February 23, 2017 in Dag

All this making stuff up takes a lot of research

Last week, I briefly mentioned the new novel I am starting to plan. I described how it was going to be a fantasy, comedy, romance, satire, adventure, with a dash of crime and horror thrown in (if you’ll recall, the subject of last week’s post was how one genre is never enough for me).

So having got that out of my system, it’s time to get started. And how does any writer worth their salt get started? I can answer that question in one word: research.

February 16, 2017 in Dag

When one genre just isn’t enough

I’m a big fan of genre. I understand how useful it is.

Without genre, how much harder would it be to talk about books? Imagine describing a fantasy book without the idea of a fantasy genre. You’d have to babble on about an imaginary world and strange, fairy-tale type characters and lots of magic. Half the people wouldn’t have a clue what you were talking about.

February 9, 2017 in Dag

If the universe is a simulation, I think I might be a bug in the system

There’s some pretty odd stuff happening out in the world of physics.

You know the stuff I’m talking about. Quantum mechanics. Waves are really particles and particles are really waves. And time doesn’t work anywhere like the way we think it does. Basically, everything our senses perceive about reality is utterly wrong.

February 2, 2017 in Dag

New release – Through the Flame

A have to begin this post with a big apology. For the last two weeks, you have heard nothing from me. This feels like a terrible lapse. Since I began my blog back in 2011, I don’t think I have ever skipped two weeks. As someone who is more than a little on the anal retentive side, I do feel terribly guilty about it. I do think I have a reasonable excuse though. Partly, it’s because I’ve been away with the family. Partly, it’s because unfortunately the year has not begun in the way I’d hoped and I’m currently managing a few issues. I may say more when things are resolved.

But now that I am back, I do have a grand announcement to make!

January 12, 2017 in Dag

Getting it right, and then getting it right, and then getting it right again

I’m a ¬†perfectionist. I’ve always been a perfectionist. Getting things 100% right is a really important thing for me. So important I’m always prepared to go the extra mile. So important it’s often a cause of significant hours of lost sleep.

As a writer, being a perfectionist is both a virtue and a curse. It’s a virtue because it means I’m only prepared to put my stories out into the world when I’m totally convinced they’re as good as they can possibly be. It’s a curse for pretty much the same reason.