Saturday, 30 June 2012

Meridian Writing madness

As usual the last minute flurry of late entries are flooding in for Meridian Writing's summer competition, ending at midnight tonight (UK time). At the time of writing this, you have about five hours to email your entry over so there's no need to hit the panic button just yet.

There's nothing unusual with this - it's been this way since I started Meridian Writing in 2009 - but what is unusual is the amount of late entries requesting a critique.

At the moment it's running at just over twenty percent. Guess what I'm going to be doing for the next week or so?

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Sad news

From America about the death of Nora Ephron.

Writing progress

Despite Meridian Writing's summer competition drawing to an end - and dealing with all the last minute entries and critique requests - I'm making good progress with the re-write of Oliver Drummond and the Four Horsemen.

The few 'simple' changes from the Agent's notes that I got a while back have pretty large effects almost from the start and, as such, means a lot of work. I'm also focussing more on Oliver being the central character - this is his story and he needs to be more the centre of attention. But, so far, so good.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Tiberius Found ...

... is now on Goodreads.

Rate and review to your heart's content.

"What killed them made them stronger"

That's the tagline for Marko Makilaasko's zombie-flick War of the Dead, and I now hold in my hand a copy of the DVD. About time too.

It's been described as "like an episode of Band of Brothers with zombies", and stars Andrew Tiernan as Capt. Martin Stone. WW2: 1941, Stone heads up an American/Finnish unit with the mission of destroying a Nazi bunker which goes horribly wrong.

A long time in the waiting, War of the Dead (previously Stone's War) is now available on DVD from Amazon here with a ridiculous current price of £7.80

So what are you waiting for? The zombie apocalypse has started ...

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Adieu, BSSC - it's been fun

Kaos Films has confirmed that the rumour about BSSC 2012 being the last competition, is true.

After eleven years the short screenplay competition is coming to an end. In their newsletter sent out yesterday they don't really say why they're stopping, but thank all the entrants, judges, sponsors etc over the years for helping it become one of the major annual competitions.

It's a shame. I last entered in 2009 with The Hitman (which later became Coffee, Biscuits and Bullets) and made it through to the semi-finals. The competition was a great concept and allowed anyone the chance to have a short professionally produced. Rival entries were consistently at a high standard but that only made people try harder.

Maybe Phil Gladwin's Writing Goldmine competition will take the BSSC's place in the competition calendar?

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Tiberius Found reviews on

The first two reviews for Tiberius Found are on  and can be viewed here - and they're both 5 star!

Also, I'm trying hard to convince other online reviewers to read/post a review for the book but it's tough going. It stands to reason that the popular bloggers/reviewers are inundated with review requests and I'm trying my best to make Tiberius Found as attrractive as possible.

Might have a few nibbles, so far. Finger's crossed.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Bank Holiday? What Bank Holiday?

OK, I might have have a couple of days of food and alcohol, but the last two days have been pretty busy with a) continuing the re-write of Oliver Drummond and The Four Horsemen, and b) emailing sooo many book review sites, requesting a review for Tiberius Found.

One major issue with these requests is that, although I'm following each site's guidelines, they're still very much unsolicited. The good sites with lots of followers are inundated with requests and take on a very low number of reviews, and the opposite ... well, it's all good but a lot of effort for a few followers to read (assuming that they actually like the book).

To be honest I'm not sure if going back to work will be a rest or if I'd rather just have the extra time "off" and carry on doing what I have been for the last two days.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Oliver Drummond, revisited

Now that the post-publication promotion of Tiberius Found slips into gear, I've time to revisit Oliver Drummond and the Four Horsemen - my 1926-set Young Adult supernatural adventure.

The story was initially written a couple of years ago with an adult as the central character, but was re-written with the protagonist being a fourteen year old boy. This made more sense as the original version didn't really have a sense of focus, as to who the reader would be.

I sent (what I thought was) a finished version to agents a while back and I received notes back with suggestions on how to improve the narrative and story, so I'd be a fool to ignore them. The main change means that a fair chunk needs re-working and impacts throughout the story. I agree with the agent - the changes will make for a stronger novel.

I'm finding that, with the Bank Holidays of late, that I'm able to crack on with it and am pretty happy with how it's going so far.

Tiberius Found on

Tiberius Found has its own page now on

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