17/09/2018 – 23/09/2018

Hi, everyone.

This has been a productive week. As planned, I finished my read aloud of the secret project. I sorted out the proof of the Hunter Vampire Omnibus and made it live (eBook and paperback) on Amazon, and I wrote the rough draft of Forest 5. Yay! The omnibus cover is below. Get your copy now! 🙂

The Hunter Vampire Chronicles Omnibus: Parts 4-6 Cover

In the coming week, I think I’m going to spend Monday as an admin day, then I’m going to do another edit of the secret project and, after that, work on the Forest book(s) again.

This week, I finished reading the following books:

  • The Book of Dragons by E Nesbit
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Raptors of Paradise by Jay Jay Burridge (audio)
  • The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce (audio)

See you again next week.


10/09/2018 – 16/09/2018

Hi, everyone.

Oops! Forgot to write this post yesterday. Brain overload! 🙂

So, what did I do last week? Well, I did lots of editing on the secret project, which included a paper edit, followed by a read aloud. I’m finishing the read aloud on Monday (which is now). I also received two proof copies I ordered, which I’m not showing you yet. I worked on some wordsearch puzzles for my Forest pages on my website (see below – clickety-click to go to the page where you can print this off). And probably some other stuff. Oh, yes. Saturday morning, I got the CreateSpace message to transfer my files to KDP Print. It only took seconds. Most of the paperbacks and eBooks linked up fine, but a few I had to attach myself. I haven’t looked at the files yet. There’s no hurry. They will use the CreateSpace files until I change something, so I’ll do that gradually over the next few months and probably update back matter in the process.

Wordsearch puzzle for The Goblin and the Stolen Ring

Okay, this week, I’ll finish this read aloud of the secret project. I’m then going to look at one of my proof copies and get that live (that’s probably one day, or two partial days). Then, I’ll start work on the next Forest book. I have a title. I just have to think of a story.

This week I completed the following books:

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Readymade Thief – Augustus Rose

See you all next week – hopefully, on time!

03/09/2018 – 09/09/2018

Hi, everyone.

Hold on. Just let me check what I said I was going to do last week. 🙂

So, I did upload the second omnibus of the HV series, and I’ve ordered the proof of the paperback, as well as the proof of Magic Trail. I also created and uploaded the Forest omnibus of books 1-3 to Kobo and the omnibus of the Rag & Bones series (the latter is now no  longer available on Amazon). I also updated the first omnibus of the HV series to make it be called omnibus, rather than boxset, as I know from what other people have said that boxset won’t be accepted for a paperback book in KDP Print. I still haven’t had my notification to transfer all my paperbacks from CreateSpace, but I’ve been scanning all the forums for potential problems, and I know what things I need to check when it happens. I also managed to get back to a little writing, on my secret project. Hurrah! Oh, I nearly forgot, Wizard Search was released on Friday. Phew!

Tales from the Forest of the Hooting Owl Omnibus Cover

In the coming week, depending on what happens with CreateSpace, I will be continuing with the secret project. I hope to have a pretty clean draft by the end of the week, so it can then sit for a week, or so, before final edits. I’ve also drafted a cover for it.

Last week, I completed the following book:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Hope to see you next week.

27/08/2018 – 02/09/2017

Hi, all.

Last week, I did get all the files for Wizard Search uploaded. I also uploaded Book Four for pre-order, so I guess I should tell you what it’s called. It is … The Goblin and a Magic Trail. I’ve also uploaded the paperback to KDP Print, which went okay, but, at the time of writing this, I haven’t had notification that the file is approved yet. I also uploaded HV6 and made it live on all platforms. So, I guess I should also tell you what that’s called. It’s Tentacle Trouble. Here are the covers. I haven’t updated my website yes. I guess that’ll go onto the list of things below for next week.

I still have more uploading to do next week. I haven’t got anything uploaded for the second omnibus edition of HV. I also want to do an omnibus for the first three Forest books to put up on Kobo, so I can do a promo on it. Add to that the imminent email from CreateSpace to tell me I can transfer all my files across to KDP Print and I could be spending another whole week simply staring at a screen and doing little in the way of writing. That’s life, I guess. Once it’s done, it’s done.

Last week I finished the following books:

  • Brilliant Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by Dr Stephen Briers
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Fingerprints of Previous Owners by Rebecca Entel (audio)
  • Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

See you all next time.

20/08/2018 – 26/08/2018

Hi, everyone.

Last week’s plan was a little ambitious. Oh, well. I did get all the files prepared to upload, which means eBook and paperback files of the Forest and Hunter Vampire Books, but I didn’t get round to uploading them. This was partly due to the fact that I wanted to do a pre-order for one of the eBooks that was too far ahead for Amazon (by about a week), so I abandoned that one and went on to working on the other files. So, no more short stories were written.

Anyway, in the coming week, the first priority is doing final uploads for Wizard Search. Then, I’ll go back to these files and start uploading them. If that doesn’t take all week, which it might, as I’m using the Kindle print service for the first time, I’ll go back to the short stories. Phew!

Last week, I finished the following books:

  • Shadowsmith by Ross Mackenzie
  • Popcorn Pirates by Alexander McCall Smith
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor

Until next time.

13/08/2018 – 19/08/2018

Hi, everyone.

Last week, as planned, I did two read alouds of Forest 3 (Wizard Search). Then, I decided to do something different. The short story I was going to write for an anthology submission, became a short story for a new anthology of my own. That’s all I’m going to say about it at the moment, but I’ve written quite a few stories for it already, all still drafts.

In this coming week, I want to do two things first, which is get proof copies of the Hunter Vampire compilation 2 and Forest 4 uploaded and ordered. This will involve formatting and cover finalisation for the Hunter Vampire book, and finalisation of the sixth Hunter Vampire story as an individual eBook. That might sound complicated, but I know what I mean. If I get all that done, I’ll continue with the anthology stories (I think I only need another three, or four of those to make a book). That seems like a lot of work, but I don’t think it’s as bad as all that. Although, I’m going to use the KDP print book service (can’t remember the correct name off-hand), rather than CreateSpace, with all the rumblings about the future of CreateSpace. The thought of all the books I have to potentially transfer over is scary, so better to test the process out with a new book (or two) first, methinks.

Last week, I finished the following books:

  • Into the Fire by Dana Fraedrich
  • Storm Horse by Nick Garlick (audio)
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor (audio)

See you all next week.

06/08/2018 – 12/08/2018

Hi, everyone.

So, I didn’t do quite what I’d planned last week. Only sorta. 🙂

I did do a rough transfer of the text of Forest 4 into eBook format, which allowed me to do a read through on my Kindle and a couple of read alouds on Kindle and ePub versions. I also made final versions of the graphics and transferred them into the paperback format. The page endings are also sorted, unless I change anything. That book is now going to sit until after I’ve finalised book three.

I also did a single read aloud of Hunter Vampire 6, but I didn’t transfer it into paperback format. I decided it needed a few more read throughs until I’m entirely happy with it. So, that will also sit now until Forest three is completed.

Now, you know what I’m going to say about the coming week, don’t you? Yes, it’s finalisation time for Forest 3. That means a number of read throughs and read alouds, just to make absolutely sure I haven’t missed anything. Then, I’ll leave it till the end of the month to upload to other eBook sites.

I still haven’t done any more work on that short story. I do need to progress it further. Next week, maybe.

Last week, I completed the following books:

  • The Elephant Thief by Jane Kerr (audio)
  • River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

I’m on a mission to finish a number of books I’ve been part way through for a while. I hope to complete those this coming week.