The Godless Soundtrack

  Last week I would make a soundtrack for the Godless. I’m not sure why – but I did, and you’ll have to suffer it. The Godless, if you haven’t read it, has three points of view. For most of the book, each of the three main character appears in one of named chapters, their […]

The Art of Rejection

  When I started writing, long ago now, one of the first pieces of advice given to me was never to take rejection personally. It wasn’t bad advice, but of course, I took it personally. I mean, how could I not? Someone had turned down a piece that I had worked on. It was me. […]

Coetzee’s Three Stories, Money for Boats, and Snowpiercer 1

  Yesterday, I read a tiny collection by J.M. Coetzee called Three Stories. It was put out by an independent press in Australia, Text, who also did his last novel, The Childhood of Jesus, in 2013. I have a weakness of nice looking books, books that are objects, and Three Stories is a cute little […]

Where You Want to Burn a Name

  Last week on facebook I posted a small excerpt from the Eternal Kingdom on it: ‘How long have you been a soldier?’ he asked. ‘A few months?’ Isaap offer a wry smile. ‘Just over a year, I guess. I was given a posting last spring. First Talon.’ ‘What were you before?’ ‘Rich.’ ‘And you […]

The Gemmell Awards

  It appears that the Godless has picked up a nomination for a Morningstar in the David Gemmell Awards. The Morningstar is for best first fantasy novel, in case you’re curious. The Gemmells are a big popular vote award, so, thank you for everyone who liked the Godless and voted for it. When a book comes […]

Mad Max: Fury Road

  Went and saw George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road last week. A film, really, that is deserving to see in a cinema. It’s a big, beautiful spectacle. It has a few flaws, the primarily being what I consider a sin of plot, in which the characters go one way, only to decide at the […]

The Lost Years of Epic Fantasy

  When I was eighteen, I stopped reading epic fantasy for a while. It was Robert Jordan’s fault, if you must know. I had just finished my final exams at High School in my own, lackluster fashion, and I had planned to sit around and read a few books over the following months, before the […]

Leviathan’s Blood 1

  I finished edits on Leviathan’s Blood last week and turned it in. The new release date, for those of you keeping up, with be February next year. There will likely be a few tweaks here and there, but as it stands, I think it’s pretty cool. It is around 175k in length, and I […]

Authors Against Literary (or, Authors Who Make You Sad)

  I decided that I wanted to be an author early on in life. Before that, I had wanted to be an artist. Before that, an inventor. I was most likely meant to move on to something respectable like musician or puppeteer after author, but I never did. I didn’t meet an author until much […]

Somewhere in April

  At the end of the Hugo debate – should there be an end – one thing will be true: and that is that speculative fiction will have failed in a truly spectacular way in regards to equality. As a genre, what has emerged in the wake of Sad Puppies has reflected very poorly on […]