So, Ive been busy, with my beta readers on my new book.

Necromancy is a bit different to Magelife. Its short for one thing. 130 odd pages. But it is lean.

I hope that you guys enjoy reading it as much as I did writing is.

Necromancy is live now, so head on over and buy it, if it seems like it might be your thing. If its not, tell your friends and family, they might want to take a shot at it.

Author Update

Well, I’ve been hard at work over the summer. Getting ready to start university and juggling kids, writing, a wife having surgery, and various other responsibilities and emergencies, takes a lot out of a guy.

I’m sure many of you want to know about my writing, (I’m going to tell you even if you don’t).

Necromancy is my new title. Its not a part of Magelife, not in the same world or even genre. Its urban fantasy, and is a rather short novella. My beta readers are in the process of delivering feedback, and depending on the level of revision needed, it could be released in as little as a week. (Not promising that it will be a week.)

My work on something slightly different has been rewarding, to me, and hopefully will be to you too. My skills are certainly sharper, if provisional feedback is anything to go by. Still a long way from the greats, but baby steps.

Adventured and Demonborn are both works that I’ve been tinkering with. Each different worlds, different kinds of characters and plot.

And the long awaited news of MageLife 2: MageWar. Its being written. At a guess, I’m a third of the way through the first draft.

There are reasons it is going slower than even I expected.

  • I’m busy with things other than writing. I have a family, and other commitments. Full time writing is not really possible for me.
  • It is a sequel. Which to many doesn’t mean much, but getting the continuity screwed up is going to ruin everyone’s enjoyment.
  • With it being an established novel, I have a tighter framework to deal with.
  • Writerly doubts.

Its not an exhaustive list either. There are many reasons it is slow going. Even after the draft is done, I want to take the time and care to polish it. I’ve learnt my lesson about proofing, and making sure I name my files properly.

Oh, I also made a facebook page, for those of you that are into that sort of thing. I’m more than happy to respond to questions and such there.

Beta Key

Some of you know that I have friends that also write serials. I have a habit of mentioning them here in the interest of bringing you guys new material to read that may be up your alley.

So, on that note, my friend Maddirose, who wrote Twisted Cogs, and now goes by Inky Llama due to their diversifying into art/drawings and the like, also has a new project that is a little different.

You have all seen my love for the LitRPG genre, and this is in that vein but not quite. Its called Beta Key.

Here is the blurb.

Eight years, five months, three days, two hours, one minute and one second ago, an event occurred that changed the world as we know it. In the blink of an eye the screen of reality glitched, and the humans saw the lines of code that ran the world, saw the stats and numbers and tags that had been hidden from them for so long.

For the first time, mankind could access their character sheets, they could see their experience and life bars, and they realized how discrete the rules of reality really were. They realized they could game it, that it was a game.

The humans called it “The Phenomenon.” The glyches called it an opportunity. The world core called it her birthday. But for Keegan Wright, a nobody in his dead-end job, it was just another way to measure how much of a loser he really was. He had no clue that his world was about to change, just as drastically as the world around him had.

LitRPG: Continued

I did a post about this genre before, and had a very positive response to it. Billy Higgins has been bugging me a bit, so I thought, it might be time to do another.

The genre is young, but it’s growing. Many of you will have seen SAO or Log Horizon, very popular animes.

They deal with the idea of being trapped in the virtual world. It is one way to handle it, and one that works, but it falls flat. The idea of being forced out of the world into one of make believe doesn’t sit right with me. The lack of will, and true desire to be there drains much of the enjoyment from it.

Ark and Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, are for me better, but the characters are single notes. They are using the virtual world to change their life; in terms of money, it’s a job to them, and while the joy and excitement of exploration is there, it is missing depth.

Ready Player One is a very mainstream novel that comes at it from a different direction, a scavenger hunt to win the whole system. It is filled with 80’s pop references and is clever and fun, but it deals with a very real issue that affects our generation. Isolation. Escapism.

Some of the recommendations that my readers, you, have given to me, include the Alterworld books, which have another take on the whole thing. Permas are a key component, people that have spent too long in the game so they remain, impressed as a part of it. It is much more than that, and well worth the read.

I have linked them here before so I won’t go further into depth on them now.

This leads me on to a web serial that I have fallen in love with, so much so that I wish I could chain the writer down and make him write it quicker.

As of today, Continue Online, has 23 chapters and interludes.

The reason that Continue Online enthralls me so much is the main character, Grant Legate. It is not a job, or a trap, it is a journey of self discovery. Grant is middle aged, a workaholic and almost a widower. This is in total contrast to the vast majority of protagonists in LitRPG. He is old, and set in his ways, but there is a depth to him, and his interactions, that grants it more than the currently simple storyline does.

I would advise you all to check it out. I know I will be following it closely.

Editing: go go go

Well, its my birthday and it turns out that the editing is done.  I will have the clean documents in my hands tomorrow.

Now, before people get excited, yes you in the back, that doesn’t mean that it will be uploaded right away. I still have to read through, add bits where indicated, check that the changes match the tone I was going for.

And there is more. As I went the whole hog in getting edited it is way more than just a clean up. It’s a content edit too. So parts will change, in more ways than one. This is the part where it gets tricky.

For those of you not in the know, there are several levels of editing.

Most commonly there are three but some services offer more modular services.

Proofreading: this is just a read through, it catches typos and the like.

Copy, or line editing: this is where syntax, spelling, punctuation and grammar issues are found and corrected.

Content edit: this one has many names, but it all means the same thing. Here is where the story is played with, tweaked into better shape. It makes for a better story, rather than a cleaner copy.


I went for all of them. And it cost a pretty penny too, which I’m totally not crying over, at all. But I have hopes that it will be worth it in the long run.

Because I went for all of them, I have several options. I’m going to get the clean copy out as soon as I can, but the content changes need more consideration.  I want to hurry up and move on to getting the draft of ML2 done, but I can’t.

I need to do justice to Tristan’s story, and that means going back in and seeing what needs fixing. Plus if I make any changes I’m going to need to reflect them in the later novels.  It makes sense to do this now.

Stuff: Life, and books.

So its been a busy week for me.

I’ve finished college, and am just waiting on my results so that I can confirm my place at university. Exciting and terrifying.

The sudden excess of time has left me with a list of things to do. Things that have been neglected while I completed my coursework and sat exams. The normal things a husband and father has to do, many of you know them, as well as the less normal things that an author has to do.

I’ve been reading, which has fallen on the back burner a bit since college started, and I’ve been writing. Writing a series grows tiresome and few can stay focused on a single thing to the exclusion of all else, so in the interests of keeping it fresh I have another project that is a side thing. It lets me have a rest and go back into Ml with fresher eyes and renewed vigor.

I managed a 20k week, which is very good for me, in recent times. And they are a good 20k.

Reading the Spellmonger Series, which has a new book, Enchanter, and the new Play to live, Inferno.

Sales are dropping, which is disappointing but not unexpected. I will make a post to announce when the editing is complete for those of you waiting.

Author page

I was discussing things with some other authors and they pointed out the a more focused author’s page would be better than the amalgamated horror that I have here.

I have to fill it with content yet, but it is functional. Decided that it was best to get it going and see how things go.

Here is the link

Heart of the Storm

(Yes, its a little play on words.



a violent windstorm, especially one with rain, hail, or snow.

a violent commotion, disturbance, or tumult.)

Two steps forward, one step back.

The title should be a clue. This is an update on progress.

Editing of MageLife is proceeding well, according to my editor. Looking at the end of June/start of July for the edits to come back to me and be assessed, and approved.

Writing the sequel, has hit turbulence. Now I’m just a baby author. Magelife was my first work, ever. And my process is not one of plotting and planning, it is of writing what feels right and seeing where it takes me. I have goals in regards to the story, things that must happen, but outside of this, it is very freeform. Some authors call this gardening, and it’s a style that many serialists, and novelists, employ.  Which actually makes it sound like more of a choice than it is. Some of us just can’t do the whole planning thing. Creative stuff can be weird.

Brandon Sanderson has a collection of YouTube videos that discuss this aspect of writing, if you are interested. He has a whole range of videos and posts. Write about Dragons.

But it is not without its problems, one of them is that it is easy to start in the wrong place, which is what I did. It took 40 thousand words and a month of work to realise that that is what the problem was. I may be learning slowly, but I am learning.

I like to think my writing has come on leaps and bounds, and my grades in english have borne that out, but sometime I make mistakes.

Starting again, and scrapping what I had worked on, was painful and demotivating. Doubt and worry are constant companions for most authors.

“Is it good enough?”

“Am I wasting my time?”

These are questions that haunt us, and for me, it has gotten worse since publishing. The large amount of positive feedback, is so frequently overwhelmed by the relatively small amount of negativity. In much the same way that you can be praised all the time for things you are good at but its the small criticism that weigh on your mind. Its not rational but it feeds the doubt worm in my head.

Now, none of this means I’m giving up. I’m not that sort of person. It doesn’t even mean that I’m slowing down, just that I’m cutting far more, and second guessing, so the progress is more steady.

I hope that results in a stronger story, and a better written one.


(I’m still debating with myself what to do with the blog now that the serial is over. I like the idea of it being an author blog, where I share my thoughts, update you all on progress, and what not, and link you to thinks I think, at least some of you will like.)

Feel free to comment and tell me what you think.

God Punk

Hello, my faithful readers, fans, followers and miscellaneous internet dwellers.

I bring you a new offering to feed your insatiable hunger for stories.

This isn’t mine but I came across it and thought “Wow, this is pretty cool.” It is also complete. So you won’t be left hungering in update hell.

From George Royce, the journalist who covered the god killings, comes this revelatory look at the end of the world. Godpunk covers the shootings at Jewell’s Damned, his meeting with the Death Cult in the ruins of the Metal Dragon Bones, and the friendship he forms with the Angel of Death.

It’s written by Billy Higgins

Shiny link is…….HERE