Lately I've been pursuing publication for some of my short stories, and I feel I'm settling into a good rhythm of submissions and rejections. My current goal, at its barest bones, is to be paid professionally for a piece of my work. A lofty one, I know. Anyone familiar with writing submissions knows just…Read more Storymart: 5 Pros and Cons for Writers
Rain gushed over ancient tiles, overflowed from dilapidated gutters, and dripped off the end of a cold, stone nose. A church congregation filed in under the cross-eyed gaze of the gargoyle. The people were drab, in both colour and spirit. The door slammed, locking them in with their sins. Guilt should not be tangible,…Read more Exultation
A little update here on The Jack Hansard Series. Thanks again for sticking with me - we're making steady progress! I know it's proving to be a long wait, but I promise the end result will be worth it. I know it's a bit dull to just hear 'I'm editing' over and over again,…Read more What Does Editing Look Like?
Dominique Lane has been the An Inspired Mess artist since the website's creation - and she's behind every piece of Jack Hansard artwork you've come across. If you follow my Facebook or Twitter channels then you'll have seen all the previews, behind-the-scenes, and extra illustrations that she's created. Right now, Dom is working on the…Read more Meet the Artist!
Just over a week ago I asked y'all to give me your opinions on some draft book covers for The Jack Hansard Series - and your response was fantastic! Thank you for all of your messages on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Wattpad - we've been weighing up your comments and have come to our…Read more Cover Art: The Pain of Decision
This is an update for all you fantastic people following the progress of The Jack Hansard Series. Firstly: thank you for your amazing support! It means a lot that you've stuck with me (and Jack) throughout this weird journey. I've just recently finished editing Season 1, and so have turned my sights to self-publishing. Joining…Read more Cover Art: Ask the Audience
It's been a while since we've had a good look at some folklore, isn't it? Under the spotlight today is a Japanese cultural and religious object - the omamori - which is a surprisingly common item of stock sold by our favourite occult tradesman: Peggy straightened her notes. “Honestly, Jack, you're never prepared. You never…Read more Folklore Snippets: Omamori, Pocket-Sized Luck