Night God Bless: Tales from the 2nd Arlandrian Civil War

As I mentioned in my last blog, I was planning a series of flash fiction posts which have now turned into a sequential short story in the form of the above title. The story follows Daniel Darke, a layabout who lives a cushy life thanks to gun running operations for the local mafia. His world is turned upside down by a political conflict that boiled over into a full-blown civil war, and both sides are willing to shoot first and ask questions later.

Along the way, he meets a number of interesting characters who change him from the man he once was into someone who people aren’t so quick to judge, and finds that certain things about himself and his former life were not as set in stone as he believed. It’s a story about war, politics, loyalty and friendship. I hope you enjoy it.

As explained on the series homepage, it will be updated weekly, without fail. Unless something ridiculous happens, in which case I’ll let you know. Tomorrow is ‘Point-01’, and the password will be ‘MISTAKES’. The cipher explained on the homepage applies. Please do leave a comment and let me know what you think of it, either on my Facebook page, my Twitter or on my WordPress account.

And don’t worry, I’m still working on Hikari’s Coma; Night God Bless is in essence an online story for you to follow, and has a pretty short turn-around time. I’ll also be releasing polls every now and again so you can let me know, who you like, who you don’t and what you’d like to see happen.



Hey guys, just thought I’d alert you to some things I’m going to be working on as of the rest of this year.

First up, I’m going to be polishing off the ending to Hikari’s Coma, getting a final cover sorted out (almost there) and publishing it as an eBook. I’ve had some good feedback so far, and the length means editing won’t take as long as usual. I’m really confident about this book and I have a feeling that with the right marketing and stuff it will do pretty well for a self-published debut.

Second, I’m going to be working on a new story starring the hacker Kelly Kaptur from Hikari’s Coma. I don’t have a working title yet (this is weird for me, honestly) but I have the plot drawn out in considerable detail and the characters planned out. Seeing as this is going to be my NaNoWriMo November challenge, I think by the time I get around to actually writing it, I’ll already have everything set in place. All that will need to follow is the words. And my timekeeping.

Other than that, I’m going to work on Industrial Espionage as and when I can. As it is the first in the trilogy that forms the initial core of my series, it has a lot of characters, a number of simultaneous events and a complex plot, which means that I’m naturally going to spend a lot more time on it. I don’t want to rush it out for the sake of rushing it out, so it will be delayed, but these delays mean that it’s going to be better when I do finally get around to publishing it. And, hopefully with my light novels already out there, I’ll have an even bigger readership looking forward to it.

I’ll also be doing a lot of blogging relating to my radio work, my writing processes, my personal life and my aspirations so hopefully these little tidbits about who I am and what I get up to will give you an interesting insight into the mind of a twentysomething writer. Thanks for keeping up guys, I have planned out a little flash fiction set in-universe, so look forward to that soon!

Personal Blog #3

Hey guys, sorry for my sudden and unexplained disappearance! I am back and I’m still around, but my life has become very busy of late.

As of the 5th of August 2013, I am officially employed. It’s only minimum wage, but I’m working at my local community radio station (BCB 106.6 fm) kicking ass (metaphorically), taking names (when I occasionally have to man the front desk) and making messes (when I forget to wash up my cups of tea).

Also, as of tonight, I had my first ever pre-recorded feature broadcast on a live show. That live show being the prime-time drive-home show (incidentally called ‘Drive’). I didn’t listen to it because I hate the sound of my own voice, but Fran who presents Drive on a Wednesday complimented me on it and Will, my fellow intern and general dude, said it sounded as professional as a national radio broadcast. So I guess it went okay.

I’m planning out a show as a little project on the side; it’s going to be a radio show that looks at fandoms, anime, video games and so on, while playing some sweet tunes and maybe even having the occasional interview if I can manage to arrange it. The way my boss put it was really good, she just asked me, “What would you want to hear on the radio?” That was one of my interview questions and my response was immediately, “Songs and compositions from Japanese animation and probably video games as well. Something… geeky, for lack of a better term.”

So that’s what I’ve been up to. Writing wise, I’ve been working on Hikari’s Coma still. I’ve almost finished the book (I’m onto either the penultimate or last chapter) and I’ve sketched out some ideas for improved cover artwork (as much as I like the artsy minimalist cover it’s not really suitable for the genre). I’m planning on getting back into Industrial Espionage once I’ve prepared HC for proofing, and I cannot tell you how much planning for other things I’ve been doing. A certain side character from Hikari’s Coma has a story to be told (or maybe a few) with a slight nod to classic SF Neuromancer as well as modern crime fiction and some slightly Dan-Brown-esque conspiracy stuff.

All in all, I have plenty of irons in the fire to be going along with, and I will do my best to keep you in the loop. Thanks for sticking by me guys, I appreciate it every day.

Camp NaNoWriMo: Completed!

Hey everyone,

As you may have seen on my Facebook page, as of 10:25 am this morning (while attending to other business no less), I used a spare 15 minutes to reach my word count goal for Hikari’s Coma. So that’s it! I’m done!

Just kidding. I’m actually not finished with the story. I continued writing this afternoon and well into the evening, and I’m at a current count of 52,116 and still going. But the fact that I’ve reached that goal that seemed insurmountable most of the way through takes so much stress off of my shoulders. I’m also just really really excited that I will have something to share with you soon, even if it’s not a particularly long book, it’s a book. It’s going to be self-published, so it’s not like I have to convince any agents or any publishing companies to do it either. A bit of editing here, a bit of cover art there, and there you’ll have it in all its digital finery. Keep posted and I’ll let you know how the process is coming along.

I’ll upload a few more extracts to the Hikari’s Coma section to whet your appetite for this writing project, so please check them out and let me know what you think!

Thanks for all your support along the way, it’s been absolutely awesome, seriously.