Cutting through Air.

Hers another little sword related tip.

I barely heard the whistle as the sword cut through the air, In a split second, it collided with the log beside my head, scattering splinters everywhere.

Being an owner of a sword, I sometimes I try some basic moves to help flex and exercise the arms and wrist. While swinging, I started to hear the whistle of air as the sword cut through. I have taken time to watch my swing and noticed that when the air whistles over the blade, the blade tip is a blur. It’s knowing little things like this that we can use to help describe the speed at which a sword user swings.

There is another side two this, I also posses a long sword (two handed) Short sword (single handed) and Katana (Japanese two handed) and when each of these cut through the air they each have a different sound. I know this isn’t all that helpful, but it’s the small things that can make a big difference in a story.

Now I just need to find a sword teacher who can show me how to actually use them.

Published in: on April 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm  Comments (1)  
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Passed 40K and it sucks.

Passed 40K and it sucks.

As you can gather, I have passed 40K instead of scoffing chocolate. I should be tucking into an early double malt but today’s work sucks.

Its supposed to introduce the next party into the conflagration but it flows like a brick on a road.

I need to go back and edit P1 now and work out formatting and cover design but alas P2 is calling out to me. Part 2 is supposed to cover him rebuilding his life as well as introducing the Lords of Camalonia but alas every word of it is crap.

There is still ten days left so onwards and upwards.

Published in: on April 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm  Comments (1)  

CampNaNoWriMo Update ?

My OSX/IOS workspace

My OSX/IOS workspace


CampNaNoWriMo Update?

I thought I should write a post about how far along I am in the beta version of the book.

Using the Nanocounter my official word count (actual document word count) is sitting around 32,660 however, in the process of writing and the little distractions, I have written another 6K words on top of that! My original target word count for the first part of book one came in at 29K and 15 chapters (not to far short) and while there are still loads to do on it, I hope that the finial pre-publish will pass 30K.

Part 2-Second life MKII is only up to 3.5K, but I hope to get up to the 6K mark by drink o’clock (1759 According to Arthur Guinness)

I am at the point in the manuscript that I have an idea of where it’s going, but no notes on what to write.

I say this far too many times, but I am still amazed that a 2.2k word Halloween short has blown into a book series as more and more readers ask me questions.

I have a private hidden group on facebook where a few have had the chance to preview the first 14 chapters, but until the first part get epublished it will remain secret.

Nine out of fifteen chapters finished.

Except form a finale edit by a third party, nine out of fifteen chapters are now finished making the near completion of the first of three novella’s that will make up my first book.

So happy.

Published in: on April 12, 2014 at 9:21 am  Comments (3)  
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Part 1, 4 chapters done!

Wahoo, four chapters are finished to a level suitable for public viewing, which means a four chapters closer to finishing the first part of the Series.
Part one will need a full edit but at least it’s one step closer to the end!

Published in: on April 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm  Comments (2)  
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The Watcher in the Woods (Vail Gates?)

There is truly only one film that Walt Disney ever made that still scares me.

Released in 1980, The Watcher in the woods is a truly scary children’s film.

IMDB’s Blurb >

When a family moves to a country home, the young girls experience strange happenings that have a link to an occult event years past.

I had forgotten about this film until to day.  In my books, I explain that the wizards, druids and other ancient species fled our would through hidden magical ways called “Vail Gates”.

Now I think back, this film may be the first (unknowing) reference to these portals that led to other worlds.

The film is based on a book by the same name written by Florence Engel Randall.

I think I have just found my next book to read.


Published in: on April 3, 2014 at 5:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Random thoughts from the troubled mind of James Purcell.

Random thoughts from the troubled mind of James Purcell.

Even in the warm air that had been trapped by the thick canopy above me, I felt cold. Ever since I had woken up on that ship of strangers, I have yet to know what being warm felt like. Curled up in the hollow between the tree roots wrapped in a blanket and travel cloak I feel cold. I should light a fire, but I don’t want to be seen. All I want is to be alone and get some sleep. How long has it been since I could calm down and let sleep overtake me? I don’t remember, the ever-growing need for revenge pushes me on.

I pulled the hood of my linen robe up over my head followed by the hood of my travel cloak, Pulled my knees into my chest and laid my chin on them, closing my eyes. Even though the forest was full of animals, there was one noise out of place. Someone was trying to creep up on me, someone who made a living being quite. To be honest I was feed up of everything, I didn’t care if he was here to kill me. I just wanted to be alone. The blood coated sword leaned against the tree next to me and I made no move to grab it, I just sat there and waited.

There was a smell in the air, the smallest hint of a scent, a scent I knew. If I had been human, I never would have recognised it, but I was more and the smell was too familiar. The iron tang of blood filled my sense’s and my inner wolf cried out, but I held it back with much effort. The owner of the blood I knew and I knew why he was bleeding.

“Would you mind if I share you clearing?” came the voice of a man I knew.

“Not my country.” I growled back.

The man laid his pack and weapons down against a tree and started making a fire. “You look cold.” He said looking at me, he struck a spark and the pile of twigs and dry leaves caught on fire. Slowly he built up the fire and before long the clearing was bathed in the orange glow cast by the flames.

Published in: on March 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm  Comments (3)  
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CampNaNo Novel now locked.

CampNaNo Novel now locked.

So, after much deliberation, I have settled on what I will do for CampNaNo.

I had planned on working on one of the many side novels that accompany the main series but after looking through a draft of book two and three that I sent to someone, I have settle on a complete rewrite of the book. Now that I am working through the second draft of Book one, the time line is locked and I can go back to work out cleaning them up.

I am making use of Spellcheckplus to correct my spelling and grammar as I go and already see an improvement. While there are many things that the site gets correct there are still one or two things that it does not quite understand (All Hallows Eve).

I think I may pay up and subscribe to the site to a full year as it has made my writing better.

Published in: on March 27, 2014 at 6:48 am  Comments (2)  
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NaNoCamp is around the corner.

NaNoCamp is around the corner and I contemplated not taking part as I have 3 books to edit already but boredom is getting the better of me. I have loads of plots and story’s covering several genera’s but lacking in the attention to concentrate on them.

These are the idea’s

Aether Shadow Part 2 
Now the Captain of the airship Aether Shadow, Shelly Lee now has to lead her crew on an adventure in this new world however, Hot on her heals is another airship captain determined to take the ship and crew for her own means. With the return of her former shipmate, The Elf Queen Issabella and the support of the french and Japanese forces in this world, can she save her crew?

Rise of the Gray Wolf.
What happened to James Purcell, the former captain of the Airship Aether Shadow and do they really want what has returned to be part of there lives?

The Dragon Rider.
After becoming trapped in the Vail and rescued by the little girl know as Louise, the two escape and return to there world of the living that has moved on without them. Louise is actually a dragon that can assume human form and has taught mac how to use the powers of the Vail. Now able to use magic in a form better suited to his ability’s, Mac and Louise return across the worlds of England and Albion in search of people from there past. Can they make a new life for them or will they become part of the coming war.

The Moon Druid.
Media Studies Student Jessica has always known there is something special about her. Plagued with a strange illness that causes her to go from a complete lack of energy one day to being like a hyperactive child another day. She is drawn to a stranger who walks into the shop she works in, he has an alternative motive and has tried to hide from the world for his crimes.
What is the connection between them and can she find out the answer to her illness.

Iconian the Meddler.
For over two hundred years the dragons have remained hidden from the world but when his mate leave for self imposed exile even is love for the queen cannot hold him back. Will he finds his partner and discover what she has been doing in the absence.

Oh dear, such choices.

Published in: on March 16, 2014 at 8:18 pm  Comments (2)  
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First pictures of Captain James Purcell.

Today I had a photo shoot dressed as a steampunk character and despite looking more cowboy then Victorian dock worker/ Airship captain I think it matches the damaged flawed image I had of him. I just need to wait now to see how the rest came out.


Published in: on March 15, 2014 at 8:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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