October

As there’s no writing news to report – and there won’t be any until well into 2019, I suspect – here’s an autumnal poem…

October

October leaves
Fading shreds of giants’ sleeves

October suns
Kinder than the winter ones

October leaves
Forgetful of abandoned trees

October skies
Sapphire of the wisest eyes

October leaves
Skip alone in silent streets

October mourns
Hushed behind a darkened dawn

October leaves
Desiccated tears of fearful trees

October lights
The clearest way through darker nights

October leaves
Larders full of winter sheaves

October winds
Take the last of our beloved things

October leaves

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What do you mean, you haven’t read The Veil yet? These are two of the creepiest apocalypse tales ever told!

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While you’re waiting for me to finish my next novel, you can read two dark stories set in the south-west of America.

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Happy reading and keep a change of underwear handy!

A new book in the pipeline?

It’ll be several months before there’s much more I can really tell you about this, however, I thought I ought to let you know you that I am writing a new novel. So, if I seem a little distant or otherwise preoccupied, it’s because I am spending almost every hour of the day living in (and writing down in story form) a total and utter fantasy.

Rest assured, however, that less tweeting, updating and blogging is leading to something far superior to and, I hope, more enduring than, any links, pics or blather I might otherwise share online.

What’s the book about?

Well, all I’ll say at this very early stage is that it’s epic fantasy and by far the most unusual thing I’ve written. It’s ecological/environmental to a degree and is an idea that has been gestating for well over twenty years.

In fact, this was the first novel I ever tried to write and never came close to completing – there’ve been a few of those, though it happens less often these days, I’m glad to say. A few months ago, I was telling my daughter about the world I’d envisioned and the story that might have unfolded. She said, “Dad, you should go back to the beginning and write that story again.”

So that’s what I’m doing.

I may check in a couple more times before Christmas but, for the foreseeable, it’s head down and no distractions.

Even if I manage to finish it this time, there is, as usual, no guarantee that this novel will even see publication. But which writer ever let that stop them doing what they were born to do?

See you soon and thanks for your patience.

My new home…

Only on the internet can you move house and stay in the same place simultaneously.

So I gave it a try. The result: my brand new shiny website!

I’ll hang around here, as usual, sharing my latest publishing news and literary views but it felt like time for some new energy.

TEASER: They say it’s an ill wind that blows no good, so, after a long period that will appear ‘fallow’ to the casual observer, there may be some really exciting news on the way. More soon…