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Book Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

Urban fantasy novels are big right now and it’s hard not to love Toby Daye, the unlikely knight and changeling protagonist of Seanan McGuire’s popular series set in magic-rich San Francisco.

Interview With Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire, sometimes known as Mira Grant, is one of this generation’s most prolific writers.

Fantasy Cartography, Part 2

Fantasy cartography is like playing SimCity; first you create and then you take an almost gleeful joy in the destruction before rebuilding from the ashes.

Fantasy Cartography for Writers (part 1)

Fantasy cartography isn’t new, of course, from Lord of the Rings to Throne of the Crescent Moon, maps help readers to connect with the universe, to make unfamiliar locales a little more familiar. It’s always fun when there’s a heroic journey involved, be it a quest to dump a shiny bracelet in fiery nastiness or running from doom.

An Interview with Jo Graham

Lesley Smith interviews Jo Graham, the author of numerous books from Stargate tie-in novels to her own Numinous World series.

The Numinous World of Jo Graham

Historical fiction is not my thing and neither is historical fantasy but, then Jo Graham’s books are not simply tales set in ancient times,...

The New Doctor and the Spin Behind It

The BBC is a weird organisation. The night after the first episode of the first series of Doctor Who aired, their news site broke...

Self-publishing – Four Months In

I pushed the ‘publish’ button on my first e-book way back in March. Other e-books followed in June and since then I’ve branched out...

An Interview with Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey wasn’t a name many were familiar with until his self-published book Wool went viral. Now on the best-seller charts across the planet, we sit...

Camp NaNoWriMo: Doing the Prepwork

On Monday, the last Camp NaNoWriMo of 2013 begins. You’ll have thirty days … okay and maybe one extra … to write something awesome. I’m on...

Haunted by Demons

Da Vinci’s Demons has been the unexpected highlight of the last three months. The life of one Leonardo da Vinci given a mysterious new...

Game of Thrones and the Curse of the Ninth Episode

Traditionally, episode 9 of Game of Thrones has been The Big One. Something HUGE happens which has been building up for an entire season...

Muse Ridden

As I write this, it’s bank holiday in the UK and Memorial Day in the US. The sun is out and - against all...

So Who is the Doctor?

I must admit, I’ve not been so excited about a season finale in a longtime. Most of the time, I’m not worried about how...

Star Trek Into Darkness: Review

Let’s talk about Star Trek. Actually, before we do that, let me first lay out my biases: I’m a minor trekkie, having grown up...

World War Z: The Complete Edition Review

Being visually impaired, I love audiobooks and one of the first ones I listened to via Audible was the abridged version of World War...

Camp NaNoWriMo the First (2013): Lessons Learned

In just under thirty days I have written over sixty thousand words on two projects and started a third. This is a personal best...

The Rising Tide of Alien Languages

Be warned, this post contains spoilers for this week’s Game of Thrones episode “And Now His Watch is Ended”. This morning I sat and watched...

NaNoWriMo Woes

After last week, I talked about the whole process of writing and winning National Novel Writing Month - or in this case, it’s summer...

So How Do You Write a Novel in 30 Days?

National Novel Writing Month (more traditionally held in November and known as NaNoWriMo) starts early this year. The idea is simple: you write a...

Great TV Series Are Like Buses … Two Come Along at...

This weekend has been all about TV; on Saturday night we had the return of the Doctor but also the high fantasy epic Game...

Self Publishing for Beginners

This week I became an author. After reading about Hugh Howey, I was inspired to collect the three installments of The Carrion Files into...

Transparency, Wool and the Future of Indie Publishing

 This week, I started listening to the Wool Omnibus, the audiobook of Hugh Howey’s infamous cult bestseller. I noticed the book a month ago...

The Good and Bad Sides of Digital Minimalism

I strive to be a minimalist, that is, someone who has few physical possessions. For a geek and an Aspie with OCE, this scenario...

Gaming: It’s All About the Story

I’m excited; the sun is out, spring is here and March brings a slew of video games to various different consoles including Bioshock Infinite...

Serial Fiction for Beginners

Serial fiction is old school and the best examples I can think of is probably comic strips, soap operas and the black and white...

Walking unto Death

I’ve never read The Walking Dead but I love the TV show and watch it religiously every Monday morning. Series one enthralled me because...

Being Human

Being Human is a fascinating TV show, originating in a time before Twilight became all the rage and posing an interesting question: what if...

Blind Geek For Beginners

Folks who read my author bio will have realized I lead an interesting life or that I have a passion for Starbucks. No wait, that wasn’t...

Life on the Fringe

Fringe finished it’s five year run the ot her night and I am grieving it’s loss. At the same time though, as I watched the...