Monday, 28 July 2014

Get your inky paws off me, you damn dirty writer!

That's what the logical, rational side of my brain told the creative side last week. See, I have a problem. A major problem. I have more story ideas than I know what to do with, and my creative brain keeps throwing them at the part of my brain which should make the logical decisions about what to write. Why's that a problem? Lots of ideas are great for a writer.

You may have noticed that I haven't actually published a book yet. A couple of short-story collections, yes. A novel or novella? No. That's because I can't make my damn mind up. All those shiny ideas want to be written. I decide on one project and then wake up in a cold sweat worrying other the others. Will that idea be better? Does it stand more of a chance of being published? That one's a stupid idea. It will never work. Write the new one.

You get the idea.

I am writing. A little bit of everything at the moment. I actually don't mind writing that way. As one writer friend pointed out, I'll have lots of books ready at the same time. But that's crazy, isn't it? Shouldn't I be concentrating on just one or two projects at the same time? If I continue to have more ideas, won't I just start more projects? Ever heard of a writer balancing ten WIPs in one go? No. Me neither. At least, not a sane writer.

So, I need your advice. What should I do? Continue to work on all of them? Schedule certain days/weeks for each project or choose one or two and get them done?

Ninja Alex and Beaker say, "Help save the damn dirty writer!".

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Donna Hosie's Quest of the Artisan

I'm over at Untethered Realms today talking about space and whether I'm the right stuff. Please float by if you have the time.

Today I'm thrilled to be helping Donna Hosie reveal the cover for the second book in her The Children of Camelot series. It's every bit as beautiful as her previous covers. Congratulations, Donna.


Six months ago, seventeen-year-old Rustin Hall thought he knew what he wanted. Then he travelled back in time with his best friend, Mila, to the world of Camelot, knights and magic, and everything changed.

Now Rustin is the artisan, and he knows his future because it's written in the past.

But Rustin's plan to build the first temple for the Gorian druids is cut down like the trees he talks to when the Round Table reveals the name of the newest knight of Camelot: a name that carves fear and unrest into the other knights. With Mila now in danger, Rustin, along with his friends, James and Jalaya, goes on a quest to find her before a new malevolent evil gets there first. A necromancer is building an army of the dead, and they are coming for Arthur's daughter.

Rustin will join forces with a young would-be knight called Galahad, as his quest takes him into the very heart of the Arthurian legends he grew up reading. A quest that could be the end of the artisan's life, not just in Logres, but for good.

Due for release 2015.

You can find Donna here: Amazon

Book one in The Children of Camelot series:

That's it for this week. I'll be back on Monday. Until then, happy reading and writing.