New Kickstarter Alert
Morning folks, a heads up (and apologies to the returnees who get this three times in variants over different campaigns!)
I have a new Kickstarter out. This one is a... Read more
I need your help! 16 days to go on A World of Strange New Things
Now I'm actually sending out books, I wanted to remind people that I have other projects in the works. If you haven't already, do please take a look and pledge... Read more
The Ashteraiverse Now Has a Facebook Group!
I've finally set up an official Facebook group (because that's where everyone seems to live) for the Ashteraiverse. Everyone is welcome, there will probably be spoilers but I'm keen to... Read more
Here we go again!
Beloved Team, you remain awesome and one of the fund things about being me is I can't just focus on one thing, I have to have several pans on the... Read more
Thank you to Team Changing!
This is the traditional season for merriment, I'm in the middle of writing an Apocalypse Weird book called The Fractured Mirroras well as finishing off other bits and pieces... Read more
I wanted to post this because it's awesome ...
I'm joining a roster of amazing authors for The Zombie Chronicles, an anthology of stories about the undead which will be coming out in the spring and edited by... Read more
TV, backers and radio, oh my!
Just a quick update for you, Team. Remember, if you want to keep in touch with what's happening, most of the blog posts are now over on the Parting campaign... Read more
Whispers and the Book Designer blog ...
After being put onto the competition by Scarlett, the Book Designer posted the results today and her Whispers cover got a nice mention. I've also put Jason's cover for Changing... Read more
Hey I'm in the paper ...
Team, come on over to the Parting side. I miss my team and I'd love it if you guys would come join my new campaign. Pledge as much as you... Read more
So okay make that now!
Folks, we've levelled up. Ahead of schedule I've just put the Kickstarter campaign for Parting live:
I look forward to seeing you there, it's going to be a while... Read more
T-minus tomorrow(ish): Metafiction (A Chaya Jordan Story)
Well okay, tomorrow is a lose interpretation of GMT (most of the world runs on American time, apparently) and I shall probably put it live later today. Why? Well I don't... Read more
T-minus two days: Do you wanna see the video?
I have Frozen in my head this morning. I am truly sorry.
Adriano spent yesterday battling compression issues (last time I didn't need to pay attention to the fact there... Read more
T-minus three days: And here comes the anxiety
My life seems spent in an almost permanent state of anxiety. I'm not sure how much I can blame on me, on being highly strung or on the Asperger's but... Read more
T-minus four days: Who the heck are these people and where are we going?
Books are half-formed things until the moment they get uploaded or printed. I can see the shape of it now we are:
My plan for the weekend is to sit... Read more
T-minus five days: Beyond the Stars Beneath the Sea
Today, let's talk the perks of being a member of Team Parting. Frankly I need to talk about something as my eldest feline is at the vets undergoing a minor... Read more
You know what they say about working with animals?
I've seen a rough cut of the video Adriano is putting together. One thing has become clear, as adorable as my canine partner in crime is, she has less patience... Read more
T-minus six days: Introducing add-ons and the nature of self-belief
Yesterday I said the Kickstarter was about the book an I meant it. I want the focus to be on getting copies of Parting(and whenever I say that, please... Read more
Review, review, review!
If you've finished Changing, I'd love it if you could leave a review on the book's paperback page (because the two are connected, it will also show up... Read more
T-minus seven days: Choose your rewards!
The only thing I wanted to offer people as we go into this second campaign is a bit more choice. So some people might want print editions, some digital and... Read more
T-minus eight days: Have an excerpt ...
Here, I present for your edification, the opening paragraphs of The Parting of the Waters. This is from An'she's perspective (her full name is Andellashe; no one ever seems... Read more
T-minus ten days!
In ten days The Changing of the Sun will be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world!
In ten days The Parting of the Waters will go live on Kickstarter!
In eleven days... Read more
Back in the world of the living ...
So I had three migraines this week. This is three more than I ever want to have again (esp as there was an even period of 'feeling okay' between them).... Read more
An addendum to the expenses (aka the Final Accurate What I Spent Edition) ...
I just wanted to update this in lieu of the actual proof costs/mailing (I initially put a set amount aside, yeah that didn't work ...) So here is the actual... Read more
There's no point of me doing an unboxing. So pictures!
I just sent out eight copies: Four to the UK, three to the US and one to Australia. It cost... Read more
The fascinating world of international shipping
Hey look, my parcel was shipped at stupid o'clock on Monday (early yesterday) from the US of A and is due to be with me today. How cool is that?... Read more
First day printing ...
I just checked DHL and my 15 copies of Changing(for promotional purposes/the folks without e-readers) will be here by end of Thursday. This is awesome as it means I... Read more
Video update ...
I have a stinking migraine (I have no idea what Sumatriptan will do to me either), a yowling Dion (who is locked in due to someone trying to adopt him... Read more
Two weeks to go ...
Team, I'm starting to get excited. Not just about the official launch of Changing (fifteen days, folks! Two weeks!) but also the prospect of another roller coaster of a Kickstarter... Read more
Seven months and we've not even started ...
Adriano's video brought home one thing to me and that's tomorrow marks the seventh month since Changingfunded. In that short span, it's gone from a half-finished third draft to... Read more
Sneak peek: The Parting of the Waters Kickstarter campaign video
Adriano is helping me out with the next campaign video because he gets what it is to be an author thanks to his dad, who is lovely, is a former... Read more
The Parting of the Waters: The last words (barring an epilogue)
I just wrote what will be, bar the epilogue, the last sentence in Parting.
No writer ever means that, it's not technically the last sentence either but it's the... Read more
The Changing of the Sun: Time to be an author!
Today, as well as watching Uni flirt with everyone from the vet to random Starbucks' patrons, I got to finally show off the print version of Changing. It feels... Read more
Hey look I'm an Oracle ...
I predicted the proofs would come and, lo, they have arrived!
It is 645 pages of awesomeness, it is heavy (in fact I recommend the digital version just to save... Read more
An Excerpt from The Parting of the Waters: Darkness Before Dawn
One of these days I'm going to post a spoiler less excerpt, something happy with parties and good stuff. Except those aren't the scenes where stuff happens. This is one... Read more
You know that part on planes where ...
... the nice cabin crew show you what to do in the event of an emergency (aside from die with British dignity and not scream like a child). I always... Read more
In case any of you were wondering ...
Your eyes aren't deceiving you. Yes Changing is available to buy in paperback. Now.
CreateSpace lets me buy up to five proofs. I've bought four of them and... Read more
The Parting of the Waters: The POV Characters
Andellashe—A Seaborn amarai (free-diver) and archeologist. She is a member of the expedition sent to find Danshu and the ruins of Aiaea.
Maros—An engineer and stargazer who is also An’she’s... Read more
While we're waiting, let me introduce you to some friends of mine (or: meeting POV characters)
Now the campaign is officially finished, I'm focusing on Parting. These posts are to bridge the gap, as well as give me something to link to when it comes... Read more
Changing proofs are a go!
Hey look, there's something magical about seeing a Jason Gurley cover in all it's glory. CreateSpace just emailed me to let me know the files had been successfully reviewed and... Read more
CreateSpace review in progress
When you make a book there seems to be a mirror-stage called review. It pops up when you edit, when you need to check the cover sizes and, most importantly,... Read more
Final Changing interior print layout!
Does that collection of words make sense? I don't know, I'm too distracted by the shiny. This, by the way, is the most irritating popup in creation:
Changing backer rewards hitting the US!
Ellen, my erstwhile/long-suffering editor just posted this. She, hilariously, failed to cover her address despite trying so I have, kindly, blanked it out for her. The point is, folks, that... Read more
The Parting of the Waters officially hits the half way mark!
I'm a big fan of Scrivener's project target feature. I hit 70k a few moments ago which means if I actually keep to this word count, we're over half way... Read more
Onwards and upwards
Now that everyone has hopefully got and possibly even started reading their backers rewards, it's time to look past this campaign and into the next one. BTW I'm totally up... Read more
On tiers for the Parting Kickstarter ...
Team, I need your input. Of course, I'm assuming you're going to have some interest in my next Kickstarter, there's no compulsion on you to answer or even pay attention.... Read more
Hey look, it's the first print interior ...
Right Team, homestretch and I'm already tired. I know what I want and now it's the fun of having to communicate that desire secinctly with other people. I don't wonder why... Read more
Backer rewards are starting to arrive ...
Don't mob your postman but physical rewards are starting to arrive for folks in the UK, I dread to think how long folks in Norway and America are going to... Read more
Today's been restful ... but I'm looking forward to getting back into it ...
I spent today binge-listening to the new Seanan McGuire book, The Winter Long, and it was awesome. Except now I have to wait till next September for the next... Read more
The Changing of the Sun: The final numbers
When we started this thing, Team, I expressed my desire to be as accountable as possible, as open and as honest as I could. This, I think, has served me... Read more
Officially taking tomorrow off!
I treated myself to some nice shepherd's pie and a couple of bottles of M&S wine. The plan is to drink, watch Outlander and Bake Off, write and take... Read more
Unis, Guardian of the Posters
I love my dog, especially as now the days are drawing in, she's decided my bed is now hers. Once it really gets cold, D will join her in the... Read more
A thought about the stretch goal for the next campaign ...
I fell in love with one of Jason's concept covers for Partingand asked him, as he was mid-retirement sale (it's done now :(), if he'd sold it yet and,... Read more
Hey look what I got this morning ...
Other Jason has apparently not been eaten by zombie kangaroos (for those who don't get the reference, go forth and read this) which is good for you guys. He's just... Read more
A super-fast update!
Other Jason just emailed me, apologising for falling off the radar. This is why I like him, he's aware when lots of time passes but I am also aware he... Read more
Yep it's the obligatory "Look at all the nicely labeled things ready to be shipped!" post!
I tried to make these as nice as possible. The art cards are getting 'wows' from everyone I show them too. And this is from people with better eyes than... Read more
ART CARDS! All The Things!
Hey look, I don't think anything can best describe my excitement but a video:
or my dread at this:
Actually, do you know what? Having Kalafina's latest album on... Read more
Mocking up the t-shirts
What do you think?
I'm going down to Ink and Stitch this afternoon to see about getting the shirts printed (and maybe a hoodie for me). I have a feeling... Read more
The joy of physical things ...
I try to be a minimalist and I fail. That said, there's something awesome about ordering a slew of stuff with the knowledge it's going to make people happy. I... Read more
A bump in the road ...
Okay first the bad news. I got my art cards orders yesterday and they were supposed to be delivered today. Last night I got an email saying the parcel had... Read more
The final blurb and paperback cover!
The world is shifting and only the blind have eyes to see it.
In a seaside village, a woman has come back from the dead, the only survivor of a... Read more
Shipping notes ...
These lovely cards—one of each of the covers and signed too—will be going out on Friday, subject to the delivery turning up in good time tomorrow. Once they do, I plan on... Read more
A couple of notes and a pre-order link for your friends (along with a plea)
I'm going to keep this short as I just got back from being inked, am running on excess adrenaline, desperately need protein and my right wrist is the one I... Read more
On pricing ...
Earlier I mentioned that I've put Changingup for pre-order (argh, it's still processing, come on!). I was chatting with The Beard a couple of months ago discussing pricing (this... Read more
The Changing of the Sun is coming! We have a release date!
I just put Changing up for pre-order on Amazon. I had no idea you could do that. But hey, look:
Most of this information won't affect Team Changing, you guys... Read more
Housekeeping for Sunday night
I'm still waiting on one, I think, survey and I've emailed those who I need answers from. Backers at Kadian's level you won't get a backer survey as you don't... Read more
Lo ... awesomeness and the trilogy of covers
I cropped the paperback and mosaiced the three images (the t-shirts I have to order will probably look similar to this).
Even better, Jason just sent me the actual e-book... Read more
Feeling the flow ...
Writing is a strange thing. You have good days, awful ones where you can't even look at a screen and then you have the good days when the scenes just... Read more
The Changing of the Sun: A pronunciation guide
While Jason Gurley is tweaking, Ellen is re-reading and I'm watching stuff on YouTube, let's imagine there's going to be an audiobook of Changing(it'll come ... eventually) and I'm... Read more
Whispers copies in the house!
After getting lost, I finally have finished non-proof copies. I must say, CreateSpace were as good as their word: the copies shipped from the States on Wednesday and arrived this... Read more
Ah proofing ...
I don't like proofing, it makes me question my sanity and my Team. This is no reflection on them, no book—as Ellen reminds me—is without errors, without typos that even... Read more
The Changing of the Sun is on the horizon ...
Other Jason @ Polgarus got back to me at lunchtime and has said he hopes to have an initial Kindle version for me by Thursday. I'm not sure if he... Read more
Changing's interior title page
Not a great day. I dithered about whether to talk about this here so instead I'm going to link you to a post on my own blog, as well as... Read more
Days off are made of win ...
It sounds weird but I have a serious problem taking days off. A lot of it is linked to my Aspergers and the rest to my depression (How dare I... Read more
A weekend well spent ...
We had storms and rain today. Not going out weather. That said, much got done. Marina and I have agreed to a figure and I'll pay the invoice as soon... Read more
Action cures fear ...
I've been mulling over this little life quote for a week or so. It comes from Angelia Trinidad, whose Passion Planner was one of the projects I backed last year... Read more
D says: The weekend is for napping ... not working
Uni has gone off on her hols which just feels weird. The Mighty D, as you can tell, really doesn't care and being a total tart of a cat (Un... Read more
How does one sign books ...?
The day when Changing becomes a real thing, an actual book as opposed to the component sum of it's parts, is getting ever closer.
Ellen is on her final pass. I'm labelling Ben's images... Read more
Surveys sent out!
In keeping with the house ... erm keeping ... I've just sent out backer rewards. A reminder:
- I need your name and shipping address for anything physical, this includes postal... Read more
Designing the rewards ...
I was trying to find a good printer. Moo is awesome but doesn't offer enough customisation for something like art cards where I wanted specific things on the back. I... Read more
Soulmates and Sorrows: An excerpt From The Parting of the Waters
I've been working on Partingand it occurs to me that it's been a long time since I posted an excerpt of anything. This is the second chapter and introduces... Read more
D says: "Shouldn't you be writing instead of playing Tomb Raider?"
That's the weird thing about trying to write. I do spend a lot of time trying to coax my muse ... today she's a no-show.
Computer games it is then!
I'd forgotten how funny this was ...
Not really Changing related but, I was reminded of it while writing my post this morning, it's still hilarious. And the worst part is that bits of it are true.... Read more
Why you need an editor ...
Editing is cringe-worthy. It makes me deeply uncomfortable and leaves me stressed to the point of anxiety. Fortunately Ellen is awesome, long suffering and today she has nearly a thousand... Read more
For those of you awaiting physical rewards ...
They are coming. I just realised July has come and gone ... if anyone has seen July please report it missing to your local authorities. Nobody panic!
I am not... Read more
Parting audio and e-book covers and a word from Jason Gurley
I'm so glad it's Monday. Today is my day off so I'm drinking coffee and chilling out. I've gotten my hair cut (bliss) and have cash in my pocket. Little... Read more
On blurbing and making a paperback ...
I'm not feeling so good today, it's a stress reaction which makes me tired, feel crappy and isn't helped by consumption of anything chocolate-related. My anxiety is up, I've spent... Read more
Unexpected and perfect things ...
In between the world's crappest day ever (how does one function when Facebook goes down?), losing a tenner and painting my nails (it's Saturday), I cropped Jason's paperback cover to... Read more
The final (I think) cover for Parting ...
Jason send me this at some point between me falling asleep and Uni waking me up with her yipping at the crack of dawn this morning (anyone who has had... Read more
So, yeah, I like Scrivener a lot ...
I really do love Scrivener THAT much.
I submitted this weeks ago but only now checked that it was live and ... well, looky.
The thing about me is I... Read more
I just finished sending Ellen the last few bits ... a glossary, a discussion of the dedication (which I always find hard to write, I mean who are you supposed... Read more
An update to my earlier post on The Parting of the Waters ...
I'm crap at being clear so I just wanted to reiterate after my earlier post:
- I'll always do one Kickstarter at once; the one for Partingwon't go live until... Read more
Darkness and Light ...
Ben is still making art look gorgeous ... seriously ... how does he make a shot of his computer screen look so damn good?
I REALLY have to stop stalking... Read more
Let's talk The Parting of the Waters for a second ...
Because this is how I function (juggling multiple things at the same time), I've been quietly working on my next Kickstarter, for The Parting of the Waters. I plan... Read more
The Parting of the Waters concepts ... and news from Ben Adams!
Yes, I want to weep with amazement again:
As usual I'm trying to go with my gut reactions. 1 and 2 are clearly in the lead for me. I love... Read more
It's too hot for everything ...
So I ordered stickers from Moo ... I figured it would be a nice touch to put these on copies of Whispers(when they get here) for those folks without... Read more
The final illustrations for The Changing of the Sun
Ben just sent these over. I love them and can't wait to see how they look in the book. They've turned out beautifully ...
So when *is* Changing coming out?
Rob over at ThirdScribe comments on my blogposts; I like this, and he's asked me a very good question. He wants to know when the book is coming out ...... Read more
Perfect writing weather ...
Let the words flow, O Muse, so I can get these two novellas finished and start thinking about The Parting of the Waters. I've been mentally writing scenes for... Read more
Taking stock and liking myself ...
As I look at Jason's glorious cover and he jokes about me sending him bottles of air and using Comic Sans in my next cover (over my dead body), I... Read more
The Changing ebook and audio covers ....
Jason just sent these, as well as offering to accept payment in the form of London Fog (which I misread as London flags ... erm definitely blind then ...) I... Read more
The final Changing cover (with placeholder text)
Look and behold the pretty:
Jason has done an amazing job! I love it.
Saturday stuff ...
Ellen has officially finished her first pass (she normally does three) of Changing! She also has a new computer (a Mac) which means she is awesome and things will... Read more
Some other news ...
Not actually Kickstarter or Changing related but it's still news, right? This was officially leaked yesterday but I wanted to mention it. I'm part of the line up for the ... Read more
Changing covers, round three:
A quick housekeeping note: Whispersis now available in print on Amazon.com and .co.uk! I'm still trying to work out how you tell Amazon that the Kindle book is the same... Read more
Whispers proofs are in the house!
I had a feeling it would be today and lo and behold, they came ... shortly after my keyboard died. Sigh. The proofs are truly things of beauty and will... Read more
There's a reason for proofs ...
I spent yesterday working on the second instalment of my "What I Learned from Kickstarting my Debut Novel" series on Medium. Part one is on the Kickstarter experience, part two... Read more
Proofing with pictures
I love it when the Mighty D tries to 'help' me work. This generally involves motivation to get up (siting on my head and purring into my brain), assisting with... Read more
Much awesomeness ...
First up a Ben Adams sneak peek, from the fourth and fifth panel!
Second of all, I have the files from Scarlett and Other Jason at Polgarus made the e-book... Read more
Changing cover: Second round ...
Jason just got this to me (despite having been at the dentist!) so I'm passing it over. Thoughts?
Final Whispers cover and lovely words from Nick Cole ...
Scarlett has finished! Yes we have a final paperback cover, people!
Other Jason over at Polgarus is in the middle of updating the digital files for me with the new cover... Read more
Changing and Whispers ...
I'm really quite pleased by the nearly final paperback cover for Whispers.
Ellen is now officially into act three and is battling against crappy PC problems but soldiering on.... Read more
Lucky number six ....
I asked Jason for his opinion on which cover was his favourite, mainly because Michael told me that's often how he decides. Designers are designers, authors are authors and sometimes... Read more
On covers blurbs and chilling out ...
I. Took. Last. Night. Off.
To be fair, my editor made me so I can blame her without guilt or reason. I need it though. Do people really do this,... Read more
I really miss the ability to make polls ... (or: let's talk titles)
They used to be everywhere, even on Facebook. Anyhow, now I've got the concepts and am letting them percolate (whilst remembering that for the sake of branding it's going to... Read more
And the first round of concepts for the cover of Changing are in ...
I need to let these sit but behold the awesomeness and do let me know, please Team Changing, which ones you like. I can't say if it will have any... Read more
How do you solve a problem like Lesley ...
One of my problems as an aspie is I'm very impatient and somewhat obsessive. Part of continuing to live in the world is managing my anxiety and stress levels. Cover... Read more
Inching closer ...
I suppose the good thing about making mistakes is I've learned from them, or am learning, to be specific.
Also the e-book cover needs doing first, then the layout and... Read more
Into the summer ...
I've officially opened a new Scrivener file ... do you want to know what it's called? Yes it's The Water Children - Draft 2. Technically it's only a second draft... Read more
The Whispers in the Desert are getting louder by the day ...
Team Changing, regular folk who visit out of curiosity (Hi BTW) and anyone else,
The Whispers in the Desert is finally live as an e-book. It's taken longer than I... Read more
A quick update ...
Yes, summer is here, hot days and long nights! Oh and I officially completed my Creative Writing access course which means I'm no longer a student. Honestly, I'm glad it's... Read more
More minutiae for the weekend ...
Hey look, I stalked Ben Adams' Flickr feed and I found a shiny :D
Hmmmm ... the Great Exodus ...
This morning I sat in Starbucks and worked out two... Read more
A miscellaneous update
A quick update because it's hot and so am I.
- I lost my voice. This has received much mocking and amusement from baristas and my nearest and dearest alike.
- Jason... Read more
Shiny new -- work in progress -- Ben Adams art
Apparently it's Friday which means the weekend is coming. Ben send me another draft and it's of the third panel (the one for act two). This is Aiaea, city of... Read more
In which mistakes are made, lessons are learned and words are written ....
Finishing is not something I like doing, it's means an ending which causes issues with Aspie Me. Yet this weekend was a fruitful one, I sent Changingof to my... Read more
Saiara — Version 2.0
Ben just came back with the second version of Saiara! Want a peek?
Behold the pretty:
The first version is here. I will do a comparison post when Ben gives... Read more
It's 3:23am on Friday 23rd May 2014 and The Changing of the Sun is complete at 147,491 words.
I actually have no words for this ... just the urge to... Read more
All around the world ...
This has been a weird couple of days, on opposite site of the world people are beavering away doing stuff for me. Ellen has just finished Inspiredand I think... Read more
Ben Adams' draft drawing of Saiara
Seriously, check this out. This is a DRAFT - e.g. not the final version - of the first of five drawings Ben Adams is doing for Changing:D While there... Read more
I was blind but now I sorta see ...
This last year has been a weird learning process. I've learned a lot, which makes my life instantly worthwhile. I was talking to three of my best friends about how... Read more
A good writing day ...
Evening Team, I hope the lovely summer's day has treated you well wherever you are!
I've been writing, Like WRITING.
Let me enlarge that for you ...
I started... Read more
A quick thank you and an update
Oh Team Changing, you guys are awesome.
I've contacted Polgarus Studio (recommended by Tim Grahl and Hugh Howey) about getting a print layout for Whispersdone as well as the... Read more
Making headway ... and a question to Team Changing
This is it folks, we're into the second third and the final half of Changing. I'm working on Book III at the moment and this is the part which... Read more
Weaving for a living
Writing is a funny thing. Now I'm into act three it's not about the characters, about setting things up, rather we're starting to tie up loose ends. Act three is... Read more
Hey I wrote a scene ...
The big problem about excess time plus Mirtazipine and a half bottle of wine in the fridge is that it usually leads to brain fog. Brain fog is nasty, it... Read more
A little progress, slow but sure ...
I've written words. I'm making progress and I'm tying loose ends in the form of Darus and Hsia's back story, why Shaari doesn't leave during the Great Exodus and of... Read more
The worlds are just a little numinous ...
I love words. Numinous is one of my favourite, it means to be touched by the divine and I'd never heard it before I discovered Jo Graham's Black Ships (as... Read more
How to finish a novel when you're, at heart, a procrastinator with a closure problem
You remember that scene in The Big Bang Theorywhere Amy tries to help Sheldon deal with his closure issues by not letting him blow out all the candles on... Read more
The day after the night before ...
I sleep well and now it's time to get back to what I term reality, a vague amorphous place divorced from where the rest of you live. Yeah it's book housekeeping... Read more
The obligatory 'this is not filler' post. Seriously.
Lovely Team Changing,
Two good pieces of news.
1) This is the final cover for The Whispers in the Desert:
2) You're going to get Whispers TODAY. In... Read more
This morning I’ve finished the first draft of a new Ashteraiverse short story called Metafiction. As the title suggests, this one is all about telling a story within a... Read more
The Ashteraiverse logo
Adriano has been helping me create the Ashteraiverse logo ... how pretty is this? I can see it on book spines and worked into the covers and, oddly, on business cards... Read more
Whispers is done and I'm in the paper again!
Adriano just sent me this from today's Norwich Advertiser(which I've never heard of but it's a member of the EDP family). The article is identical but it's nice to... Read more
Whispers: The final few tweaks
My poor editor had technical issues easier in the week which mortified her and put us a few days behind. As I understand it Ellen does most of her edits... Read more
A little news coverage!
Today was World Book Day and I went into Norwich City College to give a talk on 'How I Crowdfunded my debut novel' (the link includes both the Powerpoint and a... Read more
Being a grinder
My friend Michael Bunker came up with this term, or at least he's adopted it and made it his own. It refers to a writer who is, basically, prolific. The... Read more
The final "Whispers" cover revealed!
This has been a hectic week. I'm feeling better but I'm going to AFK for the next few days and my medication makes me sleep for 14 hours for the... Read more
Free short story time: "Building Bridges"
So I'm doing coursework for college again (as well as proofing "Whispers", editing Changing and writing a dozen other things I don't have time to be writing)
It's free short... Read more
Hey, look, it's an e-book proof of "Whispers"
I know I'm teasing you ... Ellen just finished her second pass which means I have to re-read "Whispers" this weekend. The sheer fact we've gotten this far is a... Read more
Writing while chronically tired ...
About a month ago, I got sick and then I got sick again, with what amounted to a chest infection. I successfully beat that but I'm still coughing a little,... Read more
A tiny update because I worry that you lot think I've left you ...
I've been busy with college, writing a couple of Ashteriverse short stories, dealing with real life issues and not editing. Bad Lesley. Fortunately the Easter holiday is coming up which... Read more
A small update and another free story :D
Progress is going okay ... it's just slow because I insist on over analysing everything and because Changingwill probably a tad longer than I anticipated. I made a point... Read more
In which my voice is lost but my muse is found
Yeah, it's a vlog. So retro, I know. Blame Hugh Howey.
My Changing of the Sun mood board
I thought you might like to be reminded of some cool stuff so this is my Pinterest mood board for the trilogy, check out the pretties:
Half way home ...
After three screenshots, I got the numbering sorted :D What can I say, I can't count. Fortunately Shaun, my Aussie friend, is almost as anal as I am and have... Read more
The Changing of the Sun is coming!
I just got confirmation that my funding has been released! It will take a couple of days for the money to reach me but I've now seen the final figure.... Read more
The Companion and the Heretic: An extract from The Changing of the Sun
Because I had an amazing editing day, in which new scenes were written, here's one of the pieces I worked on today. It's at the end of the first act... Read more
Editing is not my favourite thing and yet as I slowly make my way through my draft of Changing... it's getting easier. Half to it it just sitting down... Read more
Housekeeping and free stuff
Spring has sprung and I am once more sick unto death ... the good news is my coursework is in and you can have a free City of Dragons short... Read more
I just blogged on Medium
I don't do this very often but you guys should check out my article "What I Learned from Kickstarting my Debut Novel".
"Whispers" is going to take a little while longer ...
This week has been hectic on my betas, long-suffering as they are. One had OFSTED (boo), another one wasn't even expecting be a beta etc ... Until I get my coursework... Read more
The world's longest pull quote ...
Michael Bunker - if you don't know already, is the 'Father of Amish Sci Fi' and the best-selling author of Pennsylvania:
Michael has been one of my biggest supporters,... Read more
Dealing with the editing thing ...
Last night my lovely friend told me she had given my proof of "Whispers" to her mother to read and had brought back her mother's notes. Normally I would have... Read more
Spring .... and editing
I don't like winter, walking past this blooming bush this morning on my way to the bus stop for college really hit home that it is finally going. Yay! I... Read more
Have a free short story set in my Ashteraiverse.
Because it's Friday and that's how I roll, I just posted "Distractions" on my blog. I'm going back to editing now that is out of my system.
Also, on the... Read more
Day one of editing complete ....
I don't like editing but this has been bugging me for a while. Normally, when I write, I divide novels into chapters but the scenes are all one file. I... Read more
How I'm spending my funding day ...
Oddly I feel strangely calm, as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. The sun is shining, though cold, my windows are open and I just took Uni... Read more
Oh, you guys ....
I won't lie, I'm relieved it's over, it's been exhausting which is a lot worse when you spend the week sick with the lurgy and an... Read more
The little things ...
A moment of acceptance and quiet awe, please, as we come to the end of my Kickstarter campaign.
I have sixty people, more than I asked for in financial backing... Read more
You know it's bad when ...
Yeah, that doesn't rhyme ... sorry.
So the last [insert randomly decreasing hour counter here] few hours are counting down. Wow, what a month this has been. I'm still sick... Read more
Why the Ashteraiverse?
I am sick, my cold is in my head which means I shall return to my bed to be waited on by my army of cats. The three of them... Read more
The terrors of the process ....
Making covers are fun, designing is fun, editing is open heart surgery without anaesthetic.
I just sent off "Whispers" to a couple of beta readers and I'm terrified. I cope... Read more
So what is "Whispers" about?
This is going to be quick because I'm running a fever so hot, I'm practically molten. I'm fine, apart from that, so don't fret.
"Whispers" is a bonus, prequel novella... Read more
I finished "Whispers" this morning, went to college to get them printed and bound (because I'm a poor student and it's cheap ...) and then on the bus I realised... Read more
Oh designing, how I love thee!
I enjoy making things ... though I'm not that good at it. I can make covers but I still lack a lot of Photoshop skills ... I'm not Jason ...... Read more
Why do I need £2k to print a book?
It occurs you need to know why I'm asking for £2k so I'm going to tell you.
E-books don't cost that much, hence why so many people have embraced indie... Read more
Time to focus now ...
It's so hard for me to sit and write one thing, unless I'm muse-ridden, of course. This week I have a short story to write for my coursework. which will... Read more
Let's talk print runs, shall we?
Right, my awesome collective, if I can stop grinning long enough to type without crying, let's talk print runs.
I've been open about my plans, about my needs and wants... Read more
And we're there but not finished, not yet!
One, I need to cry for a bit so here, in lieu, is a thank you:
Two: Lorna S, as the person who not only pushed me over the... Read more
The mystical land of tomorrow
I like this quote, it sums up why I'm such a terrible procrastinator.
Tomorrow I could be funded.
Tomorrow I could be funded. It's a beautiful phrase. Hell,today I... Read more
So this happened while I was sleeping ...
We broke the barrier people! Changing is now officially in four figures worth of funding. Go Team Lesley!
Now, notice how close that little blue line is the green bar?... Read more
I just booked Jason Gurley
So, yeah, this thing is happening. Just a little more, one last push, and we'll be there. Jason has me in his diary which means I have to be funded... Read more
A small scheduling update and another wobble
I pinned me down a Jason and we have a start date for him doing the covers. I figured while still not certain, now it's more than likely, it's better... Read more
The beginning of something amazing ...
Star pictures make me happy, this one is basically a roadmap.
But this is how I see the Ashteraiverse ... you lot - right now at least - can only... Read more
A week is seven days ... and a whole other multiverse ...
It's half term here in the UK and as a retired mature student, I. Finally. Get. The. Week. Off.
This is a key point in my plan for the next... Read more
Nearly time to move on ...
Today I found myself thinking on The Water Children, the next book in the series and the one - of the three - which is the least complete. If ... Read more
The finish line is in sight ....
Next Friday, at 7:49am (GMT) my debut campaign will go one of two ways, it will either fund or it will fail.
As Yoda says: Do not do not do.... Read more
The last week ... the last push ...
Just over a week to go and I've lowered some of the higher-level pledge rewards. My reason for this is to 1) encourage folks to pledge higher amounts but also... Read more
The agony and the ecstasy of inspiration and serendipity
Being a writer is something I never chose, it chose me. This quote is one of my favourites (and popped up on my Facebook feed) and it explains everything perfectly.... Read more
So close ... and why you should be immortalised in Changing.
Pictures say more than words ever could ... but here are some numbers:
To get to my funding goal of £1250, I need just £430 in pledges.
To reach my... Read more
Let's talk about love ... shall we?
I sorta promised myself I wasn't going to do this .., it feels too much like pandering to the most annoying holiday of the year ... Valentine's Day (I'm a... Read more
I should probably be thinking about beta readers and proofs and dream a little ...
Maybe it's because I need a push but I'm thinking about getting my beta-readers assembled. Things have to move and yet I'm overtired ... all that writing and insomnia has... Read more
The state of play ...
I'm behind on edits :S
This is nothing wording or surprising; I've just been writing post-trilogy stories for the last week - "Babysitting", "Sisters of Kasan", "Daughters of two Worlds"... Read more
Why blind characters?
There aren't many disabled characters in books.
Mira Grant's Feedhas the light sensitive George (who remains my favourite because I share her condition, albeit without the zombie part which... Read more
Triumph over adversity ...
The other day someone asked me what I wanted to achieve with my fiction .. that was a tough one. Fiction is by nature different depending on genre or storyline... Read more
Here's the thing, I have low self-esteem (and knowing that is half the battle) and whenever I get a new backer there's this weird ambivalence, joy because someone has backed... Read more
Two weeks to go ...
So we're on schedule, half way there and 14 days to go .... this is where I need your help. Backers, you've shown such faith in me and it's truly... Read more
The Kashinai belief system
I did my degree in theology eleven years ago ... I don't regret it either. I studied, I went to mass with my friends, I learned and didn't get struck... Read more
The major players
The other day I explained my game plan .... this is just the starting point for a much larger universe. If City of Dragonsis going to be the series... Read more
The Codex of the River (Part 2)
Remember that book I made? Well I finished it off and as it's directly relevant to this Kickstarter (in that it was directly inspired by Changing), I thought you... Read more
I hate insomnia ... and yet ...
I need sleep, lots of it. But the good thing is, I am oddly creative. A quick update is, I feel, in order for tonight so you have an idea... Read more
And the pieces finally come together ...
Today I wrote ... it has to be about three thousand words and, after finishing a particularly sweet sex scene, I finally stumbled on a little piece of in-world mythology... Read more
Sunday isn't a rest day ...
I don't do lie ins, I like to but with animals who are very good at telling the time, I seldom get the luxury. The cats feed themselves and never... Read more
Hey look, I nearly have an update for each of my backers ...
I'm not a Kickstarter noob (yes I used to be an MMO addict) and I've backed a half dozen projects myself and, in the course of pre-campaign research, I looked... Read more
Yeah, this morning wasn't great. It's hard not to wonder if the lack of backers lately is down to me, the universe or just noticing the 'cancel Kickstarter campaign' button... Read more
Writing, the not-black dog and the Swamp of Sadness
I suffer - as many people do - from clinical depression which gets worse at this time of year. After all, it's cold and rainy, the mornings are dark and... Read more
A author writes anywhere
Today has been interesting. I've mentioned this before but I'm currently doing a module as part of my Creative Writing course called The Future of the Book which includes the... Read more
Writing and working and working and writing
I've been on fire for the last twenty four hours. I normally have manic phases of creativity and this feels like one of them, but without the mania. The whole... Read more
Maybe it is a novella ....
I took today off, my hayfever is playing havoc with ... well everything and I feel crappy. Fortunately I got a lot done and it will count, as I understand... Read more
Half way point incentives: Bonus e-book
When I first started thinking about Kickstarter, I wanted to give away an e-book as a reward, a short story which is part prologue but also standalone. I planned on... Read more
The Codex of the River
Today I tried bookbinding and learned two very important things:
1) It's easy and
2) It's really rather fun
When I was writing Changing, I found myself needing something... Read more
Thank you ....
Twenty people have taken a leap of faith ... twenty brave souls of whom I know less than half.
We're officially over the hump and edging toward half way ...... Read more
Lets discuss covers, shall we?
I stumbled on Jason Gurley via Hugh Howey's awesome Wool and Jason's own Greatfall. The cover intrigued me and the premise just made me mutter about someone beating me... Read more
Press release – Dereham author launches Kickstarter campaign to publish debut novel
I posted this on my blog on Wednesday but you guys might like to see it:
Dereham, Norfolk: Tenth Muse Publishing today announced the commencement of a Kickstarter campaign to... Read more
The first scene
Back when I first had the idea for Saiara's story, what would become known first as a novella called Darkness and Light and then as The Changing of the Sun... Read more
Why I'm doing this ...
I first came across Kickstarter a couple of years ago, when it was US-only. It was such a fantastic concept. After all £1000 for a project is a fortune but... Read more
Woo hoo! Thanks to my latest backer, we've just officially cracked a quarter of the way to the initial funding goal.
In numbers this means I've raised £313.
This means... Read more
Every writer needs a watch feline ....
Yep, you know it's a weekend when even the kittehs don't want to get up. Meet Dionysus, Destroyer of Stuff and Sitter on the Desk, He Who Watches Me Write... Read more
A moment of honesty ...
Yeah, okay, the dog eyes probably serves more like a guilt trip but a friend has just reminded me that a PSA is in order:
PSA: You can back #thechangingofthesun... Read more
Let's talk maps
Last year, while this Kickstarter was still percolating in my brain, I needed a map. I was half-way through The Changing of the Sunand I was lost, metaphorically, actually... Read more
Day erm ... three
Friday is my pottery day, as in I go and play with clay for two hours. It's my chill out time, away from my computer and such things also often... Read more
Choices: An extract from The Changing of the Sun
Jashri moved with practiced steps, counting off the numbers between herself and the door, down the corridor and into the main worship hall. The place was quiet, silent and she... Read more
A new dawn, a new day ...
Strangely, the knowledge that folks I've never met are willing to part with their hard earned (during what can only be described as an economic crisis) cash, well it's amazing.... Read more
What a day ...
This morning I woke up to a note from Kickstarter saying my project had been approved. Would I like to launch? Of course I would and this evening I have... Read more
Nearly a year ago I started to write something different ....
Flash back to March 2012 and I had just finished the hulking marathon that is Camp NaNoWriMo, the more chilled out cousin of National Novel Writing Month that normally takes... Read more