Personal blog: 19 days into a writing month

¦ dialling in from the Sky Bunker ¦

Thursday morning.  Dressed in Starsky with the warm breeze of life-support blowing across my lower legs.  Productive month. Completed the final edit of The Social Club (latest novel) and now deep into prepping the MS ready for market. Need to get the cover finished, back jacket blurb written (ugh!) and start the marketing machine. Official launch penciled in for November (thanks to Bristol sci-fi fantasy committee for support in this regard). Will make some preview copies available for a few folks before hand. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a new book coming out before. Really great!

Meanwhile, I’ve been applying the rubric of balance in all things so this month has had a little downtime allowed. This has seen some play testing of the card & dice game I created at the start of September. Castle. What was a simple idea became very complicated in a short period of time. So some folks and I have been meeting up at The Raven pub in Bath (fantastic real ales) and just thrashing through the ideas, seeing what works and what doesn’t. The latest incarnation, version 2.4 has been hard-boiled down to the basic but really fun aspects of the game idea.  Complicated stuff has been shoved to the back in a section called Advanced Rules. End of the day this is for people who might find themselves stuck in an airport or train departure lounge with a pack of cards – this is a fun way to kill 30 minutes or longer.

Which just makes me think… there’s bound to be a way to create a self-play version of Castle. Hmm. Something to work on in October (no writing month).  *strokes chin*

Potentially some exciting developments happening with Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur RPG. Will keep you posted as discussions evolve.

Canadian dark fiction writer, Mary Rajotte did a rather wonderful interview with me recently which she is posting up in segments. Part 2 is now available to read here:

The summer seems to have had its last hurrah!. The chill of autumn is creeping into the longer nights; sunrise and sunsets have been spectacular the last few days. And there’s that fantastic crispness starting to give the morning air a bite. Love it. The end of summer also means the end of the epic Bristol event “The Greatest Dog Show on Earth: Gromit Unleashed”. This is charity funding event that has been running throughout the summer months. It’s been great for the city, financially and in atmosphere – droves of people (kids AND adults) excitedly zigzagging across the city on the hunt for the 80 gromit statues.  I had friends travel 320 miles from Newcastle to take part.


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