It's Been a Long Week

My kids are on school holidays, and while they've been as good as a couple of kids can be, they also require most of my time. If I don't take them out and keep them active, then they turn to destruction. Add a 21-month-old to the mix and you're in for trouble.

What does this mean? Not a lot of time to work on your books.

Regardless of my lack of writing time, we've had some fun. We took a trip into the city and watched a couple of street shows we came across. There were a French acrobat and an amusing English magician. The kids laughed a lot, but most of his (adult) jokes went flying over their little heads.
We've also visited a pop-up petting farm in the nearby mall, which kept them occupied playing with chickens and piglets a couple of times. I won't lie to you. I did consider which I might take home for dinner when I started to get hungry...

I haven't had the chance to read very much this week, which is disappointing. I finished off listening to the audiobook of The Fold, a book I started quite a while ago and only just got back to this week. I liked the science and story but wasn't a massive fan of the ending. Overall an enjoyable read/listen.

I've watched even less television (or research as I like to call it) this week. The penultimate episode of the first season of Limitless was a great one. I'm looking forward to the finale next week and hoping it doesn't end on a frustrating cliffhanger. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers that don't give you anything. I like to be shown the shocking moment and left to ponder how it will affect the characters. I don't like the "she opened the door and..." kind at all.

How about you? What's your thoughts on cliffhangers?

While I didn't get much writing done, I have fit in a bit of revision. I found this little piece of dialogue from Escalation Force that made me chuckle. I know that laughing at your writing is a bit self-indulgent, but I've seen authors do worse. Trust me. Let me know what you think of it over on the Twitters.

See you next time.

Game of Thrones S6 (Trailer 2)

How amazing does season 6 look?

Will we finally get confirmation of R+L=J?

I have a sneaky feeling we'll see the flashback leading up to young Ned going inside, but then the Nights King will interupt Bran before he sees the truth about what happened inside.

I can't wait!

Writing Out Loud


In the past I've attempted to blog on my author website, But the truth is, I just didn't like blogging. Nor did I have the time, or patience to blog enough to build a blog following.

I've decided to do a live journal to share the things I want to say, when I want to say them.

I guess I'll just discuss my books, writing, reading and television. Probably eating and drinking wine too. That about covers my entire life!

In regards to my books...

Escalation Force (working title) has been a slow process compared to my first novel Sixth Cycle.It probably has to do with the time travel aspects (spoilers) of EF and the multiple time periods and versions of characters. Real life has also slowed it down (the latest delays caused by some kidney issues) and looking after Captain Destruction (my toddler son) on a daily basis.

That being said, I'm in the final stages of the rough draft and will be moving into revisions (with help of a friend and bestselling sci-fi author with a great eye for detail) in the coming weeks. I don't know if EF will be published under the Phalanx Press independentimprint (like Sixth Cycle) or whether I'll attempt to sell it to a larger traditional publishing house. The later does seem the likely plan at this stage. I'll decide once revisions are finished.
I have decided on a final title for EF, which I'll reveal once a decision is made for the books release.

Sixth Cycle has been out for a while now, and while we've been happy with the sales in ebook and audiobook formats since it's release. BUT I'm always looking to take the next step. That is in the works at the moment, and I'll update you when I have news I can share.

On the box...

I recently watched the three part Childhood's End mini series (adapted from the Arthur C Clarke novel) and thought it was excellent. I'd never read the novel, so didn't know much about it. I loved the reveal at the end of part one, and thought Charles Dance did an amazing job. Great series that you should check out if you haven't.

I also got done with the 8 part mini series 11.22.63, adapted from Stephen Kings book of the same name. I read the book a while ago but didn't enjoy it much, and felt it was about 300 pages too long. The series was well made with some good acting (Franco especially) and felt it was a tight story and done well. Check it out if you haven't seen it.

Limitless is nearing the end of it's first season. It's quickly become my favourite show on tv. I liked the movie, but the show has more humour and better characters. Great characters are key for me, so it's a must watch.

Finally, Game of Thrones season 6 is super close to release. I'm a big fan of the show (not as big as my pal Darren who loves magic and dragons) and I'm really looking forward to seeing what they do this year.

That's it for today.