Calvanni Preview

by Chris McMahon Hi, everyone. I am on holidays at the moment, out of reach of the internet for the next three weeks - yep it's back to pen and paper:) In the mean time here is a sneak preview of The Calvanni. I will post Chapter 1, followed by the first half of Chapter... Continue Reading →

Plot Can Never Dull Her Infinite Variety

So, you’ve got all your ducks in a row. Unless your plot is about misaligned ducks.  You’ve sent the pope for a swim.  You’ve Heinleined your info.  You’ve let go of what you can’t control.  Your plot starts with action.  You throw us in head first.  Your middle sequence is a rising series of battles.... Continue Reading →

Goals for the New Year

by Amanda S. Green As the year draws to an end, I've seen a lot of blog posts and news articles about the "Year in Review". I guess I could do one of those today but, frankly, I'd rather not. I've written all I could ever want to about the Borders bankruptcy and what locally... Continue Reading →

Boxing day

Well now, it's Boxing day (do Americans have boxing day?) the day after Christmas, so called because all the kids found out what their friends had got for Christmas pressies and gave them a sock in the jib... hey I make up stuff for a living. It's a more interesting theory than some to do... Continue Reading →

Sizing the Story

by Chris McMahon After working on novels for quite a while now, I found myself surprised by a the desire to write a new SF short. It got me thinking about the size of stories. Size is always an issue. For novels shorter is better for a first novel - some say even as low... Continue Reading →

Light In The Darkness

Today is Winter Solstice.  It is a time of the year I look forward to every year.  You see, I’m photovoltaic – if I were a machine I’d work from solar cells – and tend to get very depressed every winter, as we reach the coldest, darkest days of the year.  It seems like everything... Continue Reading →

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