Yet Another Shameless Plug

And I’ll just leave this here.

Beware of Sleeping Dragons. They dream of a world not our own… Welcome to Escafeld, a city in the northern lands of Terra. Although Terra might look like the real world in places, I assure you this is purely coincidental. This anthology is the second volume of tales from Terra’s long and varied history; from the clashing of Empires and Dragons in the Age of Dreams; the rise of technology and tyranny in the Age of Hammers; the modern mysticism of the Age of Spirits; and finally the Age of Infinity, when Terra reached out to the stars. This book is the product of the Sheffield Science-Fiction and Fantasy writers group, who organised an event for new writers as part of the Off the Shelf Festival in October 2017.

I have two stories in here so if you’re looking for a love story featuring mermaids and dragons, or the tragic tale of the many deaths of a crewman on board a starship, as well as many other weird and wonderful tales, then check this out. It can be found on Amazon here.

Hey! I was on the radio!

I’ve hit a milestone, not one I was expecting to hit, but somehow that makes me even prouder, and a bit more gobsmacked, that it happened.

For those that don’t know, outside of sitting around and watching endless anime and then talking about it on here I do actually write science fiction and fantasy stories. I’m very much still working out this whole writing thing, but I have had a few short stories turn up in anthologises which were put out by my writer’s group.

Anyway, today the wonderful people at Write Radio, a part of Sheffield Live one of my local radio stations, actually aired one of my stories from the upcoming Ages of Escafeld Volume 2 anthology. It’s kind of amazing to hear someone else reading out my work and all the added sound effects are great. If you want to listen to it then you can visit the Write Radio site HERE

My story is in the second half of the 1pm podcast from today (Friday 16th March). Now I realise this post has just been one long shameless plug, so in order to assuage my guilt over inflicting that on you I will recommend listening to the whole of today’s podcast as there are some great stories, especially the one about the quantum cat! Plus some great interviews. If you’re in anyway interested in writing then check out these podcasts.

One last plug though, the anthologies I’ve appeared in can be found here *hint**hint*

Okay, self promotion over I’m outta here. See you next week for more ramblings about anime!

A Shameless Plug – Twisted Fairy Tales

Hey! Like fairy tales? Even better, like dark fairy tales? I happen to be in anthology so if you fancy a film noir Little Red Riding Hood or a look at what happens after The Little Mermaid you’re in luck. Plus there are some real gems from the other members of my writing group. If you’re interested in seeing some classic fairy tales, and some not so familiar ones, taken down a dark path then click on the cover below to see it on Amazon!

Ages of Escafeld

Hello! Bet you weren’t expecting a post today, well there’s a reason for that, I’ve got some shameless plugging to do,

Now I’ve mentioned before that I’m apart of the Sheffield Science-Fiction and Fantasy writers group (We basically sit around in the pub and read out our stories to one another and, yes, I know we need a shorter name).

Anyway, last October we held an event where we invited new writers to join us in putting together an anthology of short stories set in the world we’d forged (though a lot of the hard work was done by our resident fantasy genius Matt.) It covers a whole bunch of genres from high fantasy to urban fantasy and right through to some good old science fiction.

I’ve got two stories in the anthology and there are many talented writers and some fantastic newcomers that have all contributed. We’ve even got a foreword by Theresa Derwin! I’ll pop the blurb down below and if it catches your interest you can purchase it on amazon at the link below, or just search ‘Ages of Escafeld’ on Amazon. We want to hold more events, collect more stories and just share our world with people.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Escafeld-Sheffield-Science-Fiction-Fantasy-Writers/dp/1545004889/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1491333494&sr=1-1&keywords=ages+of+escafeld

Beware of Sleeping Dragons. They dream of a world not our own… Welcome to Escafeld, a city in the northern lands of Terra. Although Terra might look like the real world in places, I assure you this is purely coincidental. This is a collection of tales from throughout Terra’s long and varied history; from the clashing of Empires and Dragons in the Age of Dreams; the rise of technology and tyranny in the Age of Hammers; the modern mysticism of the Age of Spirits; and finally the Age of Infinity, when Terra reached out to the stars. This book is the product of the Sheffield Science-Fiction and Fantasy writers group, who organised an event for new writers as part of the Off the Shelf Festival in October 2016.

Also, on a side note, you finally get to see my world and my characters and stories can be criticised for once.

One Million Words or Bust

I was meant to put up this quick post on the 1st November to coincide with the start of Nanowrimo, but it’s an example of how disorganised my life has been of late that it’s only getting done now. This isn’t like me at all, I’m normally better prepared than this, but I’ve been in a bit of transition period so my mind’s kind of all over the place. Anyway, on with the actual point of this post.

I have mentioned this before on the blog, but I’m pretty sure that the majority of people are unaware that I’m a member of the Sheffield Science Fiction and Fantasy writer’s group (we really need a better name) here in the UK. It’s not a fancy organisation or anything, it’s just a bunch of writers getting together in a pub and reading each other our stories. It’s really fun and helpful, I’d recommend joining a writer’s group to any budding writer.

Anyway this year all of us have decided to set ourselves a challenge. We’re going to try to a million words in a year. That’s a million words all together so i have no doubt that we can do it, but it’ll be fun to see exactly when we hit the target. As such every month over on the group blog (found at this lovely link here) will give an update on all of our word counts so far, and any particular target we’ve set ourselves. Now I don’t have any target in mind, I just want to take a gauge of how much I actually write.

Now I mentioned Nanowrimo. For anyone who’s wondering what that is, it’s the National Novel Writing Month. In a nutshell what happens is that a bunch of masochists and crazy people try to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I’ve never attempted it myself (mainly because however much I love writing, I also need to spend time doing little things like eating and sleeping). If you want to give it a try though then be my guest. (Here’s some more information for you).

That’s all really. Other than the fact that this post is a little 375 word edition to my word count. Yay!

Current Word Count: 5333.