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The Joy of Ideas

Ideas have been my eternal companion.

Looking back on life, even from the earliest days, I can see how I became a writer.  I had lots of imaginary friends as a child (some may say I still do!), and delighted in making up stories.

And that's the writing thing, in essence.  Yes, there's lots of actual hard work, planning and shaping, and then the battering away at a keyboard for months, but it all stems from the original idea.  Without that, we're nothing.

I love it when I have an idea, simple creature that I am.  It lights my life. ... Read more

Diamonds in the Darkness

We all have our ups and downs, but it's a proud boast of we creative arty authory types that we like to do it better than most.

It's certainly been the case for this specimen of late - family issues of a kind which tend to strike at this time of life have been causing me troubles. 

However!  This blog isn't to be a wailing lament of my bruised soul, you'll doutbless be relieved to hear.  It's about my best efforts at finding a way through.

One of the favourites is indulging in the things I love.  And I was... Read more

Ideas for Everyone

There's something that is often said, which either makes me annoyed or amused, depending on my background mood.

When I'm teaching writing, I usually dedicate a session to social media, and how a writer can use them to help with marketing.

Blogging or Tweeting is high on the list of activities I think aspiring authors should be engaging in.  Sadly, a response that commonly comes back is "But I've got nothing interesting to say".

Nonsense!

You want to be a writer?  Of course you've got something to say!

If you've got eyes, and an imagination (and I believe they come... Read more

The Extremes of Imagination

A most unwise occurence has come to pass.

I've been asked to take up a position of responsibilty.  Now, I know what you're thinking - what blundering buffoons would commit such a basic strategic error?

But I'm rather proud they have.  Because it's turned into a hugely fulfilling experience.

What I was asked to do is this - to become a judge in a youngsters' storywriting competition.  But not just any contest.  This was the excellent idea of asking the children to demonstrate "Extreme Imagination".

I always get a little awkward about being asked to judge anything.  I... Read more

Staring over the Horizon

I've been looking towards the end. 

Yes, ok, that's partly one of those big, melodramatic statements with which I'm fond of commencing a blog.  For those who have suffered it, see my teaching session on the importance of opening lines in a novel!

But it's also true, and in a couple of ways. 

Firstly, I've been working on the outlines for two more books in the tvdetective series. 

(If you're getting confused with where we're at - and I do, and I write the things - then The Shadows of Justice is coming out in May.  That's... Read more

Filling the Tin of Beans

Much rot is talked about this writing lark.  I know, because I produce a fair bit of it myself.

However, I once (perhaps foolishly) promised to be honest in these meandering journeys of thoughts and feelings.  So here we go again with a truth that many authors find uncomfortable, but needs facing anyhow.

It's this - we writers like to think of ourselves in romantic ways.  As somehow set apart from the rest of humanity, struggling with our souls to define the world and all its ways with the power of words. 

Which is, in a way, an... Read more

What's in a name?

"That which we call a rose.  By any other name would smell as sweet..."

No, I'm not comparing myself with a fairly well known writer of bygone days.  That, I'm fully aware, may be a contest where I wouldn't come off well. 

I'm talking about the name of my new book, The Justice Mirror. 

Or to borrow from another piece of more contemporary phraseology, the book formerly known as The Justice Mirror. 

Because it isn't any more. 

Confused?  How do you think I feel?!  But let me try to explain...

When you write one of these... Read more