Reflecting on March (2017)… Sneak peak at a new look for ‘Get Over It’…

behind-the-writing-desk2March has been another month of non-writing writing stuff. I have rewritten the synopsis for ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’, and the character profiles for the two main characters, Darkwood and Hobbs. It’s amazing how much I love writing, but HATE writing synopses and summaries like that. This is for the upcoming condensing of all my work under one website and social media under my name instead of my titles. The new covers for ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’ are now uploaded to Kindle and Smashwords. With those done, I turned to my self-help title ‘Get Over It’. I’ve slightly tweaked the title, and decided to have a bit more fun with the cover. It was quite plain before, and while it’s a bit busy now, it’s more colourful and playful, which I like. Go on, I know you want to have a look. Check it out and see what you think…

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Reflecting on February…(2017) A new look for ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’…

behind-the-writing-desk2February has all been about photoshop. So, after some drawings, downloads, and lots and lots of mouse clicks and drags, I have tweaked and changed all the covers for ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’ and created a new logo. Being the perfectionist I am, I’m not a 100% happy with them, but I think they are an improvement on the previous covers. I like the boldness and the simplicity of the new look. I think they read better, but I’m not sure the silver leaf effect works well on the images at the centre of each cover if there’s too much detail in them. Especially so as a thumbnail–although I guess there aren’t too many covers which do actually work at thumbnail size.

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Reflecting on January… (2017) Non-writing writing…

behind-the-writing-desk2The first month of 2017 is gone already. Free from studying, I’ve been a little slower at getting back to the writing desk than I expected myself to be. I’m taking time to look after my inner child after a year of neglect. I have a lot of making up to do to the poor guy. So, there has been lots of flumping into my bean bag, drinking tea, eating, and watching ‘He-Man’. That’s been a bit of a rediscovery for me. I love that show. Sometimes, when things have been complicated, it can feel good to go simple. You can’t get much simpler than cartoons. Well, maybe not anime… And there has been lots of fun and games with the husband. Board games that is, you filthy people. Because, I’ve felt that I’ve been neglecting him too. He thought me being on another planet with writing was bad, then I pitched myself into studying and he probably found I was even less present. But, I’m back now, in life, into my interests, and I’m back at the writing desk too…

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Reflecting on May to December (2016)…

Reports of my admission to rehab for cake and board game addiction are greatly exaggerated. *I say, wiping chocolate frosting and meeples from my cheek*. This blog, and pretty much all social media attached to my writing have all been neglected. I just couldn’t keep up with it all. Life interrupts…

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City of Heroes #2 Convention…

After having such a good time at the weekend con City of Heroes last year, we booked up for City of Heroes #2 pretty much as it was announced. In the interim the guest list gained heroic proportions, with guests being announced right up until a few weeks before it was due to kick off.

Jason Momoa (Thrones & Auqaman); from Arrow there was, Stephen Amell (Green Arrow), David Ramsey (Diggle/Spartan), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoake), John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn), Willa Holland (Speedy), Colton Haynes (Arsenal), Katie Cassidy (Black Canary), Michael Rowe (Deadshot), Charlotte Ross (Felicity’s mother) and Amy Gumenick (Cupid); from Flash there was Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells), Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost), Robbie Amell (Firestorm), Keiynan Lonsdale (Wally West) and Peyton List (Lisa Snart/Golden Glider); from Legends of Tomorrow, Brandon Routh (ATOM–& Superman of course), Franz Drameh (Firestorm), Ciara Renee (Hawkgirl) and Falk Hentschel (Hawkman); Gotham, Sean Pertwee (Alfred), Corey Michael Smith (Edward Nygma) and David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne); and finally, from Supergirl, Italia Ricci. That’s quite a list of people for a two day con…

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Reflecting on April (2016)… ‘Sigils’ # 1 What do you want from romance?

I have been thinking a lot about my upcoming project ‘Sigils’. Which I want you to be a part of. More details to come. I have decided I want there to be a bit of a love thing going on through it. Although most of my work features relationships of some sort, I really want the reader of this supernatural tale to be invested in the relationship between the two main characters as well as the main mystery. It just happened in ‘Harvest’ between Craig and Kelly, and in ‘The Pack’, well, I kind of used a relationship to define a character (bad, I know), and I came close to romance with ‘The Room’ I guess, but I want this to be more about falling in love, rather than a denied relationship being acknowledged. That’s quite a step for me, as I remember approaching reading a romance novel with a ‘what the hell am I doing reading this’, as though it was beyond me as a man. And I thought I was above such thoughts. Then I found myself grinning like a soppy loon, when amidst all the supernatural action the guy got the guy.

Now, I know what I want from romance in life–tea, cake, a fun fumble and a game of X-wing… But I’ve never really thought what I want from a romance story in the same way I know what I want from a horror or supernatural mystery. There are plenty of tropes: trust to misunderstanding back to trust again, forced relationship, best friend to lover, hate to love, forbidden love, loving beyond boundaries, love triangle. So, as I want you guys on board in shaping this project, I thought I would throw it open to you–what do you want from romance in your books? Do you like tropes? Do you have a favourite? What do you hate? Does the word ‘romance’ challenge you as it once did me–and why? Hell, I wanna hear from you if you don’t think romance should be up and centre with the mystery in supernatural horror books.

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