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Oct.04.2011
I'm pleased to report that Hal Junior: The Secret Signal is now available. This is my first childrens' book, and getting it ready on time was one of the most demanding things I've ever done. I'm talking 18+ hour days for several weeks on end. It was worth it though: there are already a bunch of...
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Mar.01.2011
Just a quick update - My publisher has kindly allowed me to sell Hal Spacejock ebooks and signed copies via my website. The ebooks are 4.99 each (mobi, epub and txt format included) or 15.99 for all four. When your payment goes through the ebooks are automatically emailed to you as attachments...
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May.03.2010
I ordered a Kindle from Amazon recently, using a bit of store credit and a bit of my own hard-earned. I've been tempted by the Sony Reader in the past but there have been so many different models and revisions I never knew which to look for. Sometimes you can have too much choice. First things...
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Dec.28.2009
I'm aiming to finish Hal 5, natch. I've been working on other projects for two months now, mostly programming ones, but I'm beginning to feel the pull of the WIP once more. To say I've missed a deadline is an understatement, but I have to write my novels a certain way. First, I get a rough draft...
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May.23.2009
Not sure whether you've seen my article on How to plot a novel, but there's a tantilising pic of a completed outline where the font is just too small to read. I keep getting emails from people asking me to make the pic bigger so they can read the text, or to provide the Freemind outline it...
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May.14.2009
I posted a version of this to the yWriter 5 group earlier today, but realised it might be useful to others outside that list. I've been working extra hard on my novel for the past week or so, and after much editing and re-editing I suddenly realised that working on dozens of scenes with 1500-3000...
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May.09.2009
Great news for the Hal Spacejock series ... the 2009 Ditmar Awards ballot has just been announced, and Hal Spacejock No Free Lunch (Book 4) is a finalist in the Best Novel category. Last month Hal Spacejock No Free Lunch took out the WA Science Fiction Foundation 'Tin Duck' award for best SF/F/H...
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May.06.2009
I love that moment where you've been working on a novel for months, you've written two thirds of the draft, and you suddenly get a flash of inspiration which allows you to greatly improve a sub-par subplot. Not only that, you also manage to tie it firmly to the main plot AND foreshadow upcoming...
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Apr.27.2009
I've been twittering lately, hence the lack of blog posts.   First bit of news: an award! Hal Spacejock No Free Lunch won the WASFF 'Tin Duck' award for best professional long work at Swancon last weekend. This is the second WASFF award in a row for the series, after Hal Spacejock Just...
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Mar.25.2009
These days, mostly on Twitter: http://twitter.com/spacejock Brevity and random scattered thoughts suit the way my brain works.
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Mar.22.2009
JA Konrath is currently on a blog tour, posting on different sites every day in March to promote the release of Afraid, a horror novel he wrote under the name Jack Kilborn. I put my hand up to participate in the blog tour, and when it came to the topic I said 'give me something on ebooks'. Here's...
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Mar.13.2009
Pinched from Chris Dolley's blog because I'm up to my elbows in floor tile adhesive... FlyCon – the worldwide online SF/F con – starts today at midnight (Australia, EST) and 9am (US Eastern Time) and finishes at 5pm Monday in Australia and around midnight the day before in San Francisco. Panels...
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Mar.08.2009
Last year my publisher released Hal Spacejock book one as a free ebook, and we've seen just over 50,000 downloads to date. As of today the rest of the series is available in DRM-free ebook format at a super-low price of A$5 each. (Approx US$3.50) That means you can grab the entire series for A$...
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Feb.03.2009
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Jan.30.2009
Five books into the series and it's finally time for a Hal Spacejock novel with flashback scenes. I wrote a sequence of flashback scenes for this novel during NanoWrimo 2007, but until five minutes ago I didn't think I'd be using them. Now I've changed my mind. (Until I decide not to use them again...
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