Thursday, June 16, 2016

A While Between Drinks

... yes indeed it is, but I'm happy to report that the story I mentioned in the last post has been accepted by Aurealis. I've been trying on-and-off for a few years to get into that mag so it's nice to finally succeed. When I find out which issue and when it's coming out I'll be sure to post it here for your perusing pleasure.

I'm also reading Stephen King's On Writing at the moment. It's been on my hit-list for several years. Lots of really good advice, some of which I've heard before and some of which is totally new. I should add that I don't agree with everything he says. The more I go on in this writing game the more I realize how important it is to distinguish between good writing advice and an individual author's personal taste. Often the two things get intertwined to the point you can't tell them apart.

That said, it's an excellent book and I would happily recommend it.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Still Here...

Salutations faithful blog reader. Yes, it's been just over a year since my last post, which I'm sure is a huge no-no in the book of blog-writing etiquette. And yet here I am posting once again, and it's very nice to be back.

"What has happened in the last year?" I hear you cry. Lots, but not a lot of writing. Part of that was due to my lack of motivation after Shamblers was rejected. Part of it was due to life just getting busy. We're in a new house now and there's lots to do, and those young boys who used to go to bed faithfully at 7.30 are getting older and staying up later. All of it chews into writing time, alas.

The good news is that this year I've set a goal to get back into writing again. I've already submitted a short-story to Aurealis, fingers crossed, and I've started writing a new novel which I have to say I'm enjoying more and more as each chapter oozes onto the page. With a bit of luck I might have something ready to submit by the end of the year.

I'm also hoping to shop Shamblers around to more places. I might be biased, but I think it's a pretty good story, and I'm sure there are lots of readers out there who would feel the same.

So that's my update. If the stars align, I might post another before a whole year goes by.