Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain


Hi guys!

It’s that time of year again where dressing up as your favourite demon, vampire or monster is completely acceptable and fun to do.

Same couldn’t be said for my characters in Pandora’s Kiss as at this time they came face to face with the Moirai  in a graveyard. They’d released an Automaton as a welcoming present. Nice sense of humour. It has to be said. 

Automatons get used a lot, I know. I have a feeling that it is all set to change in the near future.

What Halloween fun have you been having? My younger brother and sister have been dressing up, attending school discos and carving pumpkins. My sister drssed up as a dead princess; fake blood, face paint and the lot. My younger brother dressed up as a dead prince with exactly the same face paint and blood. They’ll be out trick or treating later. I hope the doors that they choose to knock on are fully prepared for a fright. If they weren’t my siblings I’d definately be running for the hills. 🙂

And the wait is nearly over. NaNoWriMo is nearly here. As soon as it strikes midnight tonight I will be at my desk. I’ll probably end up procastinating for a short period before I actually write a sentence. That’s always how it goes. The first sentence is always the hardest. After that it’s almost plain sailing.

I’m writing about two characters who are brother and sister. The brother is still battling his demons after getting into trouble with some lads at school and his sister is in turmoil trying to find the best way to help him. I’m not giving too much away. I have it all worked out. Writing it, however is going to be a whole different ball game.

However you decide to celebrate Halloween or Samhain make sure you enjoy yourself. Stay safe.

I’ll be indulging in a bit of either Dracula by Bram Stoker or The Raven by Poe. My cape has been on enough this year.

Until next week,


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Time Goes By… So Slowly


Hi guys!

Just over a week to go before Nano starts. My idea is bubbling away nicely and my outline is ready. The anticipation is killing me.

It’s gotten so bad that I am making song references. This is what happens when my mind isn’t occupied. It runs away with itself and becomes giddy.

Oh well. I guess I am too serious most of the time. It’s about time I loosened up. : )

I have completed a couple of short stories this week. One was about a woman who had planned to kill her husband who had been physically abusing her and her son got a few years. The story starts with her wandering the streets with a gun in her hand and blood on the other. She then disposes of the weapon and waits gar a call from her son before returning home. Whether she was found to be the culprit or not remains a mystery but I did feel the relief she felt at not having to look over her shoulder every five minutes. The second one focused on d woman who set up her own spirituality business after leaving her job as an editor at a publishing house after her husband revealed he was gay. They’d been married five months before divorcing. She’d been ashamed and so took solace before deciding to open her own shop.

Not my usual works but interesting.

I’d set myself a challenge to write more short stories in the run up to Nano as I struggle with them and even though I’ve only written a couple it’s still a lot more than I’d usually write. I have another one planned involving a young girl who finds that she has no beating heart (impossible to happen but vital for the story to work). It’s going to be a horror but so far that is the only noteworthy thing that makes it horrific. Aside from the fact that she can see the Undead.

I do have concerns about my NaNo Novel as the outline has raised some strong themes that might upset, anger or appall when all they are meant to do is raise awareness of all those problems.


The waiting game continues!

Until next time.

Have a great week,


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The Road To NaNoWriMo


Hi guys!

It’s hard to believe that nearly twelve months has passed since the last National Novel Writing Month but alas, it has.

Are you thinking of taking part in NaNoWriMo? Is the thought of hitting 50,000 words daunting to you?

Fear not.

Here are some of my tips to get you through;

1. Outline –

I’m not an outliner. Usually I tend to just go with the flow of things and follow my nose as well as my thoughts. With only having 30 days to write in it’s useful to have some sort of ‘map’ to guide you. Working from the blank page alone each time without the guarantee of a muse can be incredibly hard at best. Without one, there is always a risk of burning out. You might be on a roll all the way to Chapter Six but by that time your ideas might dry up. NaNo is a great excuse for practising outlining for me. Sometimes I forget just how useful it can be.

2. Commit Yourself –

Just like losing weight or starting a new hobby writing takes commitment. You can do many things but without it your ambition will fizzle into nothing. In order to succeed you have to make sure you plan your time efficiently. If you say you are going to write at such and such a time make sure you sit down and do it. Turn off your mobile, disconnect from Facebook and Twitter and switch yourself off from any distractions. It always helps to have a ritual. I make myself a hot drink before I start and read what I wrote the day before. It helps to refresh your memory and can stir up some new ideas that you weren’t aware of before. Bottom line; whatever you set yourself to, stick to it.

3. Set A Reasonable Word Count

The maximum word count required to reach 50,000 is 1,667 a day but many people use that as a guideline and write more. Some write 500 words on a lunch break, another when they get home and then before they go to bed. Some write straight for a couple of hours. As long as it is manageable it is doable. Don’t aim too high. The disappointment might knock you off course. I aim for the guideline and if I hit that I question how further I can go. That differs from person to person. Do what feels best for you.

4. Give Yourself Permission To Write Terribly

For any hopes of a successful draft you have to shut off that inner critic along with your inner editor. Many writers fall at this hurdle because they struggle to write absolutely awful. You can strive for perfection later on. Get the words down onto the page. Those words will build up into a novel in good time. We, as writers, focus on perfection and that’s ok. It will come of use later when editing.

5. Don’t Forget To Enjoy The Process –

Writing is meant to be fun, not a chore.

I hope this can be of some use to you.

Saying a big hello to my new followers. Nice to have you on board.

Have agreat week!


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Finished Manuscripts


Hi guys!

I have finally managed to finish my Work In Progress, my novel, Pandora’s Kiss.

The one above is my handwrriten draft –

Pages – 142
Words – Unknown

The one below is my typed draft –

Pages – 260
Words – 85,939

I originally finished it last week but didn’t post what with introducing the Protectors of Aidan.

Now it is all tucked away in one of my drawers in my study. I have taken a week off to give my brain a bit of time to think of other things other than writing. That, in itself, has been very difficult. To work on something for three months without a break and then to come away into not having anything occupying your brain is truly odd.

That’s not to say that I’ve not thought about it. The odd idea has flitted through the net once or twice but nothing outstanding has hit me as of yet.

With National Novel Writing Month just around the corner maybe it’s just as well.

Maybe short story writing might be something to practise while I wait patiently for NaNoWriMo. It’s never been one of my strong points.

Have a great week!