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Progress Report Week 2 June 2012

Progress Report Week 1 June 2012

Current ProjectsCrimeNovel1 is progressing slowly. Even though the outline is written, I am occasionally having trouble with scene transitions. RomanceNovel1 is in the last part of the last chapter. For some reason, I find this part of a story, regardless of length, the hardest to get down. Still plodding forward, but I’m struggling to get more than 300-400 words out in a day. DarkFantasy1A is being entirely rewritten to sharpen point of view so that readers don’t become confused by the multiple threads that run through it. When I started it, I was playing with what it would be like if readers saw how several stories intersected, but this led to too many characters, frustration at not seeing how their stories ended, and confusion over why they had held focus for very short segments of the book. This will take me a little time. BackburnerSciFiNovel1: I had an idea that needed a universe, and this novel needed another plot thread, so some developmental plot work was done. Progress at last!…

First Paragraphs from An Anthology of Battle—‘Jalaya’

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‘Jalaya’ was started in 1999 and completed in 2012, specifically for this anthology. It was difficult to write, until I conceded that it needed to be a lot longer than I had originally intended. The compromise was worth it. ‘Jalaya’ is the fourth short story in An Anthology of Battle and is approximately 14,500-words long. It is currently available for stand-alone purchase, and it starts like this: Michael looked down at the town in the sand. Red, flat roofs of clay interspersed by the elegant, wooden gables of buildings from northern climes, still stood in a basin of protective hills. From where he stood, the rotting boards were invisible, as was the sand that swirled along the unkempt streets. can be found in
















An Anthology of Battle can be found in Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.

First Lines from An Anthology of Battle—‘Death at War’s End’

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‘Death at War’s End’ was also written in 2004, which was a year for depressing poetry, it seems. ‘Death at War’s End’ is the third poem in An Anthology of Battle and is 33-lines long. It is currently available for stand-alone purchase, and it starts like this: I heard the long wind blowing, short howls like gasps of breath. can be found in 
















An Anthology of Battle can be found in Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.

First Paragraphs from An Anthology of Dragons—‘The Dragon in my Shadow’

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‘The Dragon in my Shadow’ is my latest experiment in writing short fiction. It didn’t turn out quite how I expected it to, but it’s growing on me. Written specifically for this anthology and completed on the 6th April 2012, it can best be described as contemporary paranormal with an almost literary twist. It starts like this: All my life, I’ve been ordinary. I’ve done all the ‘right’ things, made all the ‘right’ moves and failed spectacularly to actually achieve anything more than mid-line success. All my life. Nothing has worked.



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An Anthology of Dragons has been uploaded to both Smashwords and Kindle, and is awaiting release.

First Lines from An Anthology of Battle—‘Keeping the Peace’

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‘Keeping the Peace’ was written in 2004. It is the second poem in An Anthology of Battle and is 14-lines long. It is currently available for stand-alone purchase, and it starts like this: Bullets fly as talks collapse; the world erupts in uproar.

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An Anthology of Battle can be found in Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.