Writing - novels, short stories, etc.

  • Writing,  Short Stories,  Featured

    Obscurities Revisited

    When I originally wrote ‘Obscurities’ it seemed logical to give it a cover that matched the album the story sprang from, but with a little hindsight, what worked for the album never really felt right as a book cover. The…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing,  Some Other Scotland

    Writing Progress

    This year I once again had a go at the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing a book/50,000 words in the space of 30 days. I bent the rules somewhat this time around, using the 50k to finish off Some Other Scotland…

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    Writing,  NaNoWriMo

    Scapple for Quick Maps

    I’ve mentioned my use of the relatively new application Scapple before, but as I work towards finishing off the epic that ‘Some Other Scotland‘ has become, this apparently simple little app has been making a growing impression on my workflow.…

  • Obscurities Cover

    Obscurities – Inside the Package

    Time for a little more behind-the-scenes about Obscurities. The text side of the whole package was put together with Scrivener, which I use for all my writing, but this time I dug deeper into the facilities within the software than…

  • Scapple planning
    Writing,  Some Other Scotland,  NaNoWriMo

    Pushing Forty

    For the final weekend of NaNoWriMo I’m pleased to have hit the 40,000 word mark – a milestone worthy of comment, I think. That leaves only 10,000 words to hit the NaNo goal, but I think, from progress so far,…

  • Writing,  Some Other Scotland,  NaNoWriMo

    NaNo Halfway

    The halfway mark for NaNoWriMo has passed and I am pleased to say that I have managed to stay on target. The little chart here shows a couple of yellow and orange days, which are those where the daily target…

  • Writing,  Some Other Scotland,  NaNoWriMo

    NaNoWriMo 2012

    It’s that time of the year again and, after sitting out last year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I’m giving it another shot in 2012. This time I have set myself the goal of writing another 50,000 words to Some…

  • Writing,  Podcast,  Short Stories,  Some Other Scotland


    A few months ago the team at Podioracket launched an anthology podcast featuring writers of Podiobooks.com stories. This is the second of these collections they have produced, though this one differed from the first by showcasing stories that were spin-offs…

  • Writing,  Music

    Creativity and Marketing Models

    Over at Chocolate Scotch, Sue Taliaferro is running a series of guest posts on the subject of Creativity, Art and Inspiration. She has featured viewpoints from writers, musicians, podcasters and artists in varying media, with almost fifty posts online and…

  • Donau Blues Cover
    Writing,  Short Stories


    The Wiener Blut experience rolls onwards and I’m pleased to announce the availability of my entry into this world, “Donau Blues”, as an eBook from Amazon UK or Amazon US for the Kindle, or from Smashwords for any other eReader.…