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05 July 2016

-- Print version of Odd Jobs available on Amazon --

For those who prefer the feel of an actual book in your hands, the print version of Odd Jobs is now available on Amazon.

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03 July 2016

-- New anthology available --

I am happy to announce the release of my anthology of short stories "Odd Jobs".

This is a collection of short stories inspired by well-know English idioms and expressions.

The stories are short, so can be read during a coffee break.

Currently available on Kindle. A print version will follow shortly.

 

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29 June 2016

-- I'm still here --

If you've been visiting and wondered where I've gone, I just wanted to let you know that I'm still here and hope to be releasing some writing soon.

The reason for my absence is an ongoing serious illness in the family. Suffice it to say that my available writing time has basically vanished. I am still working on projects in my head during my commute, but I just don't have enough time to put anything to paper.

I hope to be able to do some more work soon, but just not at the moment.

Thanks for your support and please drop by from time to time. 

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26 February 2016

-- Alpha Redemption makes a secular "best of" list --

Earlier I reported that Alpha Redemption received a positive review from China. A little more digging led me to the original of that review in English (the Chinese site appears to have translated the English review into Chinese for their own site).

Here is the link  http://bestsciencefictionbooks.com/best-artificial-intelligence-science-fiction-books.php.

I'm very excited to see Alpha Redemption landing on a "best of" list consisting exclusively of secular titles.

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5 January 2016

-- Happy New Year --

I can't believe another year has come and gone. I had big writing plans for last year but my day job seems to keep on getting more and more stressy. I'm working on a plan to squeeze some writing in but it really is getting to be a problem to find the time and energy.

On the plus side, my comic is doing well and getting positive feedback, with over 2,000 views last month. It helps keep the creative juices flowing. I've also started a Twitter âccount to as similar end.

This week I hope to finish Odd Jobs and submit it to Grace for a final check. Then it should be a matter of days before it becomes available in the stores.

Then it's back to Alpha 3. I lost three chapters due to a broken hard drive and an incomplete backup, which didn't help my motivation. If I can get them re-written I'll be back on track and hopefully have a finished manuscript by June.

All that's left is for me to wish you a peaceful and prosperous New Year with much writing and creativity!

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7 November 2015

-- Alpha Redemption in China --

During my monthly scan of the web for any news regarding my books, I came across a Chinese website that gives a really interesting review of Alpha Redemption. The website is all about technology and Artificial Intelligence. 

The website is here (http://www.almosthuman.cn/2015/10/31/znd5k/).

Plug it into Google Translate to see the review in English. Alpha Redemption is at number 22.

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9 October 2015

-- Wi-fi passes 1,000 views --

After four weeks and twenty-four postings, my comic "Wi-fi" has passed 1,000 views. It is being very well received and there is a lot more to come so, if you're in the neigborhood, drop by and say hello.


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13 September 2015

-- My webcomic is up --

I have just published my webcomic "wi-fi" through smackjeeves.

It follows a series of conversations between a programmer and the first sentient A.I.

It's a tongue-in-cheek look at how a sentient A.I. might view the world. To visit, click here or on the banner.

 

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15 July 2015

 -- New Year goals quarterly check --

- Finish writing Alpha Retribution (Alpha 3). Still at the 10,000 word mark because my "side" project became suddenly extremely interesting and I got carried away. I'll have to "put foot" as they say in South Africa.

- Self/Publish "8 Billion", "Odd Jobs", and "Captain Consonant"
"8 Billion" is now available,
"Odd Job" is with Grace for a final review.
So I'm about halfway, which is good.

- Read 25 books, of which at least 5 should be speculative
So far this year, I've read:
- Revival by Stephen King
- Augustus by John Williams
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Cape Fear by John D.MacDonald
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I've shot myself in the foot by starting The Complete Short Stories of J.G.Ballard. This is immense and will take about 7 weeks to finish. I may have to come back to this one.
That's 8/25 total and 2/5 speculative. A bit behind target.

- Learn how to self-publish on Kindle
About half way.

- Post a blog at least once a week.
So I slipped on this, but publishing "8 Billion" took more effort than I expected.

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22 June 2015

-- 8 Billion now available on Kindle and Nook --

I am pleased to announce that my latest novel "8 Billion" is now available on Kindle and Nook, both for 99¢.



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24 May 2015

-- New book out --

I am very happy to announce the release of my latest book.

"8 Billion" is an end-of-the-world tale describing the final week of the human race. It centres around one man as he tries to overcome his past failings and find the strength to protect his young daughter from the approaching apocalypse.

This is very different from the Alpha series. It is dark and gritty with no punches pulled. The language is "colourful" in places and the imagery can be graphic, so if you are offended by the odd swear word, please beware. This was not written with a Christian audience in mind.

"8 Billion" is available in e-book format from Lulu.com for 99c.

 

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20 May 2015

-- New book coming soon --

It has been a long time in the works but last week I set up a Lulu account and registered my next novel with them.

Which means "8 Billion" now has an ISBN number. The front and back covers are done, so all I have to do is upload everything and set a price.

This week I want to do a final edit. Then I'll prepare it for print and do one last check. Hopefully, it will be available early next week.  

This is my first attempt at self-publication so I'm a tiny bit nervous. Can't wait to see it on the shelves though.

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10 April 2015

-- New Year goals quarterly check --

- Finish writing Alpha Retribution (Alpha 3)
I've just passed the 10,000 word mark. Ths puts me behind schedule but, considering I've only spent about 5 days on this so far and that I'm writing another novel on the side, I think I can catch up if I commit more hours.

- Self/Publish "8 Billion", "Odd Jobs", and "Captain Consonant"
I'm still waiting for word on these from my publishers.

- Read 25 books, of which at least 5 should be speculative
So far this year, I've read:
- Revival by Stephen King
- Augustus by John Williams
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Cape Fear by John D.MacDonald
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
That's 7/25 total and 2/5 speculative. So well on target.

- Learn how to self-publish on Kindle
About half way.

- Post a blog at least once a week.
Done.

 

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27 February 2015

I am pleased to report that Alpha 3 is coming along nicely. Not quickly, I should point out, but nicely.

The story isn't quite complete in my head, but it's getting there. In the meantime, I am risking a potential complete rewrite by throwing down the first few chapters.

Happily, I'm getting that old excited feeling which is...well, exciting. Brett feels like an old chum and his world is so real I can almost touch it.

As with Revelation I am trying a different structure and mixing it up a little this time. The story starts with some of the intimacy of Redemption, before moving into what I hope will be a psychological thriller set on Alpha Centauri. We'll see when we get there.

In the meantime, everything else is up in the air. Hanzet should be out this Spring (I hope), and I have two more projects being interrogated as we speak (I hope). Either way, I'm determined to have a whole bunch more reading material available for you guys in 2015 so don't go anywhere. 

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12 February 2015

-- Video interview with Adam Collings --

Fellow speculative fiction writer Adam Collings did a video interview with me late tast year.

It was surprisingly fun to do although I still haven't worked up the courage to watch the final version on the Collings Zone here. I guess that confirms my resolve never to pursue a career in television.

If you get a chance (or are really really bored) please stop by and say hello. Adam worked hard to put this together. My contribution involved mumbling into a webcam for half an hour. Adam put it all together and got it ready for broadcast. This, I know, takes a lot of effort.

Thanks Adam.

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27 January 2015

-- Hanzet on the horizon --

After a lengthy delay due to a series of unforseen circumstances, Hanzet has made an appearance on the horizon.

I have spoken with my publisher and he said that they plan to publish in the spring.

I started writing Hanzet way back in 2005 so I'm excited to see it so close to print. It is one of my personal favourites and I hope you'll have as much fun reading it as I did getting it written.

I'll announce the publication date when I know it. Until then, watch this space....

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19 January 2015

-- New Year. New goals --

Now that I've ascertained once and for all that I'm a writer and there's nothing I can do about it, it's time to set some new goals for the new year.

To that end, here are the things I hope to achieve this year:

- Finish writing Alpha Retribution (Alpha 3)

- Self/Publish "8 Billion", "Odd Jobs", and "Captain Consonant"

- Read 25 books, of which at least 5 should be speculative

- Learn how to self-publish on Kindle

- Post a blog at least once a week.

I think that should all be achievable this year. I'll re-evaluate every quarter and adjust as necessary.

Happy writing for 2015!

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5 November 2014

-- You know you're a writer when... --

So, last week I decided to call it quits. I've done this a number of times over the years but this time I really meant it. Really. I closed my WIP and folded my arms and glared at the screen. "No more," I said. "This writing lark is going nowhere."

Of course, sleep deprivation will do that to you. And stress. Combine them and you can't think like a normal person. It's like shopping when you're on a diet. A casual stroll past the bakery aisle reduces you to a zombie with no brains and zero capaciity for rational thought.

I spent the rest of the week determined that writing was no longer something I did. As per usual, I listened to my latest purchase from Audible, happy to be a reader and no longer a cog of the production process. At some point, however, the writer part of me took over. Yesterday morning, by the time I got to work, I had mentally written the entire first chapter of Alpha 3.

I would love to quit writing but I can't. I guess that makes me a writer.

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