Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Off to Egypt to write my next book


I'm off to Cairo tomorrow for a couple of weeks to work on my next novel, a neo-pulp adventure story set in Cairo in 1919. I write about it and the setting at length in this Black Gate post. While I won't be on much social media, I will be updating my Instagram account daily, so you can follow along with my exploration of Cairo and the surrounding area. You don't have to have an Instagram account of your own to see the pictures.

Special thanks to blogger buddy Lexa Cain for lots of tips on Egypt. Check out here blog for some interesting insights into the country.

Photo of the pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara from Wikimedia Commons. Everyone always shows Giza but this was the first pyramid, c. 2648 BC!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day from Ancient Egypt!


This happy couple is a rare example of a double shabti. A shabti was a figurine placed in an ancient Egyptian tomb that would act as a servant in the afterlife. They come in a remarkable number and variety, but seeing double ones like this are rare. In fact I don't think I've seen one before. This example dates from the 19th or 20th dynasties (1295-1069 BC) and is made of faience. I spotted it in the archaeological museum of Bologna, which also has an incredible Etruscan collection that I've written about over on Black Gate. You can see some more examples of shabtis in a post I did about London's Petrie Museum on the same blog.

It kind of sucks that this happy couple has to labor ceaselessly for all eternity for some dead Egyptian noble but hey, at least they have each other!

Thursday, 2 February 2017

I'm on Instagram!


I just started an Instagram account. Yeah, I know I'm way behind the curve on this. I only have a few photos up so far but plenty more will go up in the coming days and weeks. Right now it will mostly be Morocco pics, like this feline cigarette seller from Tangier. I'll also be posting from Cairo once I get there. Later in the year you'll see travel photos from Spain and England and who-knows-where. Feel free to follow me!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Get The Last Hotel Room for only a Buck!

Kindle Press is promoting the electronic edition of my novel, The Last Hotel Room, for $1 all this month.

The deal is only available on the Amazon US store so all you furriners will see it at the regular price. It deals with the Syrian refugee crisis and an American who breaks out of his self-pity and apathy to try and help. I wrote it to be timely and political, and never thought it would get as timely and political as this! Please share. A portion of my royalties goes to Syrian refugees.

And a big thank you to all who voted for it during the Kindle Scout competition. You rock!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Scavenger: Post-Apocalyptic Ebook Free Through January 22

I'm offering my post-apocalyptic story The Scavenger for free on Amazon for the next five days.

This story is a 67-page teaser for my Toxic World series, which starts with the novel Radio Hope. The Scavenger a standalone story, but it gives a different perspective on some of the places and characters that appear in Radio Hope.

The blurb is below:

In a world shattered by war, pollution, and disease, a lone scavenger discovers a priceless relic from the Old Times.
The problem is, it's stuck in the middle of the worst wasteland he knows--a contaminated city inhabited by insane chem addicts and vengeful villagers. Only his wits, his gun, and an unlikely ally can get him out alive.
Set in the Toxic World series introduced in the novel Radio Hope, this 10,000-word story explores more of the dangers and personalities that make up a post-apocalyptic world that's all too possible.

I'd like to get it in front of as many eyeballs as possible. So please, between now and Sunday, January 22, feel free to share, like, tweet, etc!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Travel Tuesday: Find the Moroccan Cat!



This is a shot of my rooftop in Tangier, Morocco. Can you spot the cat? Do NOT give the answer in the comments section!

My next trip will be the last two weeks of February, when I go to Cairo to work on a novel and see a friend. I'll be posting plenty of photos!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

A New Writing Challenge: A Million Words in 2017!



Like I mentioned in my review of my writing year, I had my most productive year in 2016 to date with 900,750 words written. I've decided to challenge myself to get to a cool million this year. I'm going to count words the same way I did in last year: fiction, nonfiction, and blogging all count. I also include editing, at a ratio of 10:1, so editing 10,000 words counts as writing 1,000. I'll round down to the nearest 250 words.

My ghostwriting career has picked up in the past year, and so more word count means more money. I also want to keep up productivity of my own books.

I've added a word count meter on the right hand margin of this blog so you can follow my progress. I'll try to update it every Sunday.
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