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Saturday, 31 August 2013


I finished the copy of The Sun Thief today for my daughter's birthday. Also worked a little on the Fanting Fightasy book, I did one room. I might try to write a room a day and put it on Wattpad for people to play until I have finished it. Thought a little about SAASA, need to think a little more.

Friday, 30 August 2013


I sewed all of the signatures into one piece, then glued them together using a cheap glue I got from the £ shop, it seems to have worked. Made the cover and glued one half in. I will hopefully finish for tomorrow.

Met somebody today and gave her my information slip. She came from America and said she would check out the free book I have on Smashwords. (For all of you people who haven't downloaded it yet it's at


Today's joke is:

What kind of bird do you always find in a kitchen?

A cook-oo!

Thursday, 29 August 2013


Delivered my magazines this morning so that I could see my daughter in the afternoon. I printed out the signatures on Tuesday and sewed them together today for my other daughter's book. It's her birthday on Saturday, I hope I have enough time to finish it before then.

Today's joke is:

Why did the owl 'owl?

Because the wood pecker would peck 'er!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013


I am having to write my blog on my wife's iPad because she is using my PC. After I had sung my praise songs and listened to my scriptures I began to think about SAASA. Just was relieved I had solved the problem I had realised yesterday. I have sort of planned the next Sid and Arthur sequence but really want a Traiton/D'ark sequence first.

I'll think about it now.

D'ark is the director, Traiton the evil Hoo android. Traiton is helping the Hoo of Thera to accomplish their world domination of that planet. So he wants to stop Sid and Arthur helping Lizzie. Traiton has been sent by the evil Hoo of another dimension to help their brethren. He is self determining and acts within the parameters of his programming. He can teleport, fly, communicate with his masters, has telekenisis and built in electro weapons.

Managed to write 150 words just before tea and watching Arrow part 17 (based on the plan above.)

Today's joke is:

Have you heard about the dyslexic who walked into a bra?

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

A little piece of cake

It was my wife's birthday today. Didn't write anything in Starbucks while drinking a cup of coffee, but did a code word (which I haven't done in ages.) Then, at my mother-in-laws, while eating a little piece of cake and drinking a cuppa, I wrote about 300 words of planning for SAASA. I was feeling a little bit down because I didn't know how I was going to fit the new book in with the Arth mythos. I have planned that the computer program that set the original series off becomes voracious and takes all of the stuff on my hard drive and adds that to the seven dimensions.

Have printed out another copy of TST for my oldest daughter.

Today's joke is:

What do you get if you cross a big dog with a small rodent?

A gerbil shepherd!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Rich Teas

So I've had a cup of tea and eaten some Rich Teas to wake myself up a bit so I can write my blog. I went to Starbucks today, by bicycle, to see my family who were meeting my father-in-law there. I managed to write 300 words of SAASA there. I am not planning to write 500 words a day as per usual, I am just writing when I can fit it in. I am still planning to do the three day write a book thing, but I may do it in three separate stints.

Today's joke is:

What is the saddest creature in the sea?

A blue whale!

Saturday, 24 August 2013


Today I did not do any writing. I did take my book with me but felt too tired after last night's bad sleep.

Today's joke is:

Did you hear the joke about the Emu?

It's very emu-sing!

Friday, 23 August 2013


I used to mentor people but I was mental, a mental mentor!
I used to supplement my mental mentoring with lessons from the Bible. So I was a supplemental mental mentor!"
Do I need to continue?
I also did it by stages...
So I was an incremental supplemental mental mentor.

Today I managed to write 700 words of Sid and Arthur's Steampunk Adventure. My family left me shivering in Monk's Cross Starbucks, I couldn't do much else. It means I have finished chapter one though. Now to type up some to put on Wattpad...

Today's joke is:

Why do moths have antennae?

Because they can't get cable TV!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Quantum Leap

Tried to plan a bit for SAASA and also wrote about 150 words. Need to type in at least 100 words for Wattpad. I need more of a purpose for the characters, more than just trying to fix Lizzie's mistakes. Maybe a bit like Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap.

Today's joke is:

What do you call a camel with three humps?


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

SAASA not Sasha.

Had fun today trying to put a border up for our greenhouse, bent 3 drill bits and snapped another! Wrote another 450 words of SAASA, typed 100 words in and put it on Wattpad.

Today's joke is:

What do you call a pig with no legs?

A groundhog!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013


I chopped off some branches, swept up and tried to repair the shed door in preparation for putting up the greenhouse. Also typed in 250 words of Sid and Arthur's Steampunk Adventure and made a quick cover for it then put it on Wattpad. Got the second hand camcorder we bought for £10 and transferred 4 hours of video onto DVDs. I've only been waiting 3 years to do that.

Today's joke is:

What is big, wrinkled and has horns?

An elephant marching band.

Monday, 19 August 2013


Finished my daughter's book and glued the picture to the front. Got another 5 star review today for The Sun Thief!!!

Have been thinking what I can do for the NanoWriMo. It is quite difficult because I usually write novellas of about 30,000 words. They want you to write 60,000 words. Also I cannot have started writing anything and finish it at the Nano. I have Sid and Arthur's Steampunk Adventure, Kendra and the Wolf Master and The Victoria Conspiracy to finish. (If I do write TVC then I could write the third one for the Nano.)

Today's joke is:

What smells and travels at 50 miles an hour?

A cheeter's nose!

Saturday, 17 August 2013


Glued the signatures together of my daughter's book. My grand daughter also helped me glue the cover together, she squeezed the glue out. I had to strip another piece of card for the back cover. They had no bookbinding stuff in Staples, which is where most of the people from yesterday told me to go. Got wet while cycling back and was glad of my waterproof coat. Also started work on a board game called (for now) Tourist Wars!

Today's joke is:

What does a budgie do that an elephant can't?

Take a bath in a saucer!

Friday, 16 August 2013


I wrote about 100 words of Kendra and the Wolf Master today. It seems a bit wobbly but I'll work on it. I decided that the bit I'd written before was probably more of a blurb that I would use to advertise it or put on the back cover. Also sewed the signatures of my daughter's copy of The Sun Thief together. Was going to glue them but ran out of time.Sewed one signature of my own copy.

Today's joke is:

Why did the punk rocker cross the road?

He was stapled to a chicken!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Standing Knife

The inside covers were a bit too crinkly, so I bought some proper Pritt today to hopefully solve the problem. I used a standing knife to cut out the colour picture and then glued it onto the cover.

Now, you may ask, what is a standing knife?

Well, in Britain a leading manufacturer of quality utility knives is called Stanley. A bit like the word Hoover in our culture means a vacuum cleaner. When my children were young and asked me what I was using to cut the carpet etc it got called a Standing knife. So now you know.

Today's joke is:

What terrorises fish at the bottom of the sea?

Billy the Squid!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


I cut the card out for the cover, cut the envelope for it as well then glued it all together. Found out that the spine was too big (it seems as though The Sun Thief is thinner than The Crying Pennant!) So I had to take a little bit off each edge of the spine and make sure I didn't cut through to the giant envelope I used to cover it. Used wood glue to glue the back page to the back cover, but I am not happy with the result, it looks too bumpy. So I used Pritt to stick the front page to the front cover, that also looks a bit bumpy, but we'll see what it looks like after I get it out from underneath my wife's music books.

Today's joke is:

The founder of the ODEON cinema died the other day. His funeral will be at 2.30, 6.45 and 8.00 PM!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Pray Really Hard.

All I have done today is strip a piece of board for the cover of my book. It took ages. I first got the piece of card 20 years ago from the Key cutters in Malton. It was an old sign, I was asking for scrap card to design my board games on. The interesting story about that was...

I was chatting to the fellow in the shop. These two girls came in while I was chatting to the fellow in there. When they left he said, "I don't believe it, I think they have stolen a purse!"
So, I prayed really hard that they would return with the purse.
Within 20 minutes the girls returned to the shop and paid for the purse they had stolen.
The fellow didn't believe it!

Today's joke is:

What do you call a show full of lions?

The mane event!

Monday, 12 August 2013


Put the corrected document for TST on the VAE group of Facebook. Re-submitted the corrected document to Amazon. Sewed the signatures together and glued them, half way there. Also did a bit more planning for The Theran Chronicles 2.

Today's joke is:

What do you call a thick James bond?

A Spider. (A spy-der!)

Saturday, 10 August 2013


Just had enough paper to print out a full book and the first two signatures of another. I will have to buy some more paper. I now have two full copies but one has proof reading marks in it, looks like that's my copy :) Didn't change the corrections of the main copy, I will probably have to do that on Monday now. Did get a game of Halo ODST in with my son though. I think we like Black Ops better, action wise.

Today's joke is:

What do you call a spider with no legs?

A raisin!

Friday, 9 August 2013


Managed to print out the last two signatures and proof read it all. Have corrected the documents for printing and printed the first three out. I now need to correct the main document and re-send it to Amazon!

Today's joke is:

Why are goldfish like breakfast cereals?

They both come in bowls!

Thursday, 8 August 2013


I proof read two signatures and formatted and printed two more. I have found about 20 minor errors that I didn't catch on the first couple of proof reads. I only need to finish formatting the last half a chapter and put the copyright notice into another small signature at the front. I am finding it easier to proof read the printouts as opposed to trying to do it on the PC.

Today's joke is:

How do you best hide an elephant?

Skin him!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013


I proof read the signatures I printed out yesterday at the refurbished Starbucks at Monk's Cross. Replaced the last page and put a little of the next chapter on. Formatted and printed out the third signature. I'll proof read it tomorrow. Caught a couple of small minor errors in the first signature.

Today's joke is:

What is black and white and eats like a cow?

A bull!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013


Because my new grandson was taking his time feeding today it gave me a chance to work on the map of the Fanting Fightasy book. I read through the first couple of chapters of TCP on my wife's iPad. In reality there are only five rooms at the beginning of the dungeon. A couple of other rooms are at the end of it that lead into the castle. So I am going to link the beginning to the end with as yet unrealised encounters and rooms!

Printed out the first two signatures of TST but made a page error in the second one. Once corrected I will have 1/3 rd of the book printed out.

Today's joke is:

What's black and white and eats like a horse?

A zebra!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Read through

I need to read through The Crying Pennant again so that I can come up with more places/encounters for the Fanting Fightasy book. I was thinking of 40 different places/encounters so that I could make it into a free give-away book to advertise the Arth series. Looked at a proper fighting fantasy book and have seen that there are 400 entries!!!

Got another 5 star review for The Sun Thief!!!!

Another grandson born today!!!!!

Today's joke is:

What do you call a snake on a construction site?

A boa constructor!

Saturday, 3 August 2013


This is what I've typed in so far today.

"Aww, this is stupid," moaned Sid the dwarf from The Crying Pennant.
"I know," agreed King Arthur, battle chieftain of the Britons, "it's been done before."
"Fighting Fantasy books."
"Earlier, Tunnels and Trolls."
"Earlier than that, 'Choose Your Own Path' adventures. The Author used to read them when he was 11!"
"Come on you two," I admonished them, "get started on this adventure."

So, mysteriously, both Sid and Arthur...

"Hang on Author," interrupted Sid before I could continue, "are we both going to be in this, what did you call it, Fanting Fightasy book?"
"Yes, why not?"
"Well, because won't the reader/player be able to empathise more with one character? You know, you say something like, 'As you walk down the passage an axe falls on your head and you die."
"Don't remind me of one of my first D&D arguments," shook headed I. I thought for a bit, "Well I want you two in it so what do I do?"
"We could be in the party and the reader could join us!" thought Arthur.
"Ok, we'll see how that goes."

So, again, mysteriously, both Sid and Arthur were transported to a green lacquered, metal studded, warped and flea bitten oak door. The reader also appeared there whom I will now describe as you!
"Hello you," greeted Sid the dwarf.
"Er, hello dwarf," you said.
"Sid the dwarf," said Sid, "but don't keep saying 'Sid the dwarf' because that gets a little annoying. Just call me Sid."

Friday, 2 August 2013

Fanting Fightasy

Managed to write 150 words of Sid and Arthur's Steampunk Adventure today. Have also started a Fanting fightasy book with Sid and Arthur and you in it. Did about 300 words of that. It's funny so far :)

Today's joke is:

What do you call a bee in a bun?

A hum-burger!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Blog a blog blog

I am having to blog on my wife's iPad because my son is on my PC. Reformatted my hard drive yesterday because I was having problems with spyware. Managed to get the sound driver downloaded and installed. Found the document The Metal Man and added one word to it! Yay I wrote one word today!

Today's joke is:

What's black and white and eats like a horse?

A zebra!