Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Book 3

Book 3 should be out by now, though I haven't had a chance to slip into the local bookshop and check. So if you've been desperate to get your hands on it your long and agonizing wait should now be over ... or will be in a day or so. I hope you find it worth the wait.

It's always a good feeling when that big box of books comes in the post and you can stack them all on the shelf and admire them. It's a goal achieved and a dream come true. I'll be proud of it for the rest of my life. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013


I'm currently writing two books at once. I'm sure that somewhere in the writing advice annals this is classed as a Bad Idea but I'm doing it anyway. My problem is I have two stories rattling around in my brain and I can't choose between them. So, ever the pragmatist, I'm writing both. In my lunch-breaks I take a notebook and pen, find a nice spot to sit (away from smokers, quite difficult in the Adelaide CBD) and write a thousand words of a science fiction story I've been planning since about 1982. Then in the evening, when the boys have gone to bed, I fire up the laptop and do another thousand words, this time on a kind of paranormal comedy inspired by a short story I had published a few years back.

And they're both working out quite well, if I say so myself.

My aim, as I think I've repeatedly said on this blog, is to have something ready to deliver to my long suffering publisher no later than the end of this year. Seeing as it's impossible to both write and edit two 80,000 word manuscripts in that time, my plan is to finish both rough drafts then decide which one I'll invest the editing time in for the remainder of the year. I think it might be tough decision, and I can see it coming down to a coin toss, or maybe something a little more scientific like the examination of a few tea leaves or the pattern made by pigeon dropping on the pavement. Whatever happens, and whichever of the two I choose, I'll still have the other manuscript tucked away to work on at a later date.

And did I mention short stories? I'm writing a few of those too. In all my spare time.