A while ago on twitter, I saw an interesting thread about balancing your heroes and villains, in terms of morality. Sometimes a villain's good intentions can be convincing enough to make a reader root for them over the hero but, at the same time, making them too evil or their intentions too non-sensical can make a villain cartoony. It sounded like a really rough situation to be in but made me think about what it is to build a villain for your story. Let's make an ingredients
Part One Part Three Part Five Last time on Magic and Machines: The party left on their quest to retrieve the stone from the dragon's horde but came across a golem of possessed machinery in the factory district. With a knight and someone well versed in magic, the team went to help, defeating the golem with some teamwork and a mysterious magic from Hel. Leaving the clean up to Ethel's knights the party found their horses and left the city. Ash tried again to convince Ethel that
Start the story here! Go to Part Two Go to Part Four Last time of Magic and Machines: King Taiken is not pleased with losing his family's stone and the capture of the kingdom's most wanted thief and mage to little to lighten his mood. Balaz reveals that the stone is a vessel for the power of a demon that nearly toppled the kingdom years ago and stressed how important it is to get back. In order to keep his kingdom safe the king reluctantly agrees and send Balaz out with Ethel
Find Part 1 Here Part Three Last time of Magic and Machines: Knights Ethel Argi and Ash Prohito were sent to take back a magic stone from the fire wizard Balaz Fai before he could use it for dark deeds. The mission does not go as planned though. The thief hired to steal the stone stands in their way and worse a dragon showed up, swallowed the stone whole and flew away.
Ethel and Ash arrested Balaz and the thief, Hel Chiboza, in the aftermath and now wait for the king's judg
Part Two It was a brisk morning when the fire mage, Balaz Fai, hastily used his powers to shove open the door to his grand library. They shot open with a loud bang and he strode through, no time to waste. He had to keep it safe. He had to keep it safe. Candles lit of their own accord as he strode across the room clutching a large crystal to his chest, his other hand holding his red cloak over it as if it would dissolve in the light. He reached about halfway across the spaciou
Writer's block is a pain for every writer. I've recently been dealing with it so it made me think about writer block and what I tend to do to combat it. My mind ended up putting it into different categories. Here are my categories of block and how I deal with them. The first type is probably the easiest to deal with and my most common. Cause: Planning block is when the main thing that stands between you and progress is the lack of a plan. Sometimes this can be fun but plannin
It's not been an easy month this month. Real life has been busy. I've done my best and have at least stayed on track with progress! Marketing
I'm sure you're sick of hearing about it by now but GDPR came in this month. It has done a number of things for me:
1) It destroyed my mailing list...
2) Gave me the kick up the butt I needed to clean up my website. In terms of point one, it's a shame but means I'm likely to run a giveaway again soon for some amazon vouchers or signe
A re-post of a short story from my former previews an extras section. Matrix Boy is a re-write of a section in the first chapter of Moon Girl written from Tim's POV. Slight spoilers if you haven't read the whole book but if you would like to read the original first chapter you can find it here. Hope you enjoy Ouch... My head throbbed. Dad's such an asshole... He invited me to his evil scheme then knocked me out and kidnapped me. I didn’t know where I was so I just had to hope
There's no story without ideas and no ideas without inspiration. I'd like to take some time to tell you where my writing ideas came from. Hopefully, it can help on your own creative journey if not, there's some good insight on the origins of Moon Girl. 'Write what you want to read.' Is a piece of writing advice I can't say enough. Enjoying what you are writing is the key thing to finding the motivation to keep going with a long story. In order to put that into a writable idea
On the 19th of March I asked who would want to write with me and gave out a writing prompt for people to have fun with. I didn't get any responses admittedly... So! To make up for this I wrote what would be the first chapter of a story rather then just 500 words. Hope you enjoy Ava's last day in the world. "Be safe Master." "I will Ava." His old hand patted me on the head, "I shouldn't be gone more than a few weeks. Be good, keep up your studies." "Of course." I smiled. My ol
It's been a hard month as an author. My sales have been non-existent and I can't do anything with Moon Girl 3 but wait for beta readers which feels like I've been waiting forever...
Generally, the lack of movement is getting frustrating and I've spent a while trying to think of what I can do to change that. Marketing
Marketing is hard. I've been wracking my brain trying to think of what I can do to generate more interest in Moon Girl and hopefully improve sales a bit.
There's no story without ideas and no ideas without inspiration. I'd like to take some time to tell you where my writing ideas came from. Hopefully, it can help on your own creative journey if not, there's some good insight on the origins of Moon Girl. A large inspiration to most people is music and music played a big roll in my journey to finishing my first book as the very first pieces of Moon Girl were born from a creative writing game called playlist writing. Playlist wri
On the 12th of Feb I asked who would want to write with me and gave out a writing prompt for people to have fun with. My monthly writing group #WriteHereWriteNow picked up the challenge and we had a fun session comparing responses. I only have one of those responses to post sadly but was happy this prompt was enjoyed. Here's one of the responses: “Why couldn’t you have been born a girl?” That was apparently the reaction of the Goddess Artemis when I was born. I don’t know why
"Why couldn't you have had a girl?!" Was apparently the Goddess Artemis's reaction to my birth. Writing is fun and I'd like you all to join me. Here's a fun tool to help you along. Take this prompt and roll with it. Carry it on or write something based on it, anything you want! I'd love to know where you take it. You can comment below or use my contact form to e-mail me 500 words or less of you piece. I'll choose a few and post them up on the 14th March 2018 along with my own
There was nothing I could do. I'd tried to help as his body was thrown around like a rag doll but the monster had him. A man of strength and determination that could have changed the city. A man who gave me the chance to help people in a way a simple priest never could. A man who led us into crazy situations but did everything to get us out alive. There was nothing I could do, so I left him to die. There was nothing I could do. Their body was chard and held no more breath. My
It's here. Moon Girl is a whole year old. My Author career is a whole year old. On the 3rd of January 2017 my first book Moon Girl 1: Moon Rise hit Amazon. It's been a hell of a year since. (If your on this post for the giveaway, feel free to skip reading and just comment 'Hi' at the bottom or something I don't mind. If you're worndering 'What giveaway? I can have free stuff?' Go to the Giveaway page for more details.) I've sold a grand total of 34 copies of Moon 1 and 2 with
December is a busy month in real life. I wanted to maybe do a giveaway or at least advertise the indie advent calendar a bit more but I just haven't had time this month. Marketing
Moon Girl was in the indie advent calendar but that was about it over Christmas. Hopefully, I have more time to push on the marketing next year.
At the very least I e-mailed Liverpool comic con about a potential Vendor table so *fingers crossed* I get that. I've been thinking about what cons and
So October has been both eventful and not eventful. Sales wise it's not been great but progress wise I leveled up and am now a 2 book author! Woo! Moon Girl 2 is here! In general marketing promotion, I did a giveaway of Amazon gift vouchers this month in exchange for e-mails. Thank you to everyone who entered and I hope the lucky winners got themselves something nice. Also with the release of Moon Girl 2 will be giving away Moon Girl 1 ebook for free until the 3rd. (so it's f
Moon Girl 2: Bell Toll has finally hit the market! I'm so happy. Moon Girl 2 was very fun to write it. Hands down it has one of the best character introductions so far. I got to reveal more about Dreda's life before being a hero and more about the people she saw as family. I got to reveal the biggest plot point of the series. The reason almost every villain is doing what they are doing. The reason this superhero world isn't all that it seems. I'm excited to see the reactions
September had been another good month. As much as I haven't had as many online sales my sales Chester Comic Con have made it a successful month. Writing targets have been met and things are progressing nicely. Moon Girl 1: Moon Rise
Moon Girl 1 is chugging away at marketing. It's gotten a few low reviews this month but in the end, not everyone is going to like it so it's something I'm going to have to live with.
I also sold Moon Girl at Chester Comic Con