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    An unexpected and humbling review.

    I discovered this lovely review on Amazon. It made me wonder if I’m a better writer than I think I am.   When you’re ...

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    Not a book cover, but a great piece of Photoshop art.

    Wow; it’s almost a week since I published a blog post. That shows how busy I’ve been. I have been playing around ...

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    New cover for Sacred Striptease.

    One of the things I really like about being an independent author is that I can change things as things evolve.  I created the ...

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    And the winners are …

    You may remember that I had a competition to help me find abusive emails and reviews for my forthcoming book Worlds Within ...

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    Good book editors are artists not mathematicians

    Editing is more like art than mathematics. In mathematics the rules for each problem are clear and if you follow them, you ...

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    Ella’s unusual insomnia cure: meditation & contemplation

    Ella is the central character in my soon-to-be-released novel Worlds Within Worlds.  At one point, she finds it hard to ...

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    ‘Shadowline Drift’ by Alexes Razevich: unusual and compelling.

    Here’s another of my metaphysical fiction reviews. It’s a metaphysical thriller, which is probably how you’d ...

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    When the words don’t come: a writer’s block cure

    A dancer must dance daily, an artist must create daily, and a writer must write something every day—it keeps the writing ...

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    What to ask beta readers: a checklist.

    In my last post, I said how important it was to have at least one good beta reader, but it’s not easy to find good beta ...

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    What is education for?

      What is education for? This quote from Einstein highlights the main misunderstanding people have about education. It isn’t ...

An unexpected and humbling review.

I discovered this lovely review on Amazon. It made me wonder if I'm a better writer than I think I am.   When you’re reading a sweet, tender story of romance, you don’t expect to be on pavements with holes in them, or at bus stops, or held in the routines of the morning’s commute, and [...]

Not a book cover, but a great piece of Photoshop art.

Wow; it's almost a week since I published a blog post. That shows how busy I've been. I have been playing around with book cover ideas for Worlds Within Worlds though, and I came up with the artwork below. It started out as ideas for the cover, but I soon decided that it was actually [...]

New cover for Sacred Striptease.

One of the things I really like about being an independent author is that I can change things as things evolve.  I created the Sacred Striptease cover myself and now that I've started thinking about the cover for Worlds Within Worlds, I decided to update it to reflect what's coming with Worlds, since Sacred Striptease is an excerpt [...]

And the winners are …

You may remember that I had a competition to help me find abusive emails and reviews for my forthcoming book Worlds Within Worlds. Thanks to all of you who contributed, either in the comments or by sending me an email. I'm sorry that it has taken me so long to get the results back to [...]

Good book editors are artists not mathematicians

Editing is more like art than mathematics. In mathematics the rules for each problem are clear and if you follow them, you get the right answer. In art, there is no right answer and the rules are applied as the artist sees fit. Some would say that there are no rules in art, but if [...]

Ella’s unusual insomnia cure: meditation & contemplation

Ella is the central character in my soon-to-be-released novel Worlds Within Worlds.  At one point, she finds it hard to sleep, and if you have ever had difficult sleeping, the following excerpt from the book will resonate with you, and you may find Ella's unusual insomnia cure helpful.  The essence of her unusual insomnia cure is meditation [...]

‘Shadowline Drift’ by Alexes Razevich: unusual and compelling.

Here's another of my metaphysical fiction reviews. It's a metaphysical thriller, which is probably how you'd describe World Within Worlds as well. ‘Shadowline Drift’ by Alexes Razevich is an unusual story with compelling metaphysics and rich, beautifully written descriptions. It’s the story of Jake, a man only three and a half feet tall, who has [...]

When the words don’t come: a writer’s block cure

A dancer must dance daily, an artist must create daily, and a writer must write something every day—it keeps the writing mind fit, keeps the writer developing—but if you have no words, or do not know what subject to write on, then don’t panic, just sit and enjoy the silence in your mind. Having no [...]

What to ask beta readers: a checklist.

In my last post, I said how important it was to have at least one good beta reader, but it’s not easy to find good beta readers, especially when you’re starting out as an author. However, it’s easier for people to give you the kind of feedback you need if you ask for it specifically. [...]

What is education for?

  What is education for? This quote from Einstein highlights the main misunderstanding people have about education. It isn't about absorbing facts and figures, it's about learning how to think for yourself. Kids often ask why they are learning the content they are presented with at school, and I often tell them that it's all [...]