Writing as Release

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I had a couple of less good days this week.

Nothing particularly terrible in the grand scheme of things, just a few days where I really wanted to abandon everything, curl up in bed, read a good book and ignore the world outside until I felt better. Tea would be optional in this situation, of course.

Sadly, I live in the world where there are responsibilities to be met and bills to be paid. So, I could not just abandon my life in favour of my bed, no matter how much the urge came upon me or how crummy my mood became.

Naturally, I tried looking for a solution that did not involve hiding under the covers.

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Five Habits of Successful Writers

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Something all of us have in common is that we all have habits.

Human beings are, by and large, creatures of habit and routine. We routinely wake up at the same time every day, even without an alarm clock. We eat at similar times each day, and we carry out the same sort of activities day in and day out.

Now that might sound depressing, at least to some of us, but it needn’t be.  By performing the same sort of tasks multiple times, you will notice that you become better and better at said tasks and we can manipulate this by building habits for the tasks we want to become better at.

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few years researching how to build good writing habits. I’ve come across some great habits and some …less great habits. I’ve decided to share the five habits that I believe have been the most useful to me in improving my writing.

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Haloween Giveaway!

As a someone who loves horror, Haloween is my favourite time of year! When we spend a whole month celebrating everything spooky, terrifying and macabre.

So this year to try and spread my joy for the haunting season I’m giving away one of my favourite, brand new short stories, Faithful Shadows.

What do you do when the shadows come alive?

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Amenti: Chapter One

cover final-page-001The water moved like it had a mind.

With a cruel purpose, it sliced its way through the darkness. No matter how fast Bobtail ran the water was faster, it reached him in moments and swallowed the little cat with ease. Bobtail’s already aching chest burned with the need to breathe. The water squeezed him tight, forcing him to open his jaws, gasping for air but all there was, was water. Bobtail fought the tide knowing he could not win. Darkness swallowed him.

He woke from the nightmare gasping for breath, his fur standing on end and his claws digging into the soft seat of the car. The stink of car exhaust, sweat and rest stop food turned his already tense stomach. He looked around rapidly his whiskers twitching. The car bounced over a pothole, he leapt to his paws and stumbled into a half full box.

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5 Myths About Blogging

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Blogging is fun, interesting and if you are good and lucky you can even make your living doing it.

In some situations, a blog can be used to supplement your income/brand/business, to connect with people all over the world and interact with people who you would never meet otherwise, and sometimes they can just be for the fun of it. I personally use my non-fiction blog to answer the most prominent questions people raise with my website, my fiction blog is used to talk to people who have similar interests to myself and share my stories.

However when you get started and look into what it takes to become a successful blogger, then you can be inundated with advice, and sometimes that advice can perpetuate myths that are not true.

Here are five of the most common myths I would like to dispel.

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Writers Block

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Bit of a personal blog today.

For the first time in my writing life I’m hitting a real block.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had writers block before, at least the kind of writer’s block where I sit down of an evening and can’t churn out the words. But this block is different, I am well able to sit here and churn out words, this blog wouldn’t exist otherwise. I’m also having very little trouble writing my non-fiction articles.

This block seems to be entirely related to fiction.

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Is there a limit to what we can talk about?

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Despite the interval in my updates, (caused by a recent house move followed immediately by a holiday, then coming back to find the house had not magically sorted itself out) I love blogging.

It is my favorite way to reach out to people either through finding their blogs and commenting there or responding to comments on my blog. It is a unique way to communicate with people online and has many advantages over other kinds of social media.

You can say more in a blog than you can on Facebook or Twitter, you don’t need to be photogenic or have a good eye the way you do with Instagram, and you don’t need to have recording equipment/software the way you do with YouTube.

Blogging allows you to mix text, images, and video all in one place and speak to people on different levels. You can say so much more with a blog, and I’m still learning about all the different ways you can use a blog to connect with people.

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Amenti Chapter Four

cover final-page-001Bobtail watched as the cats around him lowered their heads and arched their backs. The scent of their anger hung heavy around them, but stronger even than their anger was the scent of their fear. They were terrified.

“I’m not a murderer,” Bobtail said as firmly as he could.

“I don’t like how you smell, stranger,” the big tom said, trailing his claws through the dirt.

“I don’t think it’s my smell that you should be worried about,” Bobtail said trying to focus on the tom speaking to him and ignore the others.

“You reek of Hell,” the big tom said.

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Unexpected Absence

I’ve been gone for the majority of August!

While there was some time off planned for August (for me to spend time visiting my family in the west country), it was not supposed to be quite as much as it turned out being.

I feel like I’ve been gone a full month when in reality it’s not even been a full three weeks, but so much has happened!

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Amenti Now Avalible for Pre-Order!

I’m utterly thrilled to announce that Amenti is now available for Pre-Order!

Coming November 2017

AMENTI

An epic tale of mystery, murder and monsters, told by Bobtail, who happens to be, among other things, a cat

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Bobtail is moving house, again. But amongst the usual worries of finding his litter tray and hoping the local store has his food, Bobtail quickly discovers his new home is harbouring some dangerous secrets. Secrets that put his life in danger when they lead to Bobtail becoming the prime suspect for a recent stint of murders.

Only a day into his new home and Bobtail finds himself embroiled in a twisted plot that spans the centuries and will affect both man and cat alike.

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

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