Convention, Writing

Fantasycon in Chester

Things have been quiet on here this year as I am mainly working on the first draft of my novel. I'm about 30,000 words in and it's a beast of burden: so different to writing short stories, so much planning and pushing through the mediocre draft and constantly changing world-building. I'm enjoying the world-building more… Continue reading Fantasycon in Chester

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Writing

Winter Tales anthology now on sale

The much anticipated Fox Spirit anthology Winter Tales has been released today. Buy it on Amazon UK  or Amazon US My featured story 'Yukizuki' was heavily inspired by the long Hokkaido winters during the 3 years I lived in Japan as well as my love of yokai. Margrét Helgadóttir was a dream editor and a lovely… Continue reading Winter Tales anthology now on sale

Writing

Sirens anthology

Just a quick update. My hardboiled P.I. story 'One More Song' has been accepted for the World Weaver Press anthology, Sirens. Editor Rhonda Parrish has been doing a really interesting series of anthologies called Magic Menageries. The first was Fae, then Corvidae and last year Scarecrow. I only learnt about this through Manchester Speculative Fiction… Continue reading Sirens anthology

Writing

Spirit of Regret acceptance

My Vietnamese fantasy story "Spirit of Regret" has been accepted for publication in Insignia's South-East Asian Fantasy Stories. I wrote it after living and working in Vietnam. In the cities, the young couples would sit in yoghurt shops and cafes reading manga and barely talking to each other and it inspired this story. There are also more motorbikes than… Continue reading Spirit of Regret acceptance

Musings

Discovery

I have recently joined a book group and members had commented on their interest in my choice in books, due to having a degree in English Literature and as a writer. This offhand comment intrigued me a lot as I do not consider myself any more qualified to chose or critique a book compared to… Continue reading Discovery

Writing

Genre geek

The SFX Weekender convention in Pontins, Camber Sands was surprisingly good. OK I'll admit I was a bit apprehensive because the only other convention I've been to was mainly populated by older male fans who were very serious about their SF. The SFX Weekender was surprisingly young. I would have guestimated mainly in their 20-30s… Continue reading Genre geek