15/05/2017 – 21/05/2017

Hi, everyone.

This week I finished a screen edit of Ruled by Choices and started another paper edit. I will be continuing this during the coming week. It would be good to get that finished by Friday. I also put together a boxset of the three Random books, called A First Year of Random. This is now available on Amazon as an eBook, and will be available wide when all the Random books are out of Kindle Select, which will be in late June.

This week I finished the following book:

  • Wunderkids by Jacqueline Silvester

See you all next week.

08/05/2017 – 14/05/2017

Hi, all.

This week has been a little disjointed. I did work on editing Ruled by Choices on four days, but had quite a bit of interruption, so didn’t get as far as I might have liked. I did take a break one day and started on the next Hunter Vampire short story/novella (number three) and got 2.2K words written. This week it’ll be back to editing. Hopefully, I can get to the end of this edit and maybe do some more words on the Hunter Vampire story.

This week I finished reading the following books:

  • Solutions for Novelists, Secrets of a Master Editor by Sol Stein
  • How to Write Damn Good Fiction by James N Frey

Hope to see you all next week.


01/05/2017 – 07/05/2017

Hi, everyone.

This week I managed to finish the transcription of the Ruled by Choices edits earlier than expected. Yay! That meant I could go straight onto a Kindle read-through of Malice and Madness, which I completed, and followed it up with a read-out-loud. I’ve uploaded the file to Amazon, and even though I want to do another read before it goes live, I’m going to put it on pre-order this week. The release date isn’t until 26 June 2017, so there’s plenty of time. I’ll try to remember to post a link next week.

In the coming week, I’ll be doing another screen edit of Ruled by Choices. I added a lot of new text/chapters, which is basically first draft, so lots of tweaking will be needed. I don’t expect to finish that in one week, so am not planning anything else.

This week I finished two books. They are: Stories that Crafted the Earth by Adrian Beckingham and Solutions for Writers, Practical Craft Techniques for Fiction and Non-fiction by Sol Stein.

See you all next week.


17/04/2017 – 23/04/2017

Hi, everyone.

This week I have continued with the paper edit of the fourth book in the Midgard Born Series, which I can now reveal is called Ruled by Choices. I have ended up adding quite a lot of extra text, by hand at the moment as it’s a paper edit, which means I’m only about halfway through the manuscript. I will continue with this over the coming week.

Also, over the weekend, I did a Kindle read-through edit of Malice and Madness. This has added another 1.5K words, so it is now officially a novella. There won’t be many more words added, if any. It’s resting during the week again while I continue with Ruled by Choices. I might do a read-out-loud edit next weekend, if things are going well. If I do, I hope to then put it up for pre-order, probably for a release date in June.

This week I have completed reading the following books:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Victoria’s Victorian Victory by Abigail Shepherd
  • The Hatter’s Wife by Anna B Madrise
  • The Manningtree Account by Becky Wright

Hope to see you all again next week (which I’ve just realised is another Bank Holiday, so may not get that read-out-loud done, after all).

10/04/2017 – 16/04/207

Hi, all.

This week I finished the paper edit of Malice and Madness and typed it up. I managed to add a further 3.5K words doing this, and there are still more edits to go. This is now resting as I start the paper edit of the fourth book in The Midgard Born Series.  I have done one day of this edit, and as it’s now a holiday weekend, I won’t be doing any more until Monday at the earliest, but more likely to be Tuesday.

Also, I decided to take all the Random short story books out of KDP Select and to take them wide to all retailers. This will happen gradually over May and June. At the moment, Random is on sale in the UK and US for £$0.99. The last day of the sale is Tuesday.

I finished reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I have another 4 books on the go at the moment (one a non-fiction). I hope to finish a couple of them next week.

That’s all for this week. See you next week.

03/04/2017 – 09/04/2017

First week back and I forget to write the post on the Sunday. Argh!

Anyway, what have I done this past week? Well, I continued with an on-screen edit of the fourth book in the Midgard Born Series, which I finished. It’s all printed out ready to do a hard copy edit. However, before that, I need to finish the hard copy edit of my second Hunter Vampire Chronicles short story. This is already half done. When I’ve done that I’ll type up the changes and get back to the other book. It’s a juggling game, as always.

Today, which isn’t really last week, but hey, this is my blog, was the launch of Metally Fatigued, the first of the short stories in The Hunter Vampire Chronicles. It’s Amazon exclusive, and in Kindle Unlimited, if you want to go and check it out.

Metally Fatigued Cover

Reading has been going better this week, but I haven’t finished another book yet. I hope to do that today, or tomorrow.

Hope to see you next week.

Progress Report: 14/03/2016 – 20/03/2016

Welcome to week twelve.

Yay! The days are now going to be longer than the nights. Can’t wait until the clocks change. It’ll feel like summer. Except for the temperature, of course. Can someone do something about that, please?

Rag & Bones Final

This is basically done now, apart from the covers. Hopefully, I’ll get time to do that this week, but as it’s a short week, with Easter coming up, it might not get done.

Norse Novels

I’ve done a little more planning for book two, but not much. I will be starting on another edit of book one this week. I’ve also been playing around with formatting for the print book. I’ve downloaded a couple of fonts, free ones, for commercial use, which I’ve never done before. I was surprised at how easy it was to install them. I don’t know what I expected, but something far more complicated than clicking an install button and then having it in all my applications. Wish I’d done it before. You live and learn!

Other Projects

The non-fiction book has progressed and is now at first-draft stage. I hope to do more on it in the coming week, but am not going to force it if there’s no time.

I’ve also written 3 short stories and have written notes for another. Two are for anthology calls. One was prompted by a picture I saw. Another was a silly thing revolving around a conversation on Instagram. I’m really liking Instagram by the way. I hope that continues.

Anyway, neither of the anthology calls are really urgent, so that’s okay. The other unplanned story needs a home. I was hoping to find an anthology for it, but nothing yet. If I can’t find anything in a couple of weeks, there is something else I might try.


Monday: 117 m
Tuesday: 149 m
Wednesday: 66 m
Thursday: –
Friday: 66 m
Saturday: 48 m
Sunday: 181 m

Total: 10 h  27 m

Books Completed

Didi and the Gunslinger by Patti Larsen
Ecstasy (Debt Collector) by Susan Kaye Quinn
Broken (Debt Collector) by Susan Kaye Quinn