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.

the Stone Dance Second Edition

Once upon a time I said in an interview that there was only a single word that I wanted to change in the whole of the nearly seven hundred thousand words of The Stone Dance of the Chameleon. That I could say anything so ludicrous and pretentious says a lot about who I was then. How things change: for the Second Edition I have reduced the text by a quarter, and I hacked my way […]

Matryoshka published

I haven’t written here for a while, and I’ve not had a book published for even longer. That doesn’t mean that I have not been working and writing, it’s really just that I’ve been down various rabbit holes and am only now emerging. To mark my return I am pleased to announce that my science fiction novella, Matryoshka is to be published by NewCon Press on the 21st August 2018. Matryoshka is a strange beast. […]