Let Me Pitch You… Fantastic Four

I’m of a mind to do some short form stuff, and seeing as I haven’t updated this site for a while because I’m a trash bag carefully sculpted to look like a human, I should probably combine the two.

So, I’m going to give you my pitch on a Fantastic Four film, because nothing I pitch you can be worse than what they’ve actually made.

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Cold Dawn now available!

Well, it *has* been a while since I was last here, hasn’t it? Well, I have a good reason for that, and here it is:

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COLD DAWN

I wrote a sci-fi novel about people who live in giant cities that travel across a frozen planet. It’s also on sale right now, on Amazon, in delicious kindle form right this very second and now also in lovely dead-tree form!

Here are some links for you, if you’re interested.

Kindle UK

Kindle US

Print UK

Print US

Lore and Order is up for Pre-Order

loreSo, here we are then.

After fiddling with the manuscript for far too long, getting the cover drawn up, sending it to agents three separate times, and writing a whole new book in the mean time, Lore and Order is finally ready for you to read.

Yay!

Right now you can only pre-order the ebook version, but you don’t have long to wait. It’ll launch on the 19th of September, which is also when I’ll open up the print version for purchase. So, if you are one of those chaps or chappettes who prefers your books as a book and not as a file, don’t think I’m leaving you out in the cold this time.

Anyway, this page is going to serve as the basic hub of information for the book. Where and when you can buy it, that sort of thing. It’ll be updated as the days roll by.

So, where to get the book (in order of which version I would prefer you to buy, but feel free to ignore that for your own personal preference):

Amazon Ebook: Here!

Not-Amazon Print: Here!

Amazon Print: This probably won’t be available for ages because of how long it takes to shove this stuff through, but when it is, it’ll be on here too.

Let’s have a chat about spoilers

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Everyone is getting very angry about spoilers right now, aren’t they? If you’ve been near a social media website, I’m sure you’ve seen some people complaining about others spoiling the latest episode of Game of Thrones for them. If not, you will have seen the people complaining about the people complaining about having been spoiled. So much anger.

Look, people are going to want to talk about something they’ve enjoyed watching. Sharing enjoyment is a thing we can’t help but do, we want to talk with people we like about things, it happens. Now, the easiest way to avoid such spoilers would be to say “well, just don’t go on social media then” which, while accurate, is a little bit smug. Let’s try and use twitter to explain what I mean. Granted, this is how I see twitter, but I don’t think it’s far off. Essentially, if you don’t direct a tweet at a particular person, you are talking to everyone. Think of it as shouting in the street. Would you shout Game of Thrones spoilers aloud while in the queue in Sainsburys? Maybe you would, I don’t know, but if you wouldn’t, why does that make it different to do on twitter?

And even if it does, what does it cost to preface your spoilery tweet with another that says something like “by the way, I’m about to tweet about the latest episode of Game of Thrones publicly”? It costs nothing. Yes, you don’t have to think about the people who haven’t seen it yet. Sure, they run the risk of spoilers by being online at all, but it’s not like its hard to give a warning.

But don’t think I’m getting all grumpy at you for wanting to talk about something you loved. There’s plenty of chiding to go around. Even if my methodology were to be followed universally, you have to go into the internet expecting to run into spoilers about something so popular. You may not have to like that this is a thing, but you should prepare nonetheless. If you can avoid twitter, then do. Certainly don’t go anywhere near imgur. Protect yourself.

Both sides of this argument are being a bit daft really. Just relax. Be excellent to each other. Just take tiny precautions so as to give each other a chance to not offend yourselves. It’s not hard.

Although, that said, this doesn’t include people who talk directly to you and WON’T SHUT UP ABOUT SPOILERY THINGS, or people who use the argument “The book came out fourteen years ago” when talking about the TV adaptation. The latter is particularly arrogant. Would you spoil that same book if you knew someone was reading it for the first time? That is exactly what you are doing when you spoil Game of Thrones for someone. So don’t use that argument.

Just be nice. Both of you. Now kiss and make up.

Beta Readers, I need you (very soon)

Beta Testing

So things have been a bit quiet around here, and that’s because I’ve been working on SNIDE. It’s been a bit of a pain in the arse, and some of it has been like pulling teeth just trying to get words onto the page. Books are never as straightforward as you would imagine, and SNIDE has very much been proving that to be true.

BUT now I’m definitely, definitely, reaching the end of the book and I need fresh eyes to tell me what needs fixing. Not typos or grammar or any of that business — I should be fixing them anyway — but important things such as pacing and characters and plot.

Were you confused? Was something too heavy handed? Did I get a character’s name wrong for three quarters of the book before I noticed? Continuity errors! That sort of thing.

Basically, I want you to read the book and tell me if it’s good and what needs fixing to make it better.

If you are interested, hit me up on twitter or any other means of contacting me that you have. I’m more likely to let you do it if you’re someone I know, or someone who did the beta reading for Lore and Order, and if I don’t send you the book it’s nothing personal, I’m just completely arbitrary and fickle.

Also, a couple of provisos: It sounds daft to give deadlines for something that is a favour, but ideally I would like the notes back by the end of the month. I want to get to work on the next draft as soon as possible, you know how it is.

It would also be helpful if you were good at constructive criticism. Chances are, I’ll already have an idea as to whether you are or not, but still. Be nice 🙂

So yeah, do you want to read my book and stuff?