Storymart: 5 Pros and Cons for Writers

  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

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Exultation

  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

What Does Editing Look Like?

  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?

Meet the Artist!

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!

Cover Art: The Pain of Decision

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

Cover Art: Ask the Audience

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

Folklore Snippets: Omamori, Pocket-Sized Luck

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