Monthly Archives: June 2017

Writing Update

About 30,000 words into writing, or rather revising, The Little Queen. The number goes up by a good chunk daily now – I’m pretty pleased with how it’s going.  Now I will probably wait until I’ve finished this draft and then I will make it available for beta-reading via google docs or email.

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Never argue with stupid people. First, they’ll drag you down to their level, and then win through experience.

Mark Twain

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The Little Queen Extract (Not As Long)

Just a short scene from the beginning of Chapter Three that gives a glimpse of Tenley’s character.

By afternoon last night’s clouds had all disappeared, sun rays piercing the leafy canopy to where Tenley stood and was refreshed by the warm, gentle touch. She hadn’t slept.

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If you were to ask a bunch of random people what they know about Mummies, I’m pretty sure the two things they would mention most often are that they’re covered in bandages and they come from Egypt.

So why, if you’re making a movie called ‘The Mummy’, would you set most of it in England and have hardly anything Egyptian in it at all?

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I need to contact Guiness World Records – I think this might be the most stupid thing a human has ever said.

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They tell me it’s been twenty years now since the first Harry Potter was published.

That’s a lie. It’s been, like, two years – five max. I’m not that old. Screw you.

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The Little Queen Extract (Long)

Another excerpt from my ongoing revising of The Little Queen, this time a long scene from Chapter Two. I’ve paused working on the sequel for a little while to work on this, although revising has given me lots of thoughts and ideas to use in that too. Anyway, enjoy:

In the lighthouse,

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The Little Queen – Things in the Woods

Another excerpt from my ongoing revising of The Little Queen. This is the end of Chapter One, and the first big action scene when Kaya encounters her first Changeling (well, technically she has encountered them before in the story but just didn’t realise it):

Kaya had been trying to sleep,

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‘A young American Free Mason is taken in by the message of a soap-box
orator who asserts that all good jobs in the United States are being
taken by the so-called minorities, domestic and foreign. He falls into a
conversation with Hungarian professor who witnessed the rise of Nazism
in Berlin and who tells him of the pattern of events that brought Hitler
to power in Germany and how Germany’s anti-democratic groups split the
country into helpless minorities,

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I finished writing the first completely new scene to the current revision of The Little Queen, so here’s a little excerpt:

“Good,” Stan proceeded to unlock a drawer and count out the cash. “And Cade, if you need a real job, we always need drivers. Last bloke fell asleep at the wheel.”

“I suppose now he’s sleeping with the fishes?”

“No Cade –

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