Category: Writing

Draft 3 – Interferences 0

It happened. I finished the Fantasy Novel draft. The End happened. (So did cake.) ‘The Novel With Dragons*’ Fantasy stands at eight-six thousand words– no it’s not done. That figure doesn’t include the ten or so thousand words in notes and fifteen thousand odd in research folders. And while we’re at it, can we not…


Distaff A Science Fiction Anthology by Female Writers – The Cover.

Distaff is an all female science fiction anthology. By all, we mean everything from concept to cover, the stories within are both written by and edited by women. It’s been an amazing project. Not only do I have a story in the science fiction anthology due out in August, but I also designed the cover….


East Riding Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Day School

With November’s HumberSFF now a happy memory, there’s lots on the horizon to make sure that 2019 will be a busy one. While not all of it involves writing, it’s still going to be a fun year for me. To start, I’m delivering a Writing Day School at the East Riding Theatre, Beverley. As Beverley’s…


Writing Retreat? Arvon? “It’s Not For Me.”

When it comes to Writing Retreats, Arvon is up there on a pedestal for those wanting to master their craft. If you’re reading this, you probably already know that. It’s hugely expensive. You probably know that too. There are grants, not as many know that. I first found out about their isolated houses thanks to…


Stories and Launches: The Blacksmith’s Arms

In October last year I attended a Sheffield Off The Shelf writing event organised by Sheffield’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Group. I booked it to shake off the blues and in hope that it would help me refocus. What I didn’t realise was the journey it was going to take me on. The Sheffield…