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While my Guitar Gently Wept

Some dear friends bought me a guitar today as a leaving present. I say they bought it me today, but in reality, today was merely the day I took receipt of her. She had enjoyed a journey of over twenty thousand miles over a period of twelve months for us to be finally united in […]

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Inspiration

“If you wait for inspiration to write you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.” Dan Poynter I was thinking about inspiration yesterday, while struggling with a weighty chapter in my latest writing project. It’s a science fiction novel and has way more complexity and depth than anything I have written so far. I often find […]

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Every day is a school day

I have been writing for a little over six months now. I had always wanted to write a book/novel but life (as usual) got in the way. I would always bitch about how poor some of the books I would read really were, and my wife would always tell me, “well then, write one better […]

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A Surcease of Sorrow

Chapter 1 Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore. While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping… Three o’clock in the morning found me running through the deserted streets carrying only my cane and brown leather medical bag. The […]

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Latest book release now available

“A Surcease of Sorrow” is now available on Amazon in both ebook and paperback. Also available on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and others. “On the night of 3rd October 1849, the poet and author Edgar Allen Poe was found, raving and in clothes not his own, outside a tavern in Baltimore’s seventh ward. He […]

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About to publish my latest book….

My second book (first novel) is about to be self-published. The book is a horror story set in 19th century America, based around the true but mysterious last days of the poet Edgar Allen Poe. Still working on final formatting and synopsis but thought it would be good to share the draft book cover and […]

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Great twitter feed

This is a great twitter account to follow. Suzie Dent is a lexicographer and host on the UK show Countdown. She posts a “word of the day,” usually unusual, archaic or just interesting. Give her a follow!

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Free photos for self-publishing authors

If you haven’t already done so, check out “unsplash” the site provides free of use, commercial and non-commercial use of high quality photos. The search engine works great too. Permission for use isn’t needed, although attribution of the artist is requested. https://unsplash.com/

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Helping writers become authors

Credit to @KMWeiland for this insightful blog that I reference when writing. I am a big fan of Orson Scott Card (although he has some strange views around religion that I disagree with). One of my favourite go-to books is Speaker for the Dead. I use this novel structure taken from examples in Ender’s Game […]

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Mistakes were Made

Available now in the Amazon stores worldwide. In a year that most of the world would spend in pyjamas, we decided to give up great jobs, sell our house and everything else we owned, and move from the United States to the Mediterranean idyll of Spain, all amidst the deadliest global pandemic since 1918. This […]

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