Impasse with Salmonweird. Considering Self-Publishing early Next Year

One of the most pleasurable pieces of fiction I’ve ever written, Salmonweird is a 70k-ish supernatural crime comedy about a retired detective living in a small Cornish village as the only human. The remaining residents are all ghosts, representing 2,000 years of the village’s history. It was clear from after finishing the first couple of […]

Subscribing to Photoshop

I finally bit that little bullet that had been nagging away at the back of my brain for weeks. It was inevitable, really. I felt there was no point trying to develop photography skills with a camera and kit that cost me the best part of £500 if i wasn’t going to bother learning photo […]

Free Things to Do in Cornwall in Winter to Inspire Writers and Photographers

Our lovely little corner of the country attracts millions of visitors every year. Coastal resorts such as St Ives become choc-a-bloc with tourist from the spring through to early autumn. Land’s End and Sennen Cove and the striking coast of West Penwith are amazing and inspiring for creatives. If it isn’t the coast, there’s the […]

None of Us Are Getting Any Younger, So Enjoy It

Perhaps a more poignant reflection for the end of 2018. It has been a difficult year in many ways, but by no means the worst I’ve ever experienced. I would say “bittersweet” with the start of 2019 looking like beginning with a bright future right now. January started as any other did – I had […]

RIP Yasmin Selena Butt

The internet is now so intricately linked in our lives that we can’t imagine life without it. I wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for the internet. I wouldn’t have connected with other writers (and readers). Love or hate Facebook, you can talk to people all over the world with a common interest. Without […]

The Christmas Goblin is Coming! (An Excerpt)

Here is a brief excerpt from my first children’s ebook. Click the banner at the end to go to the buying page. Many thanks 🙂 He went up to the rock and gently put his hand to it. It felt warm, weirdly warm. Noticing the sky getting darker, he turned away from the rock and […]

Taking Up Photography – Maybe as a Side Business?

I have always had a keen eye for landscape and building photography but I’ve never considered myself a particularly good photographer. Sometimes I just seen an image and think “ooh that’s nice” pick up my camera (or in this case my smartphone) and snap away without any thought beyond creating a good header image. I’m […]

Are You Ready for Dead Lock?

Visitors and observers of my Facebook Page yesterday watched my exciting announcement of my completion of horror thriller Dead Lock. Only the first draft, of course. I will spend the next few days correcting the proof copy before sending out review copies to those who have already agreed to review it. Yesterday was a cold, […]

Dead Lock Cover and Dead Heat 2nd Edition Cover

It’s nice to be able to start adding the final touches to Dead Lock now. Yesterday afternoon, I posted the new cover image and a new cover for Dead Heat, but I want to go into a bit more detail about the changes. Firstly, I wanted the Dead Lock cover (see below) to be a […]

Book Review: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

The TL;DR version of this review: This is the travel guide to Britain you never knew you needed 😀 I’m a Bill Bryson convert. Just as he has adopted the British (genetic?) predisposition for sarcasm and deadpan delivery, I’ve adopted his unique writing style. Like many Americans, Bryson always wanted to visit Britain. But his […]