Thursday, 29 November 2012
Friday, 23 November 2012
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Just been out in a howling gale delivering leaflets advertising my novel. My wife thinks I’m mad but the leg work has to be done. Writing the novel is the easy bit, letting people know it’s there and getting them to buy it is the hard work.
Anyway, here is some more of my artwork. This one is painted using acrylics on a box canvas. Size: approx 500mm x 500mm. Its a 'monochrome' using burnt sienna and white. I wanted to capture the old sepia look as this lady is from the 1920's.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Update on the sequel to The Belgae Torc; 42000 words in first draft, characters and plot developing. This novel is just over a third complete and I'm planning the third book in the trilogy as I go by slipping hooks etc into the plot. I know how book three will start and I also have a dramatic ending planned. Book two has a working title of The Gordian Knot and book three Cutting the Gordian Knot. These titles will be backed up by The Torc Trilogy, which will be clearly printed on the cover of each book.
In January I will start the final edit of my second novel The Witness, I'm hoping to have it published by Easter.
So as you can see, so much to do with so little time in which to do it!
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
I have just finalised the advert which will go into World Archaeology Magazine next month. This ad is specifically aimed at readers in the USA, but it’s also sold in the UK. It has a readership of 75,000, all of whom love history, so hopefully sales of my novel The Belgae Torc will not only continue on Amazon in the UK but also in America. The Belgae Torc is also available at Barnes and Noble; either order from their web site or go into one of their shops. The sequel continues apace with just over 40,000 words now written. The plot continues to develop in my head and the excitement is building. I’m setting up plots that won’t be revealed until the final book, and I know how it all ends. (If I told you I would have to kill you)!
Thursday, 1 November 2012
Commission payment safely in the bank, it won’t go far though but from small acorns do great oaks grow. Well hopefully! Trying to write another chapter of the sequel to The Belgae Torc. Have about 40,000 words that seem to be the right words, have just written 2000 more but they don’t seem to be the right words! Red pen job me thinks. Editing is a wonderful thing, at the stroke of a red pen whole paragraphs can fall by the wayside. Often sections appear written with that same red pen along with directions in the margin indicating to where they should go. What is stronger I ask myself, the sword or the pen? I think better people than I have answered that one. My manuscripts get red penned more than once before I’m satisfied. When I was teaching creative writing I couldn’t stress enough how important editing was, it’s a pain but a necessary one. I must get on as I have another 80,000 words to write.