Quarter of a million words?


At the end of May, I compiled a list of all the work I had done in the year so far, including dates and words counts and I was staggered by the result.

In total, counting my ghostwriting work AND any progress on my ‘Angels’ trilogy, I’d written 225,000 real words! And most of them were the in right order too!

I did say most :D

quarter million speedo nearly

It was probably higher, considering all the plot discussions and editing work, but who has time to word-count their emails?

Not me.

So I stuck to ‘words written as stories’ instead.

I’ve never been a NaNo person, believing that the result does not justify the means.

However, when I consider that in five months, I’ve averaged 45k per month, not far short of the target 50k enjoyed by NaNo participants, I took another look.

Maybe, this year, i could give it a try.

So, I got to thinking, 225,000 is not far away from 250,000, which is quarter of a million. What a target! I still have a lot of project work, so to keep myself writing would not be a problem. Would it be possible, then, reach the magic quarter million by the middle of the year (20th June)?

It has to be taken into consideration that I have a great many other things going on in my life at the moment, including recuperation from knee surgery. Still, who isn’t crazy-busy these days?

It’s looking good so far, with 234k under my belt at the time of writing.

I’m going for it.

I’m gonna do it if I have to make my fingers bleed.

Watch this space.

Now, I must get back to my (red hot & smoking) keyboard and:

acern270ginger write on

Summer Beach Read Extravaganza!

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From June 21st until July 21st Candace, Sonya and Andrew are coming together to bring you three amazing books, plus priority shipping in the USA for one low price of $45!


img3For that price you get three signed books and bookmarks, and your name instantly added to the weekly giveaway drawing each Monday.

There’s some pretty awesome stuff up for grabs each week as giveaways get unlocked.

Quantities are limited – Only 14 bundles available!

Here’s how it will work:

Week #1 June 21st – June 27th

3 total sales unlocks the first giveaway of a $10 Amazon egift card! Purchasers names will be entered in a list randomizer, selected and announced Monday June 29th.

Week #2 June 28th – July 4th

6 total sales unlocks the second giveaway of a UtopYa swag bag full of goodies! All purchaser names will be entered in a list randomizer, selected and announced Monday July 5th.

Week #3 July 5th – July 11th

9 total sales unlocks the third giveaway of a $25 Bath and Bodyworks egift card! All purchaser names will be entered in a list randomizer, selected and announced Monday July 13th.

Week #4 July 12th – July 21st

14 total sales unlocks the fourth giveaway of a Kindle Paperwhite! All purchaser names will be entered in a list randomizer, selected and announced July 22nd.


Don’t forget to check in with the Candace, Sonya and Andrew. You might find a random giveaway or two during this month long Summer Beach Read Extravaganza!

**Already have Everlasting or The Summer I Fell? You can switch them out with other works of that series. Contact either Candace or Sonya for more information.

Thanks for stopping in, we hope you take advantage of this amazing offer!


Aiming BIG!

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With a little encouragement from a friend, I’ve written and submitted a short play to the BBC’s ‘Opening Lines‘ submissions competition.

Pitching between 1900 and 2000 words in mainly monologue format, it was an interesting challenge and a departure from my previous work.

Some of last year’s winning submissions can be read on-line here. They range from interesting to slightly disturbing.The format is condensed prose, almost poetic in its intensity.

My entry, which details an Army veteran’s fight back from depression, hits the spot at exactly 1950 words. The veteran’s carer encourages him to write about the circumstances of his debilitating injury, something which leads him out of the darkness.

Fingers crossed that it’s well received, although I’ll have no idea if I’ll be a hero or a zero until May 15th.

Wish me luck?

In the meantime, I continue to

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Finally making it pay?

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not much money

The month of December represents a landmark date in my writing career. Previously, I’ve ploughed any income from my writing (not very much, it has to be said) into clearing the debts that cloud my conscience and concentration.

No-one likes having debts hanging over them, right? Get rid as soon as possible is the plan.

Was the plan…

My little arrangement was working well, until the end of October, when everything changed.

For the past two months, I’ve been stuck at home, resting my injured knee. Despite performing home-based duties during this time, my employer has decided the time had come to cut my pay, leaving me desperately short of funds.

Enter my emergency writing fund slash advertising back-up slash paperback purchasing pot. It wasn’t a great deal of notes, but it plugged a very real hole in my cashflow. This is the first time I’ve had to use my hobby slash future career (fingers crossed) as a crutch and you know what? It feels great to have it there as a fall-back.

Maybe one day, hopefuly sooner rather than later, my earnings as a writer might be there to support me full-time. But for now, I’m grateful for the gift that allows me to create something from nothing, something from my imagination, something that people are willing to buy from me.

And that is why I continue to:

acern270ginger write on

Paperbacks galore!


Voa Paperbacks

The first complete copies of A Vengeance of Angels have arrived in the UK, courtesy of Amazon CreateSpace, drawing a neat line under the story and declaring it to be completed.

My first book suffered from a case of couldn’t-leave-it-alone-itis. However, with some thanks to the timetable set by my editor, the second book will not suffer this fate.

With ‘Vengeance’ in print, I am content to leave it alone – barring the surfacing of any undiscovered typos, of course.

So now, I am determined to crack on with the third book in the trilogy and:

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Christmas special offer for U.S.A. and Canada.

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Signed copies now available to US and Canadian residents.

***bonus perk***

Buy A Construct of Angels, get an eCopy of A Vengeance of Angels free!

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In an odd turn of events, I find myself incapacitated and stuck at home, exactly fifteen years after a similar event kick-started my writing.

Those who know my story might remember that a week-long illness gave me the time I needed to collate all my scattered notes onto my first-ever laptop. This was the start of my first ‘real’ writing project, the still-to-be-completed ‘Homeworld.’ (I will complete this one day, when I’ve cleared a few other projects.)

Now, after eight weeks immobilised, resting my crocked leg, my Muse crept up behind me, placed her hands over my eyes and whispered: “I have a great idea. Wanna hear it?”

And so she delivered an entire story, possibly an 80k novel, into my shell-like ear. I’m 99.8% certain (in life, there’s always room for a little doubt) the idea would never have come to me if I’d been working.

I’m optimistic that this new story has legs and will come together pretty quickly. It’s a quiet little British adventure story (provisionally titled ‘Pink Camper Van’) that made me smile as it unfolded. At the time of posting, I’ve already written 2,000 words, and I have a firm conclusion in mind, meaning this particular tale won’t end up as one of my infamous neverending stories.

As they say, watch this space. And as Monty Python might add: ‘And now for something completely different.’


acern270ginger write on

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