Beloved readers, subscribers and my handful of fans. If you are celebrating Christmas than I hope you have a really good one, surrounded by the love of your families and friends. If you are not, then I pray you to are spending the holidays with loved ones and are enjoying the many wonderful works of […]Read More Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
I know what you’re thinking. What on earth is the tingle? If you read my recent post on phases you’ll know that I’m currently in academic gear (driving analogy, not clothing). But over the last few days I’ve started to experience a not too unfamiliar sensation that tells me I should be doing something, almost […]Read More The Tingle
I think people go through a cycle of phases, of doing things that they love, but really going at it for a while before lapsing for a while. Take me for example. I’ve been working my behind off for the last month on writing my Masters dissertation and have done no other writing whatsoever. Even […]Read More Phases
After a couple of weeks of trying to transition from the old site, which still exists in the ether, I have finally managed to configure the trollking web address to the blog site and set up my email using Google Apps. So hopefully you can continue to visit for book reviews and news about my […]Read More Live Again
It is true that the smartphone has become the ubiquitous cybernetic extension of the human being. As the HTC advert says, its never more than an arms-length away from your body. It is not physically attached to you, but sometimes it takes physical amputation to get it away from you. It is your means of staying […]Read More Multi-tasking in the Age of the Smartphone
Do you every get the feeling that you may be doing too much? Writing is the one thing that I would say I love doing the most, and yet of late I haven’t been putting fingers to moulded plastic keys as much as I should. I’m working on a new novel and the plot has […]Read More It’s All Too Much?
My son turned 4 this week. I bought him a World War Hulk action figure (he’s a big Hulk fan). He played with it all day and went to sleep clutching it in his hand. But as my children get older, so do I (33 at the time of writing this post). Only a […]Read More Legacy
Where’s what going? Fiction. What nepw mediums are going to evolve in the coming years to provide new ways of consuming stories? I’ve just finished playing through Mass Effect 2 on the PS3 and found myself thinking ‘that was a well told story’. A rare handful of games transcend the restriction of their medium to […]Read More Where’s It Going?
As a part of my writing process I like to get some test readers to give me their views on what they think about a story, so I asked Janine Maclean, Head of Media Studies at Marsden Heights Community College to recruit a number of her students to help me out. They were given the […]Read More Reader Focus Group Session: 19th May 2011
I read today’s Daily Kick by David Farland and felt something shift minutely in me. No, its got nothing to do with the functions of my intestines. The post was about protecting your writing time, but he also touched on priorities; family being number one. I realise that I spend what little free time I […]Read More What’s Important?