Freelancing · General updates

How Do You Like the New Blog Design? (May 2018)

The spring usually gives me pause for thought about what to do for the rest of the year and this blog is no different. A few posts back, I announced I was looking at offering professional photography as a possible business side venture. Since that blog post, I've thought a great deal about my brand.… Continue reading How Do You Like the New Blog Design? (May 2018)

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Freelancing

How to Adapt to a Freelance Lifestyle

On a recent post, I offered five bits of a advice from a five-year veteran to a new freelancer. Taking that step is a a bold and daunting one. It wasn't that long ago for me and most of what happened between January 2013 (when I made the decision) and April (when I left my… Continue reading How to Adapt to a Freelance Lifestyle

Freelancing

Five Pieces of Advice from a Five-Year Veteran to a New Freelancer

I realised just the other day that April 2018 is the five year anniversary of going freelance. I've never looked back and at times I did worry about whether I was doing the right thing. But that month was a lot of change for me - personal and workwise, but it stands as a landmark… Continue reading Five Pieces of Advice from a Five-Year Veteran to a New Freelancer

Book Review

Book Review: Lingo (A Language Spotter’s Guide to Europe) by Gaston Dorren

Words: without them we wouldn't have books. Tracing the family tree and evolution of language has proven as complex as the evolution of biological life. But all European languages now have a missing link - one common ancestor language that created English, Spanish, Greek, Finnish, Armenian, Catalan, Cornish, Welsh and every other now spoken in… Continue reading Book Review: Lingo (A Language Spotter’s Guide to Europe) by Gaston Dorren

About Writing · Sample work

Feed a Writer AND an Artist: Buy Books New!

"Do you know how much it costs to pay an artist to design a custom cover for your book?" Was a question I recently asked of somebody in a book group. This was in response to how "cheap" self-published and indy book covers look, and that they "put readers off". While readers are drawn to… Continue reading Feed a Writer AND an Artist: Buy Books New!

Features / Articles

Some Dos and Don’ts for Writing a Prequel

It seems prequels, prequel-sequels and sequels to prequels that remain prequels are all the rage at the moment. This year, I've read Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage (the first volume in His Dark Materials follow-up, but a prequel) and last weekend watched Alien Covenant. These two works have got me thinking a lot about what… Continue reading Some Dos and Don’ts for Writing a Prequel

Sample work

The World’s Worst Elizabethan Poet Writes a Love Sonnet

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you're planning some romantic time with your partner or engaging in some self-care if you're single. I rarely write about lurrve, but in my novel Salmonweird (still waiting for an agent to snap it up), I introduce the world's worst Elizabethan poet. Here is just how awful she is...… Continue reading The World’s Worst Elizabethan Poet Writes a Love Sonnet