Sunday, 12 February 2012


Busy week so I've been rather quiet on all things blog and Twitter and Facebook. Just about reached a point where I can relax, take a breath, take stock.

This week's story is up over on 52 Songs, based on a song by Wild Beasts ('Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants').  It's the seventh story of the year, only forty-five more to go. I'm pleased I've been able to keep it going so far, but aware that it's a long way to go. But then, in part, that was the point of doing it.

52 Songs was averaging around seventy-five unique visitors a week. Last week? Over a thousand. It's been an interesting insight into what happens when you get linked to by someone with 140, 000 followers on Twitter, or linked to from a site like Metafilter. I hope that some of them stick around.

Some big news for me, publication-wise. Some time back I wrote a novel that was short-listed for the CWA's Debut Dagger award, and landed me one of the highest profile agents in crime fiction. For a year or so. It's a long and complicated story that takes us to where we are now, but infinityplus are just about to publish 'One of Us' on Amazon, and for the first time, in print, and I am more than a little excited about the whole thing. More here when it happens. Actually, more everywhere. Sorry, you won't be able to miss this one.

The Abominable Gentlemen are pressing on with world domination - or rather, given our post-apocalyptic theme this time, what's left of the world - via the third release of Penny Dreadnought. 'The Lone and Level Sands' will be out soon, but for now here's a taster of Alan's excellent-as-always cover artwork.

Elsewhere, there's a post I like very much on Neil Schiller's blog. It's about his love-hate relationship with writing, and some of what he says really had me nodding. In an agreement sort of way, not a narcoleptic sort of way.

As I mentioned, it's been a madly busy week. Today though, I have had time to slow down. Been sitting drinking tea, watching the skies darken, and listening to music like the song below.


  1. Have you read Neil's 'Oblivious' collection yet? Very good; first self published thing I ever read & helped convince me to do so myself. I also liked that piece he did - I have about the same attitude to writing too.

    Congratulations on all the good things in your post - looking forward to 'One Of Us' very much. In print too - very cool. Very chuffed for you.

  2. Cheers.

    No, I haven't read Oblivious and must do - I bought his Haiku Diary a while back and really enjoy dipping into it.