Biggles through time

Disclaimer: this has nothing to do with the abysmal film to hold the Biggles name!

I love old books but scared to read them for fear of damaging them. Having come into possession of several box’s filled with the books I have started to read through them and have to say that even though I am a fan of Sci-Fi and fantasy, I am now a fan of the books. My own work is set in the alternative victorian timeline but to sit a read books set during world war one is refreshing.

I would just like to thank all those people who have sat down, read the books and written out the reading order lists.

Thanks guys.

Published in: on August 14, 2015 at 7:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Book 1 Æther Shadow officially underway.

The original draft of Book 1 Æther Shadow weighed in at only 40K words. Today I reached the 17K mark of which only 4K is edited from the old version. The new version has a deeper story and now includes the protagonist side of the story that was absent from the first version. The self imposed deadline is getting worryingly close and I still have a long way to go, but this is a good start.

See you in port next time Airship Captains.

Published in: on August 12, 2015 at 6:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Bookerly font from Amazon.

For those who haven’t discovered it yet, Amazon has created a new font called Bookerly. For those looking to use it, I will not post a link, but I will say that someone has put them online.

Published in: on August 10, 2015 at 3:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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After the battle.

This was spawned by a comment about feeling the story that your writing and I got the vision of a warrior freshly returned from a battle.

The cold metal calmed her racing mind as she ran her hand along the freshly cleaned and sharpened blade. Not one spot of blood stained the swords mirror like surface and not a single nick marred its smooth razor thin cutting edge. Running her bare hand along its surface again to check for any slight imperfections, she placed the long heavy antique sword down slowly and reverently onto the smooth blue silk cloth that had been draped over the cold marble plinth, knelt down on the cold stone floor of the family’s mausoleum and gave thanks to her father’s spirit for allowing her to take his place in the latest of the king’s battles. One her prayers and been offered to her fallen family and to her gods for helping to keep her alive, she stood up, opened her eyes and took in a deep breath of the chilled air and left for her chambers to remove the blood stained armour that she still wore.

The idea is that the Knight ( I chose a woman to do away with the stereo typical male model) had just come home from a fight beside her king haven taken the place of her father using an old family sword used but many generations. Duty and honour is more important to her then her own health and I wanted to show that the sword had priority over everything in her life.

Will that have a place in my books, maybe. If I can finish the first trilogy in my Steampunk/Victorian fantasy, I have a pure fantasy novel series I want to start on.

Published in: on August 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A poem about the English Language

Some words have different meanings,
and yet they’re spelt the same.
A cricket is an insect,
to play it — it’s a game.

On every hand, in every land,
it’s thoroughly agreed,
the English language to explain
is very hard indeed.

Some people say that you’re a dear,
yet dear is far from cheap.
A jumper is a thing you wear,
yet a jumper has to leap.

It’s very clear, it’s very queer,
and pray who is to blame
for different meanings to some words,
pronounced and spelt, the same?

A little journey is a trip,
a trip is when you fall.
It doesn’t mean you have to dance
whene’er you hold a ball.

Now here’s a thing that puzzles me:
musicians of good taste
will very often form a band —
I’ve one around my waist!

You spin a top, go for a spin,
or spin a yarn may be —
yet every spin’s a different spin,
as you can plainly see.

Now here’s a most peculiar thing —
’twas told me as a joke —
a dumb man wouldn’t speak a word,
yet seized a wheel and spoke.

A door may often be ajar,
but give the door a slam,
and then your nerves receive a jar —
and then there’s jars of jam.

You’ve heard, of course, of traffic jams,
and jams you give your thumbs.
And adders, too, one is a snake,
the other adds up sums.

A policeman is a copper,
it’s a nickname (impolite!)
yet a copper in the kitchen
is an article you light.

On every hand, in every land,
it’s thoroughly agreed —
the English language to explain
is very hard indeed!

Written by Harry Hemsley

Published in: on August 7, 2015 at 7:18 am  Leave a Comment  

UK Tax Email Scam

To who ever the dumb fuck is that keeps sending me the tax refund fishing scam emails

Learn to fucking read and spell you dip shit!

And learn to clone the correct email address!

Published in: on July 25, 2015 at 1:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Transformers Devastation G1 are back!

Normally I save this for my other blog but I’m so hyped Transformers G1, the series I grew up is back for a new computer game!

Looks so cool to see the old boys back in action!

Published in: on July 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Spreading the word (free advertising)

Spreading the word (free advertising)

I am constantly surprised by the support of random strangers. Every time I talk about my work and writing to strangers people go online and look up my book! I must be doing something right as people who do even use Amazon kindle are going online and downloading kindle apps just to download my book to read. but it’s not just that, they are also spreading the word of the book!

I just like to give out a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has taken the time to purchase, read and support me. Thank you everyone!

Please continue to support me and my writer friends all over the world!

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Published in: on May 21, 2015 at 6:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Book 00 The End – Remixed

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I promised that I wouldn’t start a rebuild of Book 00 The end until i finished the first three books (the manuscripts are waiting to be edited.)

From a tech point several things are broken (one is Amazons fault!) I finally solved the NCX bug in Scrivener  (see earlier post) along with finding the cure for another TOC related bug.

There are also some content related issues that have started to dig at me and some sections from future books that also belong in this book along as a chronological rebuild.
A new version will be released to the kindle soon and hopefully I can finish the two manuscripts that I should be working on.

Published in: on May 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The End has Come! (parting of ways)

After 4 long years the unthinkable has happened, my kindle is dying!
In half an hour last night the poor thing reset it’s self 3 times and had to restore it’s self.

I would have loveed to have upgraded to the new Voyager but with the paperwhite having the same functions (from a writing perspective) and being £70 cheeper, I’ve brought myself a new paperwhite.

Lets hope the cover fits as it impossible to get the same cover for other devices :(

Published in: on May 4, 2015 at 12:46 pm  Comments (2)  
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