks our family has been rather busy. We've had the kids go back to Uni, my sister visit from the UK, Dad had an angiogram … Continue reading Ups and Downs and All Kinds of Stuff
Yesterday our daughter and I were sitting down having coffee with my parents. Dad's always been a fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy, as are both of our kids. It was recently our son's birthday, and since I knew that he didn't have a paperback set of The Hunger Games books, we decided to give … Continue reading Why It’s A Good Idea To Read Book 1 First
One of the things I've learnt since my publishing journey began, is that I'm not that great at first pages or back cover blurbs. I'm lucky that I have a publisher who looked past my first chapter and read the whole story and thought it had enough potential to publish - something that many publishers wouldn't have … Continue reading Manuscript First Pages – Things I’ve learnt along the way.
It's only a few days now until Frontier Resistance is published, and apart from thinking about that, I've been thinking about cats. Why might you ask? I think it's because I enjoy writing about them, and they form a very important part of the Frontier Series. I am, very definitely, a cat person. Even now … Continue reading Cats