First paragraph

This morning I’ve been working on the first paragraph of a story. The draft I’d written earlier did a bit of scene setting but wasn’t as polished as a first paragraph needs to be, and certainly didn’t grab the reader as a first paragraph needs to do.

At this moment it is much improved, but it’s something I will return to, probably many times between now and the day the story is published.

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Time for Cakes and Ale

Last weekend I was a guest on the Time for Cakes and Ale podcast, episode 15, chatting about short fiction in the science fiction and fantasy genre. We also talked about my own writing, and the shortlisted stories for the BSFA Award. The episode is online now. Much thanks to Eeson and Becks for inviting me on. 😀

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Eastercon

Had a great time at Eastercon. The time flew by. The ale was good (if expensive). Thanks to everyone who chatted. Special thanks to Eeson and Becks – I guested on their podcast, which will be posted soon.

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Eastercon

Tonight I’ll be packing and tomorrow heading off to Eastercon, the British Science Fiction Convention. The focus is mainly on books and magazines rather than film and TV, and it’s a very writer-friendly event. Should be a lot of fun.

I’m not on the programme of panels etc but always happy to speak to anyone about writing, publishing or anything else.

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Kobo Plus

If you’re in the Netherlands or Belgium and a subscriber to Kobo Plus, you might like to read my novella The Flight of the Ravens, which is available in the subscription service now.

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The Flight of the Ravens

The ebook of my novella The Flight of the Ravens is currently selling for just £1.19 / $1.65. Similarly priced around the world on kindle, googleplay, kobo and nook.

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Disaster averted

The latest meeting of the writers group almost ended in disaster last night when one of my fellow writers left the meeting wearing my coat instead of his, with my car/house keys in the coat pocket. Fortunately we caught up with him before he got on the train home, swapped coats, and I was able to retrieve my car and return home. Phew.

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