Category Archives: Somebody Has To Say It

Conflict: How Much Is Enough?

Conflict: how Much Is Enough?
Quite some time ago, Veronica Singleton (@mauied92) asked me if I’d guest blog on a writing-related topic. I agreed, thinking November was such a long way away, and of course, as is nearly always the case, it then rolled around with incredible speed. I’d spent a month frenetically finishing Deathhawk’s Betrayal for submission to Voyager, who were accepting unagented queries for their digital imprint, when suddenly I realised I still needed a topic.

Thus it was that in the space of a few days I had to come up with a topic, write it and send it across. You can find the result, a discussion of conflict in the written story, here

In case you missed it, my short story, A Magical Melody, is available as part of the newly-released Spells: Ten Tales of Magic ebook anthology, available on Amazon and Smashwords.


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The Anubis Gates: Club Fantasci Hangout

The Anubis Gates: Club Fantasci
Club Fantasci convened by Google+ Hangout on Saturday night to discuss The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers. Discussions ranged from the evocative quality of the descriptions, to issues with plot pacing – too fast, just right? It got a bit Goldilocks and the Three Bears there for a bit. Then Dionne got philosophical and existentialist when she decided to turn the discussion to time paradoxes, to the point where I suggested she might be better off having the conversation with a scientist who specialises in that field, instead of poor little me! 

When we unveiled next month’s book, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice, the conversation got a bit naughty and turned to foot fetishes and whipped cream. 

You can find the whole discussion here

Reviews by the hosts will also shortly be available at the Club Fantasci website, and don’t forget to stop by Goodreads and join the Club Fantasci discussion boards.  


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Rude Monkeys and the Power of Twitter

As you know, I didn’t blog much for a few weeks there. You may or may not know that was due to working frantically on my manuscript, Deathhawk’s Betrayal, to submit to Harper Collins Voyager, who were accepting unagented submissions for their new ebook imprint, and then finishing A Magical Melody for inclusion in Spells: Ten Tales of Magic

Now both those tasks are complete, I’ve been blogging like mad, both on my own blogs, and guest blogging for others. 

Here are two guest blogs I’ve done in the last week:

I Saved My Banana For You for Erica Lucke Dean, a tale about a naughty monkey who might be excited to see you – or maybe he just has something his pocket. Like… a banana. 

102nd Post for Mark Brassington – a look at Twitter and what it means to me – and probably many other writers as well.

Also, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, an anthology edited by Rayne Hall (also editor of the anthology in which my short story will appear), is free at Amazon from 23 – 27 October. You can find it here for US Kindle and here for UK Kindle. 


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Hooking the Reader Effectively: What Is A Hook?

Hook
Hooks. How many times do you hear people ask the question – what’s your hook?

Do you know what your hook is? How many hooks do you have, and how many do you need? Are they in the right places? And for that matter, what the hell is a hook anyway?

For answers to these questions and more, check out my guest post for Sherry Soule (@WriterSherry) here.
Not this kind of hook – although I suppose it might work!

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The Rose Garden – Microfiction

The Rose Garden
I don’t write much short fiction. My flash fiction frankly sucks, and I greatly admire those who can manage to write good flash fiction. I have never written microfiction – this one just came to me, and demanded to be written. And since I have nothing better to do with it, I might as well share it.

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The rose garden was dying.
She stared out the window, at her husband, watering the front garden; a garden where no roses grew. Once, she had compared herself to a  friend. I am a rose garden, she had said, and you a cactus. Where you can survive on what little moisture you find, I require frequent watering. 
Now, the ground had baked and cracked; the roses wilted, and died.


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