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Wishlist

This is my current July 2016 wishlist, in no particular order. WARNING: there may be swears ahead. There might also be some politics. For people to stop fucking killing each other For my local car dealership to sort out its customer service and when I complain about its customer service for the manager there not…

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Keeping on keeping on 

It’s heading up for a decade since I was first published and there have been ups and downs but there is much to celebrate. There are a number of landmark celebration blog posts on their way. But in the meantime, here’s my latest YouTube video. Stephen King, showing how it’s done. A completely natural storyteller.…

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Nothing new under the sun

I’m often asked by writing students about copyright and plagiarism, and the best ways to make sure no one steals your ideas. It’s something that beginners seem unduly concerned about. I’m not saying it can’t happen but I’ve never really worried. I know a lot of writers and I understand the mindset; the very last thing…

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The Troll at Christmas, post 3

I got all excited in the pub last night, when someone suggested that my TROLL novella might be the first social media thriller. They said they’d never heard of anything similar, so I immediately needed to find out if they were right. I didn’t think it was likely but always worth checking these things out…. The first…

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THE TROLL at Christmas: Post 2

My apologies, folks. I had promised to post this yesterday and ended up out with friends for most of the day and all evening. So here it is now. Chapter 1 of the the first novella in my TROLL series. Chapter 2 will be up early evening today. Enjoy…  The book is currently available  on amazon…

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The Troll at Christmas

If you are a regular reader of this blog, or my facebook and twitter feeds, then you won’t have been able to miss that, this year, I wrote and published a trilogy of thriller novellas called THE TROLL. What you might not know is that the first story in the series is a Christmas story. Perhaps not quite so…

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A new breed of social media?

So, today I came across tsu. This is a new social media site that looks a lot like facebook but appears to behave more like YouTube, with users keeping rights to the content they post and being paid a share of any related advertising revenue. Sounds pretty cool, right? Apparently, facebook have blocked tsu and you can’t…

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So, you want to be a writer?

I came across a video on YouTube today, a TED talk by Nathan Filer that pretty much said everything about writing a first novel that I would ever want to say. It’s perfect. You can watch it yourself, below. But to pick out a few key points. Your debut novel is unlikely to be your…

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In other news. The Troll.

The latest book in my TROLL series is out now, on Amazon. To celebrate, the first book is currently free on Amazon UK, and the second is reduced to 99p. Fill yer boots, ducks. If you’re USA based, watch this space.

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