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Happy New Year ?>

Happy New Year

Yes, I know it’s rather late for a Happy New Year. In fact, I’ve just squeezed it in. But still. Happy New Year. I hope it’s as happy a new year for you as it is for me. I’ve had a short science fiction story, The Boom Show, published in the British Fantasy Society’s magazine, BFS Horizons for January 2018. This makes me very happy apart from one thing. Trying to be green, I decided to have paperless copies of…

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Gender Switch Classics or Classics Regendered novels ?>

Gender Switch Classics or Classics Regendered novels

You know when you’ve had a brilliant idea and think you’re really clever, only to find out that others have had it as well? It seems to happen quite often in Hollywood with ” twin movies” such as Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached or Antz and A Bug’s Life. Well, it happened to me recently. While browsing at Smashwords.com, I came across a couple of other authors who’ve done the same thing as me, retro-engineered a classic novel…

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Story Samples at Smashwords.com ?>

Story Samples at Smashwords.com

I was recently browsing through the books at http://www.smashwords.com and realised that many of the stories I was looking at didn’t allow the reader to download samples . Now, I can see why authors might feel like not doing that for a short story — the recommended 20% may seem rather a large amount or for a free story, hey — it’s free! But not to do it for novels that the reader is going to have to pay for, seems…

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Editing Fiction – an Arvon Course ?>

Editing Fiction – an Arvon Course

I’m just back from a week long Editing Fiction course run by the Arvon Foundation. I had the pleasure of spending my time in an old country house in the beautiful Devon countryside. I wish I could say the sun shone every day but it didn’t. There was no internet access or WiFi, which drove some of the other people on the course crazy but I found it refreshing to have no distractions from the outside world. I really enjoyed…

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My fan fiction ?>

My fan fiction

I realise I’ve never mentioned that I write fan fiction. I like  to read fan fiction as well. Some of the stuff I’ve read has been really clever. I especially like fan fiction  “crossovers”, where the characters from two different TV shows or books come together in a story. I think I like crossovers so much because in a way, it’s like alternate history (which I also love) and I never feel guilty reading them because clearly the author would…

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My favourite Pride and Prejudice fiction ?>

My favourite Pride and Prejudice fiction

Here’s a list of my current favourite Pride and Prejudice fiction in no particular order. Assumptions and Actuality, L Meredith This is a parody and there are only four daughters. All the names of the characters have been changed. Bridget Jones’ Diary, Helen Fielding. Probably the most famous Pride and Prejudice fiction novel and a perennial favourite of mine. Conceit and Concealment, Abigail Reynolds. This imagines Pride and Prejudice taking place in an England where Napoleon Bonaparte succeeded in conquering…

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“Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined” ?>

“Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined”

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined is by Stephanie Meyer, just in case you were wondering. I thought it might be a parody when I picked the book up or even a version of Midnight Sun, the Twilight from Edward Cullen’s point of view that famously she started writing but stopped because the first few chapters got leaked, but no. It does what it says on the tin, it is Twilight reimagined.  She has taken the story and changed the gender of…

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Smashwords Read An Ebook Week ?>

Smashwords Read An Ebook Week

I’m participating in the ninth annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Week promotion, which kicks off on Sunday 5 March and runs to the end of day on 11 March 2017. Each year, tens of thousands of Smashwords authors, publishers and readers participate in this global ebook celebration which offers FREE and deep-discounted ebooks. Both my ebooks, The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories and Pride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round will be free during the promotion. I had the choice…

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Poundland and bargain fantasy books ?>

Poundland and bargain fantasy books

Poundland is surprisingly good for picking up the odd fantasy book bargain. I know it’s not the first place you’d usually think of for cheap  books but I have found quite a few decent fantasy books there, either in hardback or in large paperback format. The latest one I’ve found, which admittedly was not a fantasy book, was a small hardback of Joan Aitken’s Mansfield Revisited, a sequel to Mansfield Park. As I’m interested in sequels to classics, I couldn’t…

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TWO THIRDS OF THE WAY THROUGH NANOWRIMO 2016 ?>

TWO THIRDS OF THE WAY THROUGH NANOWRIMO 2016

It’s 21 November, so we’re halfway through Nanowrimo 2016. This is my second time of doing Nanowrimo and it’s a different experience from the first time, mainly, because I haven’t started from scratch this time. I wanted to use Nanowrimo to finish off a novel I started some time ago and got to about 40,000 words. In some ways, it has been good, knowing I’ve already got 40,000 words I can use towards the word count. It takes the pressure…

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