Showing posts from February, 2008

New Look

After seeing the blog of fellow writer Lawrence Dagstine, I decided to give my blog an overhaul and try and make it look a little more like a website. I really must get round to doing a website one of these years, but this old thing will have to do for now.

I'm very pleased that The Hotel Galileo is finally finished--well, almost. I'm sending it out to friends and relatives for a read and, hopefully some feedback, before I try sending it to publishers. But after all the hard work editing it, it's a really nice feeling having something solid and substantial ready to send out.

I've got about eight short stories being considered at the moment at various venues, and I'm hoping for some good news soon. This has been the longest period in recent times where I've not had an imminent publication. The only thing lined up for 2008 is the appearance of 'Wizard's Gambit' in the Arcane Whispers anthology due in May.

Dead of Night Awards Update

Oh, yeah, just to mention: I didn't win the coveted Dead of Night Award (obviously). Instead the award for best author went to Hugh McDonald, and best artist went to, deservedly in my opinion, Vincent Chong. He provided the cover art for Hub issue 2 (featuring my story 'Juju'). He got my vote! Congrats to Hugh and Vincent.

Arcane Whispers Anthology

Wizard's Gambit

Great news yesterday that I wasn't expecting. My story 'Wizard's Gambit' was published in Sorcerous Signals ezine last May and it was voted the favourite story of that issue. Praise enough. Now editor Carol Hightshoe is producing a Best-of Anthology: Arcane Whispers: The Best of Sorcerous Signals, and 'Wizard's Gambit' has been selected to appear in it. The antho is due for publication in May this year. Fantastic!

The story is still available to read online: check it out here: Sorcerous Signals

The Hotel Galileo - Update

This 35k novella (short novel?) is virtually completed. The extensive re-jig has taken a good few weeks (and much eyestrain) to get it into shape ready for submitting to prospective publishers. And although I don't expect publishers to be falling over each other to get their hands on it (novellas are notoriously hard to sell anyway) I do think it's a great little story and I had an absolute ball writing it. I've …