I've talked for ages about doing some map tutorials, and today I had to draw up a fairly elaborate city for one of my maps. I figured I'd break it down step by step so you get a better idea of how I do it. This isn't the only way to draw map cities, but… Continue reading Drawing a City on a Fantasy Map
I've noticed the old traditional vs indie publishing debate is swirling around Twitter again, so I thought I'd add my thoughts to it, as someone who chose indie publishing, and explain why I did. I think writers are generally neurotic people, and when it comes to publishing, we fall into two camps of anxiety: First,… Continue reading Why I Chose to Publish Indie
I think a lot of people dream of going freelance. Working for themselves, setting their own hours and workdays, running their lives from the comfort of a home office. But while there's a load of advice articles out there which have a title along the lines of "Five Things To Know If You Go Freelance,"… Continue reading How I Became A Freelance Mapmaker
People ask me from time to time how to write a short story. "I start off well, with a setting and characters and an interesting situation," they tell me, "but it just gets bigger. Before I know it I have another novel." In my opinion, the actual writing of a short story isn't all that… Continue reading How To End A Short Story – With Examples From The Mandalorian
The teacher laughed and said if anyone knows about the Clearing Where Bog Myrtles Grow, it was because of the signpost on the M6 toll road. They knew it from a passing glance at a road sign, possibly glimpsed once more in the rearview mirror before slipping from memory entirely. It stuck in the boy’s… Continue reading The Clearing Where Bog Myrtles Grow
Yes, you read that right. 'The Shield Road' is now available to buy, in paperback and ebook. You can buy it on Amazon here or over here on Kobo! If you've not heard anything about it yet, you can find a bunch of info about it here. And the rest of this post is just… Continue reading My Book Is Now Out!
Last time I talked about the city of Thrynn, which is the setting for most of The Shield Road. This week I thought I'd move away from locations and talk a bit about the Bladekin, the organisation that Talfrin, one of the recurring characters, belongs to. The basics: the Bladekin are an ancient order, founded… Continue reading The World of ‘The Shield Road’: The Bladekin
Over the next couple weeks, I'm doing a series of blog posts delving into some aspects of the fantasy world from my book, 'The Shield Road'. You can click here to learn more about the book itself! The world of 'The Shield Road' The Shield Road is a collection of short stories about adventurers, and… Continue reading The World of ‘The Shield Road’: City of Thrynn
Today is the Ides of March; the day Julius Caesar was assassinated. He'd been called to a meeting of the senate, and when he arrived, they assassinated him. While over sixty people were involved, they were organised by one man: Marcus Junius Brutus. Caesar was said to have muttered the now-famous line, et tu, Brute?… Continue reading Was Brutus Really An Evil Traitor?
Before I start, I need to say: this book contains references to sexual, verbal and physical assault, and covers distressing events and potentially dark topics. It's a book about life in, and escape from, North Korea - and Yeonmi set out determined to tell every part of her story. It won't be for everyone. I… Continue reading Review: ‘In Order To Live’ by Yeonmi Park