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He thinks again…

Chris and I have been working on the novelization of the Lords of Midnight for some time now, infact it was back in June 2016 I started on the project. With Chris' help on the lore I have made excellent progress on the novel and I'm getting closer to a good solid...

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#VoteYesAustralia

Something a little different today, a guest blog. Nothing to do with SF or Fantasy, but a poignant letter from my sister, Jacqui. She and her partner, Alena, of 16 years are currently unable to get married because they live in Australia, it remains against the law....

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The Map of Esurio

  This is one of a series of guides to the Shadeward Universe. You can read the others here. With a relative lack of technology available to the inhabitants of Esurio, the means of navigating long distances across the planet has been lost to most. There are no...

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Introduction to the Shadeward Saga

  This is one of a series of guides to the Shadeward Universe. You can read the others here. Introduction. The Shadeward Saga is a four part SF series cataloging events upon the planet Esurio. The Planet was colonised by refugees from Earth at some point in the...

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Bringing characters to life

STOP PRESS - Elite Dangerous Premonition just came out in paperback on Amazon as I was writing this blog. I would really appreciate it if folks who've already read and enjoyed the ebook version could give it a review. Reviews make a massive difference to the...

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Eclipse Day

And so the day dawned. But it wasn't good news. I could tell from the light filtering through my tent that there was no sun. I got outside and was greeted with thick and heavy grey cloud in all directions. The car was wet, the tent was soaking. Not sure if it rained...

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Eclipse T-1 Days : The crazy dude from the UK

Sun up on the 20th of August. I was here, I was actually here. Alliance was pretty much bang on the centre-line of the Eclipse zone, and Wells Ranch (about 3-4 miles south of the town) was exactly on it. That meant 2 minutes and 30 seconds of totality at around 11...

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Eclipse T-2 days : Travelling

Today was a travelling day, and a lot of distance had to be covered. For the most part this wasn't very interesting, so this is a short update! I left the Red Feather lodge just south of the Grand Canyon at about 4am in order to drive back to Las Vegas. Though it was...

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Eclipse T-3 days : A cycle ride

I was thinking of doing another hike today, but I was a bit concerned that I might over-tire myself in the process. I don't think I would have seen anything *that* different from yesterday. So instead I hired a bike. The route I took was from the Visitor Centre to a...

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Eclipse T-4 Days : Grand Canyon

I left Sedona at around 9am to head north towards the Grand Canyon. I'd done a little homework on this as the Grand Canyon is a huge place and you really need to plan something according to the amount of time you have here. I have a day and a half, so wanted to make...

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Eclipse T-5 days : Kayaking

More of an outdoorsy sort of day today, without the big 'site' visits. I had to get up early to get down to a place called Camp Verde. As the name suggests it's very lush and green down here. After a long drive, partly off road towards the end I reached a potage point...

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Eclipse T-6 days (Part 2) : Taking it easy

So, part two of this blog, or I'm going to get behind schedule! Tuesday was an amazing day and I had fun on Wednesday too, but Tuesday was where I did all the 'big stuff'. So I'll concentrate on that. Grabbing breakfast (bacon and waffles!) at the Arabella Hotel in...

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Eclipse T-7 days : Gatwick Airport

One week to go! Gatwick airport is my nearest airport, but it's also known as the 'tourist' airport, hosting a lot of EasyJet flights for holiday makers off to enjoy some summer sun. As such, it's extremely busy in the summer months. I haven't flown from here in a...

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Eclipse T-12 days : Equipment and Packing

I mentioned before that I'm only an average photographer. I know my way around an SLR, understand my F-stops, ISOs and shutter speeds and have done a fair bit of astro photography, but I'm no expert. My intention with this eclipse isn't to take the most amazing photo...

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Eclipse T-14 days : A change of scenery

The vast majority of the blogs on this site are concerned with my books. Hey, I'm an author, right? There have been a variety of progress updates, minor spoilers, lore, game commentary and tech articles about the science my novels are based upon, or not... as the case...

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Elite Dangerous Premonition Launches!

It's eleven months to the day since I embarked on writing my second novel in the remarkable universe of Elite Dangerous. In truth, the preparation for it started quite some time before that in terms of pitches, discussions, outlines, plans and so on. The actual...

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Narrative editing of Elite Dangerous Premonition is complete

Another big hurdle out of the way. Today I put the finishing touches to the narrative edit of Elite Dangerous Premonition! This means we're now at a third draft (Draft one was the rough story, draft two was my own personal edit) and the book is in really good shape....

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Elite Dangerous Premonition is with the editors

A major milestone for me today. The second draft of Elite Dangerous Premonition was finished and sent to the editors. 151,354 words in total. I have incorporated all the details from the event that happened on the 29th of April into the closing chapters of the book....

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Aftermath

Commander Salomé, ex-Senator and disgraced lady Kahina Tijani Loren of the empire, is dead. She was confirmed killed at 20:49 gametime on 29th April, 3303, succumbing to hostile fire from Commander Harry Potter. Some will accuse me of having scripted this event. Some...

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