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  1. Mea Culpa

    I should have a sign up around here saying 'Here lies he who is rubbish at keeping a blog'. Seriously you should see my personal one, it's updated about once every two months and I paid 10 bucks for the name to boot.

    It's dark here in the UK now at the time I usually have tea, about 5pm. I love it, runs in the dark with your breath pluming out in front, nary a soul on the pavements because it's too sodding cold. Long nights in the comfy chair reading and writing.

    It's ...
  2. Autumn....

    OK: first post since the clocks changed here back to GMT - so it's now dark by about 5pm here at Hobbit Towers. Love this time of year, sitting in the warm with a good book.

    And I have a few on the go at the minute, all vaguely Halloween-y.

    Jim Butcher's White Night, Lovecraft's Collected Stories, Roald Dahl's Collected Stories, lots to choose from. Including the amazing Library of America 2-volume set of American Fantastic Tales, edited by Peter Straub, which is a ...
  3. "Ringturn" Fast Moving New SF Title for YA market

    "Ringturn" Fast Moving Action packed SF novel published by Local Legend Publishing September 2009, by British Author John C. Mawson:

    Sundered from Earth during the time of the Black Death, frightened and bewildered humans are transported by benign aliens to a planet of a nearby star. Slowly they recover and a much changed society flourishes; science is re-learnt and discoveries are made.

    A scientist, Sir Giles Fitzgerald, desperate to know more of the origins ...
  4. Bureaucratic Frustration

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 09:45 AM (Desert Coyote Productions publishing blog)
    No promotion this time around, just venting.

    My current employment is a graduate assistantship. 20 hours a week, with a stipend of $4300 for the semester (before taxes), supposed to be paid bi-weekly.

    It's now two months into the semester, and I have yet to see paycheck one.

    Why is this, you ask? It's because of a work plan, which apparently needs signatures of everyone short of Jesus Christ himself to approve me to the payroll. This is AGGRAVATING ...
  5. The Parable of Doubt Revealed

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 02:25 AM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    Again, I have been too subtle in the creation of a story for my own good. Because it is still being judged, I am putting my explanation here and I won't lie by saying I don't want this to help in getting votes. It is what it is as, my boss would say.

    First of all, the reason for the story. Doubt is one of the lesser appreciated themes that I feel comes out of the Bible and I wanted to write a story focusing on it. I remember vaguely the cautions given about following certain ...

    Updated October 21st, 2009 at 02:39 AM by Gkarlives

    Thoughts , Creativity
  6. Sword Dreamer

    My first book,Sword Dreamer, is available for download on the Amazon Kindle, iPhone or iPod Touch.
    Back cover blurb is as follows:
    Young Léofric is troubled with strange visions of battle. He does not understand them until one day two warriors, an elf and a man, arrive to take him away to war. While being instructed in the ways of combat, he learns that he is the Sword Dreamer, whose visions of pending battles are necessary to bring an end to the civil war in Irminsul. He learns the ...
  7. The Dance

    Is up in issue 8 of Ruthless Peoples Mag

    Very chuffed with this.

    Have another story being held pending publication, but heard nothing for ages so it might be dead in the water.

    Also have the following submissions out.

    Horror Library Vol 4 cutting block press - Death won't be cheated.

    Murky Depths - Jac

    Clockworkphoenix - Full Circle

    All are coming ...
  8. Signed up with Amazon to publish my second book

    by , October 16th, 2009 at 12:53 AM (David Scholes Blog)
    It will be another (though larger) collection of science fiction short stories. Through their self-publishing arm.

    That said I've decided it's time for something a little longer and I have launched into writing a sci-fi novella.

    By the way - a flash fiction story of mine - an edited version of "Surprise Attack" is slated to appear in the February edition of the Aussie on line magazine "Antipodean SF"

  9. Hitchhikery Goodness

    Well it sounds as if my fears about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (THGTTG) may be misfounded.

    With the release of the sixth book in the trilogy this week, there's an awful lot of media coverage about it.

    The Guardian newspaper reviewed it and liked it.

    They also reviewed the Hitchhiker convention, HitchCon, though I have found in the past that media reviews of cons tend to be along the lines of 'look at the funny people dressed up....where's the ...
  10. My Library

    by , October 12th, 2009 at 08:07 PM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    For anyone interested, here are the books I have read listed on

    My Library

    As of now, I have only reviewed a few books but rated almost all of them. If you are loking for more information, just PM me. Enjoy.

    Updated October 13th, 2009 at 06:19 AM by Gkarlives (Trying to make a better link)

  11. Maerad: Travels North

    I think I must visit my Pilanel relatives in Murask. Now that the Singing is over, I guess I have time on my hands...
  12. Mission Completed

    Hello All,

    Seeing as this is my first entry it won't be long. Just a general hello to all.

    So I'm still getting used to this site, but so far I love it. Read a few short stories last night and I must say that they are all very well done.

    If you emjoy reading blogs and are a sci-fi/fantasy/horror geek then I definitely recommend following Caitlin R. Kiernan's blog @ her LiveJournal.

    A good podcast/magazine is Clarkesworld. A good one is ...
  13. Busy, busy....

    ...but sadly, not all site/genre related!

    Anyway, for now, here's a couple of items in the news that caught my eye.

    1) Big UK bookseller stops workers accessing publishing industry website: HERE.

    Hmmm. I have a lot of time for our sellers, to be honest. Most of the people I've come across at such well-known retail outlets are genuine fans and keen to do well in the system. But articles like this one, if true, do little to make me happy about what's going ...

    Updated October 9th, 2009 at 07:49 PM by Hobbit

  14. A Second Round of Analysis ... please reply if you can.

    by , October 8th, 2009 at 09:52 AM (Desert Coyote Productions publishing blog)
    After taking a few days off from blogging, I decided to check on the hit counters on not only the "Characters in Action" entries but the sample chapters as well, just as a means of trying to see which characters seem to be liked the best. This time I'm only focusing on this blog.

    The (again, unscientific) measure I'm using is views of entries for each character. This time, the "Phantom Squadron" chapter will count for all four, so each character is spotted 18 ...
  15. Book cover comparison

    I've been waiting impatiently for the proof copy of Labyrinth of Fire to arrive, and finally it showed up today. It looks exactly as I expected it to look, and I'm very happy, especially when stood next to Island of Fog on my shelf! Fills me with warm fuzzies. :-)

    Speaking of book cover comparisons, Island of Fog has been through two or three minor revisions since April, and we're talking very minor edits to fix a couple of typos and re-word a sentence or two. But the latest revision ...
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