raffling off proofs

Following your feedback, I decided that I would simply raffle off the proofs. One of you, Tooru, suggested that I video the process and so I did—you will find it below. If you recognise your name being called out, please send me an email with your snail address so that I can post you the book. Do let me know if you would like me to write anything in it. I will try and contact […]

giveaway proofs

Happy Twenties! Let’s hope they’re cheerier than the Tens or Noughties. As I run up to the release of the first volume of the Second Edition of The Stone Dance of the Chameleon, I have a stack of proofs to giveaway. They sat by my stove for a while, but I couldn’t bring myself to burn or recycle them, and a friend suggested I give them away. They are from different phases of the proofing […]

towards 2020

City living eclipses solstices. Their significance is more obvious in the countryside. Cresting the summer solstice could be sad—starting the toboggan slide down into winter darkness—but the ease and glory of midsummer makes it hard to be glum. Besides, here in Scotland, with sea to west and north and east, our summer only peaks in August. The winter solstice is a more ravenous beast. At this darkest time—here the sun sets before 4pm—our bodies do […]

Stone Dance Second Edition release schedule

Before writing this, I read my last post on this issue and discovered that I’d claimed that the new Second Edition Stone Dance books were going to start coming out in weeks… and that was weeks ago. Oops! I thought that plan had only been in my head, and had forgotten I’d ‘said it out loud’. Oh dear. My apologies. If you read the First Edition, you will know that I missed my delivery times […]

self-publishing

In response to an email from Ryan Calvey about my instagram post I wrote a few things that it seems to me worth sharing here. Ryan wrote: “I don’t know much about book promotion, but I imagine doing it in the current environment must be quite a challenge! Though I’m guessing it might also feel good to be in control of the process yourself rather than hoping a publisher makes the right choices.” This was […]

instagram

I’ve opened an account on instagram in preparation for the launch of the new Second Edition Stone Dance books and Ric Cross has connected it to this site, so that new posts will appear on the homepage. My instagram account will start by providing a sort of ‘biography’—for anyone who is interested in my work history—as well as some stuff about my personal life, my dog Toby and my chickens, my bats and my bees, […]

Stone Dance Second Edition Proofs

I have been hard at work on the Second Edition of the Stone Dance—it feels like an endless task but I’m getting there. Proofs of the first five volumes exist, and here’s a photo to prove it! :O). The sixth volume is almost at proof stage, but I put it aside so I can get my head around ‘marketing’. The first volume is ready to go, and a proof of the second volume is out […]

WorldCon Dublin 2019—comments

Dublin was the first Worldcon I’ve attended—in truth I attend very few of these conventions. Given how much fun I had, I’m now wondering whether I shouldn’t attend them more frequently. 4000 people were supposed to attend, but 5500 came (6000 by some reckonings). A second building had to be hired at the last minute to accommodate the multitudes. We all discovered, quite early, that if you didn’t start queueing for an event early enough, […]

Worldcon Dublin 2019

Having a major (the major?) sci-fi convention materialize on your doorstep—well, across the Irish Sea rather than the Atlantic Ocean—seems an opportunity too good to miss. So, I’m going to be there from Thursday 14th to Sunday 18th of August—and would also be there on Monday if I hadn’t assumed it ended on Sunday. So, if you see me wandering around, do please come and say hello (assuming you’re there in the flesh rather than […]

the Stone Dance Bible

Richard Cross and I have completed a rejigging of this website that includes putting the ‘support material’ for the Stone Dance into a stand alone SDC Bible. This ‘Bible’ has a sub-section for the First Edition and another for the Second—to accommodate their division into a different number of volumes. In the sub-section for the Second Edition you will see blurred versions of the new covers that I am working on.