December 1st, 2009, 09:01 AM
Asher broadcast number two is up. Lesson to self: must stop to sip tea! http://theskinner.blogspot.com/2009/...091201wmv.html
December 5th, 2009, 02:00 PM
December 19th, 2010, 10:13 AM
January 17th, 2011, 10:42 AM
November 25th, 2011, 08:49 AM
Books for sale, signed of course.
So, itís time I cleared a few of these out. If anyone wants to buy a signed copy of any of my books, well, my email is over on the right here at the bottom of my profile. Iím selling them at cover price (if $ then converted to £) plus postage and packing. Just detail what you want and Iíll check to see if Iíve got it Ė my aim in the end is to retain just two copies each of my English language books and one each of the foreign language ones.
December 23rd, 2011, 03:41 AM
Snow in the Desert
Here's a short Christmas read if you have Kindle and the like. It's my short story Snow in the Desert at the bargain price of 94p.
Here on Amazon.
January 13th, 2012, 04:01 AM
Video Clip Questions
Itís been a while since Iíve done one of those video clips. Iím told by various people that they like them but, unfortunately, Iím not getting enough questions. Here are the questions in the comments of the previous clip:
ChrisW: You've probably answered this before somewhere, so feel free to ignore, but, what's up with "The Departure"(the HB not the eBook) not being available/published in the USA? Is it going the way of "The Line of Polity"?
Still annoys me that when I look at my Asher shelve that there is no Line HB. Bloody publishers!
Spaceoperaghost: Will you ever expand on the story of The Quiet War?
Taylor Preston: When you write, do you revise/edit as you go or do you just hammer out the first draft before you put pen to paper and start making changes? I know you've said before you don't normally outline, so I'm wondering how much revision you end up doing and how you go about it.
Huan: What size are Amistad and Sniper?
arj209: Have you reached the lofty heights of stardom of being recognised in the streets?
Friso: Your Wikipedia article mentions "runcible" is an homage to ansible. Is that how you intended it?
Thezzphai: In an interview you talked about your next Polity book possibly being called "Penny Royal". Can you already tell something about the content (pretty please) and when it will be released approximately? Are you already working on it or is it just an idea for the time being?
The last one here has been answered and is being answered on the blog but I suppose I can go over it again a bit, and the first one here is just a Ďdonít knowí but I guess I could waffle on about the subject for a bit. But I could do with some more questions. Please post questions in the comments section over on my blog: http://theskinner.blogspot.com/2012/01/video-clips.html
February 25th, 2012, 08:56 AM
Iíve been going back through my blog selecting out old reviews Iíd done and posting them on Good Reads. While doing this I was reminded of various ways in which readers of this blog can get involved beyond just commenting.
There is the ĎWho Reads My Booksí thread. For this you send me a biography (doesnít have to be very long and I will edit the English) a photograph of yourself and, if you like, a few more photos of related interest: maybe something about what you do, maybe your family, maybe your book collection.
There are the ĎFive Desert Island Readsí thread. Send pictures of the books concerned (if you can) along with an explanation of why you would like these books on that island.
Pictures of peopleís books collections have often been a talking point here, so, if you havenít sent in pictures of yours, why not give that a go?
My email is below my short biog to the right here.
March 16th, 2012, 01:07 PM
A Chapter Break
After working backwards through Jupiter War I next worked through it forwards again and at last it was time to send it off. ĎSending off timeí arrives not when I feel Iíve finished a book, but when I realize Iím starting to make changes out of boredom with text Iíve read just too many times. So, today I sent off Jupiter War to Macmillan.
I was undecided about what to do next, whether to write synopses and blurbs or just get back to the Penny Royal thing. I decided on the former because Jupiter War is still clear in my mind. I was going to describe the process I use for this, but weíve been there before. Anyway, at 5.30 I now have a 3,000 word rough synopsis (six pages), which I will tidy up and from which I will produce a one-page synopsis. From this, I will then produce a selection of blurbs Ė exciting descriptions of the book that donít give the game away. I can then dust off my hands with satisfaction, and go back to Penny Royal. Of course itís not all over. Peter Lavery or some other editor will attack it with a pencil, a couple of copy edits will come my way tooÖ
Right, I am now feeling quite smug as I sip a glass of red wine prior to enjoying a nice curry. Itís a brief stop along the way, a page or chapter break, but Iíll be back at the keyboard soon enough. I sometimes try to envision stopping, or retiring, but thatís for those who donít enjoy their jobs. The morticians will have to lever my cold dead fingers from the keyboard, I think.
October 28th, 2012, 05:44 AM
I’ve finished the first draft of Penny Royal I and have just cleared 120,000 words with Penny Royal II and my characters have still yet to arrive at a particular destination where the end game of this book is to play out. I am just entering what I’ll call a precursor punch-up with a bit of war time history on the side. I have been enjoying detailing in these books a Polity bioweapon, based on a prador parasite, and delivered by assassin drones made in the shape of that parasite. Blame my winter reading of that blog ‘Parasite of the Day’.
February 18th, 2013, 02:27 AM
Okay, I've gone and done it. You can find my very first published novella (about 45,000 words) for your Kindle now.
Jason Carroll, an ex SAS soldier and contract killer is convinced he will die in action. It is thus embarrassing when he is run over by a bus. It is even more embarrassing when he, and atheist, realises there is an afterlife…
Resurrected on a huge flat plain, he is forced to play a deadly game. Moved as a pawn to the whim of the Gods in a fight to the death with warriors from all ages of earth’s history. Killed again and again only to be resurrected.
The General, the Grim Reaper and Anubis are some of the strange beings who direct this grisly entertainment. Is it real or only in his decaying mind. Who is the Clown? It there anywhere to escape to?
To retain his sanity, he must believe there is an end; an escape; a purpose. A thought-provoking story leading to an action filled climax that challenges our accepted beliefs…