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!

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.