back to editing ‘the golden brick’ and making decisions as to the tone. I’ll be making my main character more desperate and underhand and bumping up the humour. Had a good writers group meeting last week and the recommendation was to keep the story in the ‘now’ and not do timeshifting which is something I have done a bit in this book. It’ll be a hefty re-write, but needs doing.

Got to near enough on the 20k, so reviewing the MS so it is at least syntactically in good nick before I pass it on to get it checked by my man who knows a bit about police procedure. Once I part company with it I’ll be back to The Golden Brick for a bit of a shake-up and see what tone I am happiest with. Am thinking a strong comic tone suits best.

creeping inexorably towards 20k words at  which point I will be doing an about-turn and fleshing out my main characters before sending the 20k first to a reader who has knowledge of police procedure and then, hopefully to submit it to a publsiher, my first such endeavour in many years.

16k into Kilban and its getting nicely set up for the mayhem that is to unfold. I have someone with a good knowledge of police procedure set up to read through it once I have 20k done. That way I can be confident that I’m not making gaffes all over the place. I still don’t know exactly how its going to pan out which I guess is a good thing. Have a good idea of the very end but that’s about it.

about 13k into ‘Kilban’ and the story is well set-up, with each main character having their own separate dilemma as well as being involved in the overall plot. Trying to keep elements of humour in there as well. Have taken ‘The Money Walks’ off Smashwords and putting it back on Kindle Select where you can do a bit of promotion and readers have access to the book through the Kindle Library. You have to be on Kindle only to do this, hence my retreat from Smashwords- which by the way was not yielding much anyway

Kilban coming along nicely. A good grouping of miscreants and misfits on both sides of the moral divide. Each is in battle with their own personal conflict as well as the broader narrative. Am hoping to keep credibility and entertainment travelling hand in hand.


back to writing after a weeks sabbatical during which i wandered through country hedgerows with my hands clasped behind my back, stooped over with the effort of concentration. Thus, my boots are covered in cow dung but my fingers have started talking again after their lengthy repose and my imagination is verily in a fever.

Kilban coming along nicely. Have a few plot lines running through it, just a question of making sure each one gets developed. Am putting a lot more time into thinking the story through than in previous writing, so that’ll make the process slower, but am hoping it pays dividends in terms of creating a tight structure.

put The Money Walks in for a promotion through Fiverr, the website that does everything for you bar write the actual book. It costs the princely sum of five dollars to get your book blasted into the virtual universe, so we’ll see what comes of it.

working on new book, titled ‘Kilban’ for the moment and it centers around an ex-cop of that name who is pitched against his nemesis- a certain mister Hennessy who has done him a serious grievance in the past. It’s intended to be action from the start with a strong edge to keep the narrative flow going. This will involve a series of plot lines running through the book that intersect with the main one. New territory and I’m conscious that it could all go pear-shaped or I could discover that I haven’t set enough up at the start to keep it all going.