16/10/2018 – 28/10/2018

Hi, everyone.

Well, I didn’t get as much done as I wanted last week, because all my time was spent getting the secret project finished, which is secret no more! So, here it is.

Kids and Folklore Cover

Yes, as the title suggests, it’s kids coming into contact with things from folklore, in eleven short stories, aimed at 9-12 year olds. This book is exclusive to Amazon for the moment, so you can also read it in Kindle Unlimited, if you’re subscribed to that service.

Okay, onto next week. Well, that’s going to be my week for finalisation of Forest 4, as the release date is 16 November – I promise that’s the last book this year, probably. 🙂 If I do have any more time, I’ll continue with the graphics for Forest 5, but I’m unlikely to get much of that done.

Last week, I finished the following books:

  • Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  • The Highwayman’s Footsteps by Nicola Morgan (audio)

Until next week.


15/10/2018 – 21/10/2018

Hi, everyone.

As planned, I did the following last week. Finalised and ordered my proof copy of the secret project (it arrived Sunday morning). Added the replacement graphics to Forest 4 and uploaded the eBook to Amazon so I have a document for final proofing in a couple of weeks. I’ve also brought forward the release date by one week, to 16 November. Did I mention that I’d managed to put it up for release on Black Friday? Bad idea, but sorted now. I also did an edit of the manuscripts for Forest 5 and 6, which are now at proper first draft stage. And there was a little time left over, so I started on the graphics for Forest 5. I’ve only done one and a half, but every little helps.

This week, I’ll be proofing the secret project, uploading it and releasing it. Yes, I know that sound likes a lot for one week, and it will involve at least three read-throughs of various kinds, but I’m also hoping to progress the graphics for Forest 5, as well. No rest for the wicked, as they say. So, expect more info on that next week.

This week, I finished the following book:

  • Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers

Until next time.

08/10/2018 – 14/10/2018

Hi, everyone.

Well, things took a little longer than I expected, last week, so I didn’t get everything done. I have the secret project ready to order the proof copy, with one more check through for formatting, I think, but I didn’t do anything more with the graphics for Forest 4.

So, the above are two things for this week. After that, which obviously isn’t going to take that long, I think I’ll go back to the Forest drafts for 5 and 6 and flesh those out a bit more. There’s no hurry, obviously, because 4 isn’t out yet, but I kind of want to get them properly sorted before the end of the year so that I can start on something new in the New Year, if not before. I have an idea that is percolating.

Last week, I finished the following books:

  • Cogheart by Peter Bunzl
  • Shiver by various authors (short stories)

See you all again soon.

01/10/2018 – 07/10/2018

Hi, everyone.

Well, last week I did finish my first draft of Forest 6 and I did do a read-aloud proof of the paperback of Forest 4. I decided that I needed to redo a couple of the illustrations. They are started, but not finished. I also, which wasn’t planned, transferred the text of the secret project into a paperback version. That’s pretty much done, including the cover, apart from page endings.

I’ll do a read-through of the secret project this week, while I sort out those pages, and will also do some other read throughs on Kindle, etc. I want to have it ready to order a proof copy of the paperback by the end of the week. I’d also like to get those graphics sorted for Forest 4 and upload the new documents.

This week, I finished the following books:

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J K Rowling
  • The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods (audio)

See you all next week.

24/09/2018 – 30/09/2018

Hi, everyone.

Well, last week, as planned, I spent my Monday joyously doing admin. 🙂 Then, on Tuesday, I did a read aloud of the secret project. And from Wednesday through Friday, I worked on the first draft of Forest six. This isn’t yet finished.

So, in this coming week, I will be trying to finish Forest six, although there might be some disruption to that. If I finish it, I’ll go on to the proof of Forest four.

Last week I finished reading the following book:

  • Hazel’s Phantasmagoria by Leander Deeny (audio)

See you all next time.

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!