Monday, 29 October 2012

Blindsighted Wanderer: RELEASE DATE AND COVER REVEAL


I'm delighted to announce that Blindsighted Wanderer will be released in ebook format through Darkest Night Publishing on Tuesday 20th November!!!!

The cover is also done now, by Tishia Mackey from Para Graphic Designs, and I'm absolutely delighted with it. Thank you, Tishia!



I want to say a HUUUUUGE thank you to everyone who's helped me get to this point - there are a lot of people who really got behind me on this and it honestly means the world to me. From offering your opinions on the sample chapters (all that time ago!) to keeping an eye on the story's progress as it makes its way closer to the big wide world... you're all superstars!!!

I hope you like it all as much as I do, and I really can't wait for the big day when the story of Merrin, Silas and Raphael comes to life.

Thank you everybody for all your support!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Skewering defenceless inanimate objects!

Another year of university means another year of archery! Today I went back to have my first shoot in about six months. I was worried I'd be a bit out of practise and arrows would be going all over the place.

That's not what happened. Instead, I think I did the best I ever have!


 
 

 We'd put the bottle on the top as a sort-of extra target, and everyone shooting from that station got a bit of a vendetta against it. You can't see it too well, but in the bottom photo, my arrow has actually gone inbetween the wood and metal strut. I'd been aiming for the bottle, but I didn't actually realise I'd hit it until I went over to collect the arrows; I thought I'd just hit the wood! Needless to say, I am one happy bunny!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Hallowe'en is a-comin'!

I'm so excited; this week is going to be very busy getting all the stuff ready! Every year I try to outdo what I did the year before. This time I'm planning to make spider webs out of PVA glue to stick on the windows, and my Mum and I are going to go crazy in the kitchen with spooky baking.
 
I've had an idea to make a marble cake using black and orange mixture, and then decorate it with icing like a pumpkin or something. But if anyone else loves making cakes and wants to get festive, I'd highly recommend checking out Lilli Vanilli - especially her book A Zombie Ate My Cupcake! It's full of really creepy recipies brilliant for this time of year. I'll prewarn, some of them are pretty grotesque so might not be great if you're squeamish, but they all taste sooooo nice! I've made a few  before and had a load of fun creating Dia De Los Muertos sugar skulls, meringue bones, and a gingerbread graveyard...
 
Leading on from books, I've been cracking open all my favourite Hallowe'en reads: Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker and H. P. Lovecraft to name a few! Tim Buton and horror movies have taken over my DVD player, and I'm on the hunt for a nice big pumpkin. I try to do something different every year - the scary demon face wins sometimes, but the last few years I've done a witch flying across the moon, and Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas. Occasionally I even use a turnip as well - that's a more traditional English lantern, before pumpkins became popular. They're a pain to carve and you can't do much detail, but they look awesome hanging from wall brackets outside the house!
 
Next weekend I'm planning on doing a ghost walk as well. The nearby city is rumoured to be one of the most haunted in England, which doesn't surprise me since it's been standing since the first century! Even the chocolate shop supposedly has a poltergeist! I know a lot of the stories because I've lived here for so long, and I love ghosts, so I go exploring my favourite places close to Hallowe'en.
 
As for my costume... I'm not being too adventurous this year, I'm afraid. My original plan was to do Hysteria Alice from Alice: Madness Returns, but then I found out my BSc Graduation is two days later. And since that make-up would mean A LOT of fake blood on my arms and face, I don't think it'd go down very well with the Dean if I walked through the cathedral still covered in the stuff! So I'm doing Plan B: vampire, which should be a bit easier to clean up! Hysteria can wait until next year! In the meantime, I'm ploughing through my first two assignments so I'll have all the time in the world to have fun!
 
Wishing everyone a very Happy Hallowe'en!!!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Blindsighted Wanderer concept artwork

Hi, everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that now you can see some of the concept artworks I've done for Blindsighted Wanderer by clicking here or by visiting the Bonus Material link at the top of the blog. You can also see them in the Blindsighted Wanderer photo album on my Facebook page.

There will be more coming soon, both in digital and traditional mediums. I have quite a lot of very messy thumbnail sketches, done mainly to help me with the writing process, so it's now going to be a process of sifting through them to find ones that will look best when polished up. Although, I'll probably keep the majority of My Tragic Silence's art for nearer the time of its release. That's not to say there won't be a few vampires popping up alongside water nymphs though, so be sure to watch out for them!

Thanks for looking, I hope you'll like the pictures!

Monday, 15 October 2012

My new Victorian writing desk!!!

I am SOOOOOOOOO HAPPY!!!!!! The other day, my dad picked up this beautiful 19th century writing desk for me! It was a complete surprise; he took me into the spare room in my grandfather's house and there it was, just for me!


I don't think my smile could have got any wider. I haven't had any desk at all for almost seven years, but I've wanted a proper writing desk for even longer, and now I get one that reaches back to the 1800s. And you can't really see it in that photo, but it's got a little key in the top too!

It's living at my grandfather's for the near future, because my room at my house is tiny - if I raise both hands then I can touch two of the walls. Needless to say, I've been busy re-arranging all my books and DVDs, trying to figure out a way to get the desk in there! It would be a lot easier if my wardrobe wasn't bolted in place, but beggars can't be choosers. So far, it looks like I'll have to get rid of my bigger bookcase and find homes for the books in the cupboards somewhere. I'm still not sure if it will even be possible, but I really hope I can manage it somehow!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Bonus Material


Does this place look a little different?
I decided to give it a bit of a revamp for the upcoming release of Blindsighted Wanderer. I don’t have the final date yet, but it’s coming close, so watch this space!
There are also a few new links that you can check out, like Goodreads, and Bonus Material. On that second one, you'll find extras that tie into both Blindsighted Wanderer and My Tragic Silence. At the moment, Blindsighted Wanderer's section has the most links, but more will be added to My Tragic Silence soon, as well as other stuff like concept artwork.

In the Bonus at the moment are the soundtrack song listings for both the novels, research notes, and an English folktale. I honestly hope you'll enjoy checking them out! Go to the links bar overhead to have a browse!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

One of those update-things...

Well, quite a bit's happened since I last paid this place a visit! The main news to report is that I'm back at uni... now, I'm a postgrad student and I've got another two years scribbling notes and hiding away in the library! It was my first day today, eight hours of really sciencey stuff, and I've already got coursework! Two 2000-word essays that I need to hand in by January at the latest.
 
All I'll say is, I wish I could write a 2000-word assignment as quickly as a 2000-word chapter!
 
Speaking of books, I've been writing away, too... I've now got two more completed novels (the rest of the Trilogy of J'hura, following Phoenix Feathers), and I've started planning the next one. I won't begin it properly until sometime next year - a high fantasy trilogy in six months is one heck of an achievement but also one heck of a killer! So I'm going to have a little break and concentrate on getting everything just right before I plunge into this new story. But I'm very happy with how much work I managed to get done this summer, and finishing off a series is a really nice place to relax.
 
And for anyone who's interested in my upcoming first novel, all I'll say is that it won't be long now! I'm getting so excited... Watch this space!