New Horizons

Hi there,

I recently informed you of some new developments I was making for the Col Sec series, well it seems that there may be an end in sight for these.

In a few days time I should be able to tell you of a few details of what is planned.

In the meantime I recently received some reviews for the first two books in the series

That’s all for now

See you all soon


Writer’s support

Hi there,

at a recent meeting of the writer’s group I joined we talked about supporting each other. In respect of that here are a few links.

that’s all for now, as soon as I have any more I’ll list them here too.

Enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday and I’ll see you soon


There is no substitute for experience.

Hi there,

something occurred to me the other day as I was contemplating my writing chores and it was something that I had read about ages ago. It was a snippet of advice from a writer that was being interviewed on the TV. He said that you should always write about what you know, things that you have experienced.

The thought that occurred to me was how does that relate to a writer of science fiction?

How can anyone write about space travel or alien species or any of the other paraphernalia that populates science fiction stories if you haven’t experienced it?

Another question then formed in my addled mind which was, how much of a background in the sciences does a writer need to be able to write a science fiction story?

I think the key word here is ‘fiction’ at least I hope it is because in my work I try to keep the science to a minimum simply because I am no scientist. I do what research I think I need on certain aspects of the story and I hope that the story is engaging enough for the reader to get past the more fantastic elements.

This is a good question to ask though I think, just to see what the average reader thinks. Should the writer of a science fiction story have a background knowledge of the sciences or is it enough for them to do the research necessary?

I’ll leave it open to discussion for anyone interested.

That’s all for now,

see you soon,



Hi there,

at the writer’s group recently I heard that the big 6 publishing houses quite openly look for prolific bloggers and cultivate them for their own ends. They wine and dine them and then ask them to post reviews on Amazon on books the publisher’s have coming out .

To me this is a tad under handed in the respect that they are garnering support for a book that may not be worthy. The reviews that get posted and from what I learnt, it only takes up to ten, increase the profile of a book and then  the increase in sales follows.

To the publishers it’s good business sense but to me it smacks of bullying. They are using their weight to manipulate the sales of their merchandise. What hope does a small publisher or even a self published author have against that might?

Also I might add that it’s not illegal, in my opinion it’s certainly immoral but that’s just me.

If I had the chance would I use the same strategy? That is a question I have asked myself constantly since learning of this tactic and was outraged by it.  I have to say though, and I hang my head in shame, that I would.

Does that make me a bad person? I don’t know, but it makes me an honest one.

That’s all for now,

see you soon