Another year. What are you hoping to achieve in 2017? #amwriting

another year over

January 1st 2014 was a bit different to all my previous new years. I decided it was long overdue that I did something about my parked and buried writing dreams. I bought a journal, and I wrote stuff in it. I wrote down exactly what I wanted to achieve. And what I wanted to achieve was … Continue reading Another year. What are you hoping to achieve in 2017? #amwriting

Publishing a book with KDP Paperback (Beta) #amwriting #KDP


MY EXPERIENCE WITH KDP PAPERBACK PUBLISHING (BETA) There is a new option with Kindle direct publishing to add a print book along with your ebook through their site. Formerly, most people would add a print version of their book via CreateSpace, a subsidiary of Amazon. Now you have the option to do this directly via KDP … Continue reading Publishing a book with KDP Paperback (Beta) #amwriting #KDP

FORMATTING A PRINT BOOK #amwriting #bookformatting #KDP

Formatted book

FORMATTING A PRINT BOOK Formatting a print version of your novel can be tricky, so when it came to tackling my own book I approached this task with caution. I own a kindle so I was comfortable in self-formatting the ebook version, and have been putting my own books on a kindle for review purposes for many years. Printing a … Continue reading FORMATTING A PRINT BOOK #amwriting #bookformatting #KDP

For SF&F Writers. Building Believable Worlds Part 4: Antagonists and Enemies

Great article and great tips 🙂

Notes From The Slush Pile


Lets talk bad guys. Most stories have one. Well crafted or otherwise, speculative fiction is full of them. Not that any one actual character is essential as the obstacle the protagonist has to overcome. Sometimes its simply the environment they’re in, other times its a whole alien species in the vein of StarshipTroopers or Ender’s Game. Maybe the story is more reflective, and the protagonist is on a voyage of self-discovery in which the only real obstacle to them achieving their goal is themselves.

While reading for Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, I’ve come across all of the above, and they each have their own merits and drawbacks. The main trade off I’ve found with stories of these types is that they tend to be able to bring forth more intellectually complex and morally ambiguous plot development than the simple good vs. evil narrative, but in doing so…

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16 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for November

A couple of great lists for the last 2 years. Looking forward to the 2017 version...