• Light at the end of the tunnel
    Novels

    Light At The End Of The Tunnel

    0 It is fair to say that July has been a bit of a write-off for writing. So here, at last, is my August 2020 update – light at the end of the tunnel. At the moment, writing for me is not (unfortunately) my main job. I wish to was, and one day I hope it will be. But for now, I am stuck in a job I don’t like, working for a company that takes me for granted. Yes, I am lucky to have a job in this day-and-age. However this one isn’t doing my health much good at the moment. As a result, time for writing has been…

  • Insecure Writers Support Group
    IWSG,  Novels

    IWSG August – Where Does Form Come From?

    0 This month’s IWSG August optional question was to do with : Where does form come from? Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim…

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    Kiss From A Dragon,  Novels

    Kiss From A Dragon to be re-written

    0 Following some harsh but true comments on my debut novel, I have taken the decision for Kiss From A Dragon to be re-written. Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to read KFAD. Secondly, I would like to apologise for releasing it far too soon. Thirdly, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to leave a review. The good ones and the bad ones. I can see quite clearly now that my rush to publish blinded me somewhat. I was so excited, I could only see my work through clouded eyes. It was the worst decision I have made in my very…

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    General

    WordPress Addon Guide for Authors

    0 WordPress is an incredibly powerful tool, but can be very user-unfriendly in its purest form. That is where official and third-party addons come into their own. In this WordPress addon guide for authors, I will go through the addons I use for my author website. Without addons, WordPress is just a blank canvas, waiting for you to put your own personal touch onto. Some are without much doubt essential, whilst others are personal preference. Take a quick look at the addons database within WordPress and you will find a staggering number of different addons, each providing a variety of different solutions that aim to make your life easier. But…

  • Insecure Writers Support Group
    IWSG,  Novels

    Rituals Used To Get In The Zone

    0 This month’s IWSG optional question was to do with rituals used to get in the zone. Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim…

  • Hercules
    Films

    Film Review – Hercules

    0 Film Review – Hercules. The following is a totally independent and unbiased review of the 2014 film, “Hercules”, by Chris Pennington. 2014, Director: Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand) This is an older film now, and one until recently I did not know existed. I came about it whilst researching about a particular subject for my new novel, so I was excited to give it a go. It boasts a good cast – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Rebecca Ferguson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell and John Hurt to name a few. Good start, this should be a great movie with that cast, shouldn’t it? Well, kind of. It…

  • Insecure Writers Support Group
    IWSG,  Novels

    How are things in your world?

    0 April 1 question – The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?   Firstly, I hope everyone in all communities – not just our writing community – is staying safe and well in these troubling times. This pandemic seems to be more like something out of a novel than real life, but we will pull through it and get out at the other side.…

  • Film Review - 1917
    Films

    Film Review – 1917

    0 Film Review – 1917. The following is a totally independent and unbiased review of the 2019 film, “1917”, by Chris Pennington. 2019, Director: Sam Mendes (Skyfall) It may seem strange to start a new film review section of a fantasy novel website with a war movie, but this film is just so damn good not to write about. So Film Review – 1917 is the first one, and what a good one it is too! The story centres around Lance Corporals Will Schofield (George Mackay – Pride, Captain Fantastic, Ophelia) and Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman – Game of Thrones’ Tommen), who are tasked with delivering a message to call…

  • Insecure Writers Support Group
    IWSG,  Novels

    What Started You On Your Writing Journey?

    0 January 8 question – What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just “know” suddenly you wanted to write?   I’m sure I will not be the first aspiring fantasy author to say that my writing journey began with George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire. I was a latecomer to the phenomenon that was the HBO TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. It wasn’t until around series 6 or 7 that my partner and I purchased a second-hand box set of seasons 1-5. We were hooked from episode 1. But to say we…

  • Insecure Writers Support Group
    IWSG,  Novels

    Should I be insecure?

    0 Today is the first Wednesday of the month, and my first ever post to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group – so firstly a big hello to all fellow members! A link to the IWSG website can be found here. So maybe it is a little odd that my first post to the group comes with little insecurity at all. So me being the worrying kind that I am, it got me thinking – should I have insecurities, or have I just been lucky enough to so far avoid them? Writing to me is currently more of a hobby than anything else. Sure, it would be lovely to think that…