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Writing: Character—Which Comes First, The Arc or the Backstory?


Originally posted on Amanda Down the Rabbit Hole:
In deciding to write a novel, I have taken on the monumental task of creating characters. Of course, when I first made this decision, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Whooo-Boy!? In previous posts I discussed creating personalities and senses of humor for…

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The Methuselah Paradox


Twenty-third century Detective James Moran’s daughter is dying. A cancer pandemic targeting adolescents is sweeping the globe, thanks to a mutation in the ‘Methuselah gene’ which has successfully extended life for most of the population. If a cure cannot be found, humanity could face extinction within one generation. Moran travels back in time in a […]

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Life Imitating Art? Thoughts on Coronavirus When I watched Terry Nation’s drama ‘Survivors’ as a teenager in 1975, and even during a rewatch just last year, never did I ever imagine that I would one day experience a similar scenario for real. Along with millions of other people, I saw what was happening in China […]

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The Darker Side of Time Travel


“Time is an illusion…lunchtime doubly so.” (Douglas Adams, ‘The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’) A spoiler-free review of Netflix’s dark sci-fi thriller, ‘Dark’ by EJ Jackson If you think ‘Doctor Who’ is “wibbly wobbly, timey-wimey”, then prepare yourself for the mental gymnastics of Netflix’s first German sci-fi thriller series, ‘Dark’. If you enjoyed ‘Stranger […]

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I Like Trucking!


I mean, just look at that sunset! Of course, it’s not a real truck… I don’t have a license to drive HGs (Heavy Goods Vehicles, for those unfamiliar with the acronym) and I have never sat in the cab of one in my life. So let me explain…. For my birthday in 2017 my son […]

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A New Book!


A few days months ago, I published ‘Minding Mama and Other Short Stories’ , my second short story collection. and here’s the back cover, which gives you a little summary of the stories: If you would like a review copy (free in exchange for an honest review on Amazon) please get in touch via my […]

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How To Create a Program Booklet


With so much informative content available online, it can be hard to sift through it all to find something really useful that won’t take an age to learn to implement (I’ll be writing a seperate post about that quite soon). And having multiple email subscriptions which, let’s be honest, most of us never have time […]

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On Creating a Book Trailer…


As I write this, my good friend Susan Turner of http://www.elephantinscarlet.co.uk is close to the final edit on the crowdfunding trailer for my graphic novel, ‘Minding Mama’. Here’s the lovely Kate Davies-Speak as Mama, lead character in my post-apocalyptic tale of life on Earth after decades of intense solar flare activity has severely damaged the ozone […]

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Are you a WASPI woman? Do you know what it means?


I very rarely (make that almost never) post about anything political.  I see it all going on around me on social media – tweets, Facebook posts, and the like, and I hold my virtual tongue, because (a) I don’t consider myself that well informed and (b) rightly or wrongly feel that I don’t have time […]

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Lessons Learned: My Journey as an Indie Author


In the Beginning… In August, 2014, I published my first science-fiction book on Amazon, ‘The Journey & Other Short Stories‘. As the title suggests, it is a collection of short stories, and the act of publication was a very exciting moment for me. It represented decades of wanting to be a published author but not […]