J C Steel, author

 Knives, spaceships, and dirty fighting – who says a mercenary cult can’t be fun?

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Etymology Excavation: “quixotic”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have...

Author: implosion

Author implosion may be a little over-dramatic. A little. I didn't wake up next to anyone I didn't recognise, I didn't wind up in the drunk tank, and no one had to call emergency services. So why,...

Richard Stephens, Galaxy of Authors

Richard H. Stephens 'Durned elf.' Author website Twitter Amazon author page Facebook Goodreads Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#fantasy #IARTG"...

Cris and Clare Meyers, Galaxy of Authors

Cris and Clare Meyers Yes, we co-write with our spouse. No, we’re not crazy. And yes, the look on your face when we said that is probably the best part of saying it. Get the books! [tweetthis...

Weapons in the Cortii

Weapons in the Cortii Personal loadout, for some reasons I hope will be obvious, isn't usually made public. No one who survives Cortiian basic training underestimates the value of...

Get inspired: week 7

Valentine's colours (Get Inspired, week 7) I hate those pink and white balloons in the stores around Valentine's Day. They always remind me of blood on the snow. I was trying to run, but the snow...

UK International Novel Writing Competition

The news of the year to date: both Through the Hostage and Fighting Shadows made it through the initial cut to get into Round 2 of the UKNWC. This is particularly awesome, not just because from...

Etymology Excavation: “fascinating”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have...

Get Inspired: Week 4

I'll take Death over the Tower any day (Get Inspired, week 4) My living room windows blew in, less than a second after I hit the deck under my table. Sadly, this kind of thing happens often enough...

The Sisyphean task of editing

Editing Elemental Affinity My current ‘big push’ is to get the third in the Cortii series, Elemental Affinity, beta-read ready by the end of April. This is currently showcasing the Sisyphean ‘one...

Etymology Excavation: “Raining cats and dogs”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

Get inspired: week 7

Valentine's colours (Get Inspired, week 7) I hate those pink and white balloons in the stores around Valentine's Day. They always remind me of blood on the snow. I was trying to run, but the snow...

Etymology excavation: “when push comes to shove”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

Brhi Stokes, Galaxy of Authors

Brhi Stokes 'Learn to let things go sooner rather than later.' Author website Twitter Facebook Instagram Amazon author page Goodreads Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#urbanfantasy...

Cortiian word of the week: Faran

Faran Spend more than five minutes with a group of Cortiians, and one of them will probably find themselves a cup of faran. It's as ubiquitous as coffee on Earth, but probably tastes...

Writing myths: slay the dragon

Writing Myths that need slaying I must write something other people will like and approve of. No. A thousand times no. As Oscar Wilde put it “You can always judge a man by the quality of his...

Cortiian word of the week: Derian

Derian, pl. deriani It's a very old Cortiian word, and it literally means 'rider'. It's also, in wider use, a generic title for any Cortiian, rather like 'citizen' in the Federated...

Cris and Clare Meyers, Galaxy of Authors

Cris and Clare Meyers Yes, we co-write with our spouse. No, we’re not crazy. And yes, the look on your face when we said that is probably the best part of saying it. Get the books! [tweetthis...

The innermost circle…the author’s desk

The Author's Desk The centre of the madness, the eye of the storm ... where the Cortii series is written, edited, and not infrequently sworn about. Almost out of shot to the right, there is a cat...

Get Inspired: Week 3

Immortality doesn't mean you'll live forever...(Get Inspired, week 3) The peaches of immortality ripen only once in every three thousand years. If you find and eat one, you're guaranteed...

Amazon Author Central – undercover to El Dorado

Amazon Author Central - Undercover to El Dorado Yo, authors! I was kidding about El Dorado. This is much better hidden. There's something provided by Amazon. It's free, it's useful, and it's very...

Top summer books

Top summer books Seemed to me that there was a lot on this blog about writing, and since I just completed the 2017 Goodreads challenge, it seemed like a good point to write a bit about...

Richard Stephens, Galaxy of Authors

Richard H. Stephens 'Durned elf.' Author website Twitter Amazon author page Facebook Goodreads Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#fantasy #IARTG"...

Spatial Politics and the Cortii

Spatial politics and the Cortii ...because you really can't call it geo-politics when it concerns a sizeable chunk of the galaxy. Setting borders Borders in space are tricky bastards,...

Neven Carr, Galaxy of Authors

Neven Carr Author website Twitter Facebook Amazon author page Get the books! A twisty, complex...

Highlights of 2016

2016 round-up I thought that rather than making  a list of things to do next year that I know I'm not going to get to, I'd make a list, instead, of the things I actually did in 2016. (Da-da-da-done,...

Weapons in the Cortii

Weapons in the Cortii Personal loadout, for some reasons I hope will be obvious, isn't usually made public. No one who survives Cortiian basic training underestimates the value of...

Etymology excavation: “coming down the pike”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

Get Inspired: Week 4

I'll take Death over the Tower any day (Get Inspired, week 4) My living room windows blew in, less than a second after I hit the deck under my table. Sadly, this kind of thing happens often enough...

Weird happenings and a new genre

First off, to quote one of my favourite Terry Pratchett characters, 'I Aten't Dead.' But I promised weird happenings, and indeed there have been some, starting with Facebook deciding...

Urban Fantasy

 When ‘Here be monsters’ doesn’t only mark the unknown…

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