Merry Christmas

The preparations are all done.

We’ve sent the cards, just in time to catch the last posting dates. An online grocery delivery is scheduled for 23 December. Christmas gifts are on their way or already delivered, courtesy of Amazon.

The tree went up yesterday. Carols have been sung. We’re streaming Mariah Carey on YouTube.

We had snow last week, and the lonely stump of a snowman still lingers in our garden.

Love Actually and the The Lego Movie are lined up for Christmas TV viewing.

So, go Christmas!

And may I take this opportunity to wish you all the best this Christmas and for the New Year!

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Where does confidence come from?

I’ve never thought of myself as a confident person. Yet sometimes people ask me where I get my confidence from, so I must be projecting the illusion of confidence at some level.

I don’t feel confident right now. I feel vulnerable. Continue reading

Book cover design

I’m about to publish the first book in my werewolf apocalypse series.

I used 99designs to find a designer, and more than 50 designers submitted book cover designs!

Please help me choose a cover design by voting for your favourite from the 8 final designs.

Click here to vote in the poll: https://99designs.co.uk/contests/poll/zgi02y

Thank you!

Lycanthropic

I haven’t been blogging so much recently and that’s because I’ve been busy writing a novel. That novel is now almost ready for publishing, so I can tell you a little more about it. Continue reading

British English vs American English in fiction

English. What a wonderful language, but how irritating that it comes in two flavours (flavors.) How should an author handle this problem?

If you’re a British author writing for a British audience, you can simply use British spellings. Colour. Organisation. Defence. Similarly for American writers – use American spellings. Color. Organization. Defense.

But what if you want to make your book as accessible as possible? Tricky. Continue reading

View from the office window

June is my favourite month. Spring has drifted quietly into Summer, and the days are nearly at their longest. The weather can only continue to get better, and there’s everything still to look forward to.

Some days may bring storms, but at this time of year it’s much easier to remember that on the whole, life is good.

The next economic era is here

The world my children inhabit looks superficially like the world I grew up in during the 1970s. The house they live in, the clothes they wear and the food they eat – none of these would be very strange to the kids of a generation ago (although even here there are notable differences.) But the way they spend their time is completely different to anything I dreamed of doing.

Continue reading