Journal

Planet Coaster: Life has its ups and downs

I received Planet Coaster as a sort of early Christmas present, because I had seen some of it in action and would not shut up talking about it. Years ago, I was a big fan of the 1999 classic RollerCoaster Tycoon, listening to all the tiny people sending me complaints about how long they’ve had to queue for the haunted house. Planet Coaster is all that in glorious, stylised 3D, and I have fallen for it in a big way.

I'm not giving up

I started writing the first draft for what would eventually become my debut novella, Izzy Hartley and the Luminal Magnifier, in 2008. Back then it wasn’t unrecognisable, but definitely different. The broad strokes of the plot were there, however, and that included the fight against fascism.

Stay updated!

If you’ll direct your attention to the top of the main page, you’ll see you can now subscribe to my mailing list. Put in your email address and you’ll be signed up, meaning you’ll get an alert straight to your inbox every time I release something new – and that’s it! There will be no spam, no emails from anyone else, and no constant advertisements to buy the same thing. Nothing except for a simple message on occasion to tell you: ‘Hey, look! It’s a new book.’

The Force Awakens: Old legends retold

Let me start off by saying that I did not particularly like the new Star Trek movies. I had a soft spot for the neo-retro sort of look, but style can’t compensate for substance – or lack thereof. Which meant I was a little cautious about approaching the new Star Wars movie, not simply because of the same director, but because of the general way that Hollywood has been doing legacy movies.

I am so, so relieved that I had absolutely nothing to worry about.

The Martian: hope and potatoes

I’m a huge nerd and I love space exploration, so it’s no huge surprise that I saw The Martian this week — but my delight at semi-realistic NASA missions is not the only reason. I’m showing my support for a fellow self-publisher, Andy Weir, who made it big with his book-turned-Hollywood-blockbuster, and it gives me vast quantities of hope about my own career.

Passion projects and free fiction

I get ideas from a lot of different sources. Sometimes when I listen to music, it’s like it’s part of a soundtrack to a movie that I can’t see, but I can definitely feel. I know the way the action should go on screen as I listen to the rise and fall, and from there an idea forms. I’ve got a big appetite for media, I like music, movies, games, books, television, radio, comics, theatre, and whatever else I’ve forgotten to list there. I drink it all in, and in turn it inspires me.

Where there's smoke, there's Fire-in-the-Night

It’s been a little over a year since I last put out a full book, but what a year! I had to take a lot of time off for personal reasons, and they were not the fun kind. But I’m back now, with my second novella, A Gift from the Sky. The first tale about Fire-in-the-Night, a young woman in a prehistoric world of stone tools and magical Gifts, where she has to strike out on her own for the very first time.

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