Everyone’s a Critic & The X-Files

“The Hill will Crack…”



Hey there, Strangers!

*looks above* Writing stories with a pen and paper?! Get hip, granddad, we in the future now, bruv. I write by projecting my brain-burps against a 3D printer.

So the last couple of days I’ve been fiddling with Apocalypse still (ooh, what IS the full title?!?!), trying to further shape the thing. I’ve been blocking the internet for a couple of hours a night, to try to stop myself getting distracted, which is good. Next, I need to start sooner rather than mooching around for 90 minutes, before actually putting my butt in the chair and slapping words out.

I feel like I’m getting into things now though; the trouble has been that this is something I’d already written that I’ve tore pieces from, rearranged, and tried to add new bits too. So trying to get to grips with that and make the new shine through has slowed progress. Hopefully I should be on the right track now.

That’s How Stories Happen, Dummy


One thing that bugs the crap out of me just bugged the crap out of me again whilst scrolling through Twitter. ‘Oh, the writer probably just made this up as they went along.’

Uh, duh, no kidding; that’s LITERALLY how all stories are created. ALL OF THEM. How else do you think story-tellers create their tales? Even if a writer plans every twist and turn out before they start writing the actual thing, guess what? Whilst making that lovely plan, they were MAKING IT UP AS THEY WENT ALONG.

The X-Files


I stopped watching The X-Files a few seasons before the end. Still haven’t watched those final few seasons. (Doggett? What is a ‘Doggett’?) But for the first four or five seasons, I loved the crap out of that show. I mean LOOOOOOOOOVED. When my Dad gave me control over my bank account, I cleared that sucker out and bought as many X-Files videos as I could afford.

Sorry, Dad!

Now the show is back, for a limited run, and I am INTRIGUED. I see it’s been getting a swift boot to the nethers by many critics, but I’m still gonna watch the heck out it. This was one of the shows that made me want to write my own spooky stories, and I’m pulling for the sucker; please don’t be terrible!

Will you be watching? And which episode rocked you happy from the original run?

Okay, that’s all for now; stay odd, nerds!


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Apocalypse & The Rise of Chibbers

Hey nerds,

I thought I’d try to update this blog more often. Get things cooking nice and hot. Or something.

Anyway. Here’s a picture of a young Jon Pertwee for no reason:


I thought the best way to make sure I drop something here more often often would be to post regular short updates, rather than try to spend time crafting each post. Quick updates about what I’m writing, and what I’m thinking about.

So rub your eyes against his lot, you animals:

The writing on Apocalypse, my next series, is going great. I think. It will be going even better when I actually put the hours in that it needs. But I will. I mean, probably. I am a lazy so-and-so. I’ve done much better so far this year, actually getting my sweet-butt into the chair and smashing my fingers against my laptop on an (almost) daily basis.

But yeah, I think some of it is good. Strong, dark stuff. It’s looking like the first book in the miniseries will tap out at around 45-to-50 thousand words.

The other thing occupying my brain-meat, is the fact that Moffat announced his departure as head writer of Doctor Who. WAHHHHH! *weeps*


He’s gonna be replaced by Chris Chibnall, who has written, at best, ‘decent’ episodes of Doctor Who, terrible episodes of Torchwood, and the super-smash-hit Broadchurch; which didn’t really do it for me, but which you probably lost your God damn mind over.


I like to be positive when it comes to my fave story world, so fingers crossed that ‘ol Chibbers (as he shall now always be referred to) raises his game and gives us some ace Who. And if not, well, we’ve got another year of Moff-Who to enjoy yet.

Okay, that’s it for now.


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Hey there, nerds; what’s shaking?

SO! I have a book out soon. This book:


It’s the third (perhaps last) in my Tales From Between series, and it’d be nice if some of you jerks bought it, alright?! It’ll be available for your eyeballs early Feb.

But this isn’t about that, this is about my NEXT book. Last year I wrote an 80,000 word sci-fi/apocalyptic novel called Pollen Fall. I decided it would be next thing I would work on and release, so this year I began to tackle the second draft. Then I decided I’d release it as a six part serial, only to change my mind slightly and decide to put it out as three 30,000 word novellas.

And so I worked, I fiddled, I rewrote-

But then…

But then…

…Something wasn’t quite right and it was niggling at me. I suddenly realised what it was: this wasn’t the sort of story I want to tell right now. It had no fantasy, no supernatural, it was sci-fi. It was a riff on a body snatchers/triffids sort of story, and that’s great, I love those stories, but it felt like it was missing a chunk of my voice right now. And my voice is spooky fantasy.


Did that mean I had to abandon the whole thing?!?

Well, no. Stories can change. I realised, looking at what I had, that I could reframe the whole thing. I could add that strong seam of spooky fantasy sauce that would make this story what I felt like it needed to be to please me.

So that’s where I’m at now, jiggering the hell out of the thing to reshape it. As things stand, it’ll be a trilogy of short books, making up one story. I think it’s a good one.

The title is no longer Pollen Fall, I decided to go for something a little more, how you say…slutty…? By which I mean, no fancy pants, abstract title, but something that will highlight, loud and proud, that this might be the sort of thing a type of reader will want to check out. It has the word ‘apocalypse’ in it.

Ooh, yeah.

I have a set edit date, so I’m going to have to work my bum off to get the thing in shape in time.

Did I mention I have a new book out soon?


I’ll let you know as soon as it’s out there; but in the meantime, back to bringing about the GOD DAMN APOCALYPSE!


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2016 Goals


Hey there, you dumb, lovely nerds!

SO. New year, time to assess where I am and what I want to do with this prose writing malarkey. After stepping into the author world late last year, I really want to build this year and be in a great place by the time 2016 closes up.


Last year I became a published author (ya-hoo!) and published two novels in my spooky series for younger readers, Tales From Between, and a stand alone horror novelette, Sixty-Six. My aim at the start of 2015 was just to publish something before Christmas, so to get three things out is great.

I sold more than I thought I would, and people said nice things.

Which is nice.

I’m pretty proud of all three releases.


Okay; so what do I hope to get going in this sparkle-fresh new year?

Tales From Between

My first release will be a third title in this series, The Increasingly Transparent Girl. I will then put out a collection which features all three Between titles. After that, I’m not sure… There’s always room for more stories in this series, but it feels like a good moment to stop. Three books, a little collection, then move on to other projects. I was never going to break out with a kids series, but these have been super fun to write, so who knows….

But for now, these three, and the collection, will see me pushing the pause button as I explore a couple of other worlds.

Horror/Apocalyptic Serial

So last year I wrote a full length horror/sci-fi/apocalyptic-I-suppose ‘thing’. After I’m finished with Transparent Girl, I’ll be jumping 100% back into that. But, rather than putting it out as a single novel, I’ve decided to do a little fun experiment and put it out as a serial. 10-to-15 thousand word ‘episodes’ every two weeks.

The idea tickled at me recently, so I gave the first draft a look and saw that it could easily be sliced into six episodes, so I’m going for it. For the second draft I’ll be focusing on each bit as a separate episode and making sure that it isn’t just  a book chopped up, but that each episode is a satisfying ride in and of itself.

So, six episodes, then a collected edition, which will feature an exclusive short set in the world. Hopefully.

Depending on how it goes, there is scope for further stories, perhaps even another ‘season’ like this. I’ll see how I feel about it once it’s all out; if I want to carry on or if I feel like I’m done with it.

I’ll be letting you know more about this series, including its title, very soon.

New Urban Fantasy Series

Well; I suppose strictly speaking you could call it rural fantasy, as it’s going to be set in the hills, lakes and teeny towns of Cumbria, in the far north of England, rather than a big city.

The idea for this (hopefully) ongoing novel series has been bubbling away in my brain-meat since last March. I wanted my own Dr Who, my own Hellboy, and this is about as close to that as I’ve got so far. What can I say about it at this early stage? Well, there may be a witch. And monsters. And SCARY STUFF.

They will be short-ish books, approx 60,000 words each, and each one will tell a stand alone story, but with a little arc going through. Each arc would cover a trio of books, with the ‘arc’ story being the tale that’s told in book three. Then three more books, with new stand alone stories, and a new arc.

I’m hoping this will be one of my big, ongoing series. I’m going to write the first drafts of the first three books before releasing any, so the series will launch at some point in the second half of the year.

Other Stuff

I also have a new novelette already written, and I’ll probably do a third to break up the writing of the first three books in the Urban Fantasy series. If I do, then I dare say I’ll put all three novelettes into a little collection, too.


That’s, uh, a heck of a lot of writing to do. Who knows how much of it I’ll get done, but I’d really like to try to get as much as possible out there. Let’s see…

I have high hopes for 2016, so lets see how crushed I am come Christmas…!