Wandering Knife Update: This Is Why You Hire An Artist

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For any writer out there wondering whether or not to hire an artist for their cover design, I present exhibits A and B. This is my sketch of the cover of Bane of Wolves side by side with the final artwork,… Continue Reading

Researching Violence: Joe Abercrombie answers my question

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I find it curious that peaceful people such as myself, who view violence as something that humans should evolve beyond as soon as possible, still love to read books and watch films that drip with the stuff. If I ever… Continue Reading

Wandering Knife Update: Cover Art Reveal

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Here is the artwork for the cover of my fantasy novella Bane of Wolves! I revealed in my last update that I often fall victim to the planning fallacy. Things always seem to take longer than I think they will. The Wandering… Continue Reading

Writing a Fantasy Series: How Far Ahead Should You Plot?

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There’s a lot of fun to be had writing a big long fat fantasy series. After all, you’re the creator of an entire world, a world with endless possibilities. At the outset, these possibilities are liberating. Anything can happen. And the… Continue Reading

Best Fantasy Novels: My Top 5

Like most of the seven-billion-plus people on the planet, I firmly believe that my opinions are important, unique and amazing. And as a self-aggrandising writer, I think that it’s necessary for others to be exposed to my excellent taste. To… Continue Reading

Wandering Knife Update: The Planning Fallacy

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The dreaded planning fallacy has cast a pall over my writing. I wrote in this blog last year about how my focus has shifted to working on an epic fantasy series, called the Wandering Knife. I had a grand plan… Continue Reading

Announcement: The Wandering Knife

Over the last year or so I’ve been blogging less regularly. When I created this website I envisioned it as being a place to record my thoughts about fantasy and science fiction, hence the tagline ‘Speculations about speculative fiction’. I… Continue Reading

Moby Dick:The Classics Are The Classics For A Reason

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A long time ago my good mate Jamie gave me his copy of Moby Dick. The inside cover is inscribed by Jamie with the jocular but somewhat incongruent phrase ‘MELVILLE’S IN DA HOUSE!’ I appreciated the gesture at the time,… Continue Reading

4 Star Wars Characters That Don’t Quite Deserve Their Own Anthology Film

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With the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, we can expect a never-ending procession of Star Wars spin-off films being released over the next… infinite amount of years. Some people have a problem with this, claiming that you can have too much… Continue Reading

What Is Speculative Fiction? Part One: Science Fiction

As the theme of this website is ‘speculations about speculative fiction’, I think it’s time I took a turn at the age-old sport of genre defining. In this post I’m going to delve into a sub-set of speculative fiction: science… Continue Reading