Where did 2013 go?

Board and sword on a grunge background.

It’s been a year since I last wrote anything on my website and that’s far too long a time. Life has been busy, taken up with the usual commitments and social obligations, most of which have been quite enjoyable thankfully. Looking back on 2013 it was quite eventful in terms of my writing career, with both the release of my first novel and novella in the Trivial Trials series. These have had a fair amount of downloads and some great feedback and reviews. I couldn’t really have asked for much more and am very grateful. It is encouraging to see that Goblins Know Best is still generating reviews 18 months on and has been mentioned on a few book reviewers’ websites out there as well.

Also last year I enjoyed the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton which was an incredible experience and something I would recommend to all readers and writers alike. The workshops and panels were incredibly useful and gave an amazing insight into a world that is still relatively new to me. I particularly enjoyed listening to Neil Gaimen speak about his career and got to meet two of my favourite authors, Joe Abercrombie and Adrian Tchaikovsky. I also met some very friendly people there who made my first convention all the more memorable and ensured I got the most out of it. To top things off I saw the famous swords of night and day from Gemmell’s, Skilgannon the Damned series, and the smithy who crafted them.

Last year was also supposed to be seeing the release of the Fantasy Faction anthology for which my short story was listed as one of the winners. Unfortunately this did not materialise and there have been a number of delays and setbacks. It has been a shame as I cannot wait to see my first ever short story winner be released in print as part of an anthology with such a well-respected website, but I understand that these things are never easy. On a positive note I have been assured that it will be out there for general consumption by the end of this year and I have seen it appear on Goodreads which is encouraging and here is the latest on the FF website.

The end of the year became more of a struggle as I toiled trying to find the best follow up and most appropriate protagonists for the next episode in the Trivial Trials saga. After much trial and effort I decided to set the project aside as it began to torment me and I focused instead upon another story that had been niggling at the back of my mind. That deserves its very own write up which will be coming soon but for those of you that are wondering, there will most definitely be another humorous, fantasy packed tale coming your way in the next few years. I have had some great ideas spring to mind whilst working on this new project, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled. Keep checking back on the site for updates and I shall endeavour to post more in the future, which shouldn’t be too difficult!


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