On the Wings of a Broken Mechanical Dove

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Without really planning to, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from the internet. I’ve been mostly ignoring social media, and completely ignoring the blog. In fact, I’ve barely used my PC beyond my daily writing. There’s a bunch of reasons but mostly it was about dialling back on the dumpster-fire that is the news and prioritising other things. (If we’re connected on Xbox Live you’ll have noticed quite a bit of game playing). I also had some technical difficulties with the website and my Solitary Mindset email. To cut a long story short, I got fed up with HostGator’s appalling stability and complete inability to explain what was going on or even provide a timeline for a fix. I moved the domain to a new provider (NameCheap) and got the site back up quite quickly but HostGator’s lousy service bit me one more time and the domain name transfer was stuck in tech support limbo for a few days which broke email. Everything’s hooked back up now so if you sent me an email at solitarymindset.com and didn’t get a reply you should probably send it again. Sorry. I do have some blog posts planned (including thoughts on … Read More

And We’re Back

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The site has been moved to its new hosting company now which should solve the downtime issues I’ve been having. Hopefully all the links etc. are working but if you see any problems, please let me know.  

Technical Difficulties

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My site has been running into a lot of issues this year. There’s a problem with the server hardware that means the site disappears randomly for 10-15 minutes. It’s usually fairly short but it’s happened over 70 times so far this year and my patience has run out. The tech support from my ISP left a lot to be desired. There’s no timeline for the problem being fixed and they weren’t the slightest bit bothered by the fact I was going to look for a new provider. Not even any crocodile tears. Or alligator tears. So, I have a new provider and I’m working on moving the site across. I wanted to do a site redesign at the same time but given the reliability issues are ongoing that will have to come later. The switch does mean the site will vanish completely at some point over the next few weeks. Hopefully, the downtime won’t last long, but if you head by and there’s no site it’ll be back in a day or two.    

Farewell, 2017

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So that was 2017. What a year. The world continues to try to tear itself apart – insane weather, mass shootings, racism, and sexual assault dominate the news, and avoiding or at least reducing time spent on social media is increasingly becoming a critical coping mechanism for many people. Whatever slice of humanity you align yourself with, it’s hard not to feel that things are getting worse – for whatever definition of getting worse fits for you. At least a world filled with self-driving cars seems to quickly becoming a reality. I like the idea of self-driving cars. Hopefully they’ll make it to Vancouver before the city grinds to a halt under the weight of all the traffic. All that bleakness makes it hard to write, but despite the turmoil I’ve had a pretty good year. On the writing side, I got down a healthy 256,032 words. That’s a bit less than 2016 (282,441 words) and even further away from the 300,000 words I set as a goal. I’m still happy with that, though. I did a lot of editing which really lowers the daily word count. I missed some other goals, too. I’d planned to launch eight books but only managed … Read More

Thank You

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As we welcome in 2018, I’d just like to take a moment to thank you for your continued support. 2017 was a banner year for my writing. I wrapped up the Leah King Trilogy, launched the first four books of the Serial Killer Z series, and appeared in four different anthologies alongside some amazing writers. But none of that would mean anything if it wasn’t for my readers. So, to everyone who has read, reviewed, emailed, blogged about, shared, or supported my writing in any way, thank you. You’re the reason I sit in a darkened room for hours upon end, trying to find the right order for the right words to tell the movies in my head. Best wishes and a Happy New Year. [Thank You by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 1st January 2018]

Not A Black Friday Sale

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It’s sale time! To celebrate the launch of the third book in the Serial Killer Z series, Shadows, I’m running a sale on most of my books. These prices only run until December 12th so if you’ve got gaps in your collection, now is the time to pick them up. After all, no one wants gaps in their collection! Glitch Mitchell Action Packed Science Fiction Adventure Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet Normally $3.99 Sale Price $0.99 Amazon Kobo iTunes Nook The Leah King Trilogy Dystopian Science Fiction Complete Collection Normally $4.99 Sale Price $2.99 Amazon The Girl in the City Only $0.99 Amazon The Girl in the Wilderness Normally $2.99 Sale Price $0.99 Amazon The Girl in the Machine Normally $2.99 Sale Price $0.99 Amazon Serial Killer Z Dark Zombie Horror Serial Killer Z: Infection (Prequel) Free Download Serial Killer Z Normally $2.99 Sale Price $0.99 Amazon Serial Killer Z: Sanctuary Normally $2.99 Sale Price $0.99 Amazon Serial Killer Z: Shadows Normally $2.99 Sale Price $0.99 Amazon [Not a Black Friday Sale by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 10th December 2017]

Zombie Q&A: Adrienne Lecter

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The third Serial Killer Z book, Shadows, came out a few days ago so I think it’s time for another interview. This time I’m talking to Adrienne Lecter, author of the Green Fields Series. Welcome, why don’t you start by introducing yourself… Hi, I’m Adrienne, and I love to write realistic, fast-paced, gory zombie horror books! I’m 34, I have a background in science that makes me freak out way more about what I write than any of my readers, and occasionally shoot guns at the range. Because who wouldn’t want to? Tell us about your book… My Green Fields series has been around for two years now across seven books (with a few more to come to pacify my mobs of blood-thirsty fans!). If you like your outbreak to come with a bit more of a scientific explanation, a world full of conspiracies, and a kickass female lead, you will love it! What inspired to write your zombie book/series? I had a biotech thriller that I couldn’t for the life of me come up with a sequel to. So I figured, why not escalate things and watch the world burn? Why do you write about zombies? Because they exist … Read More

Out Now – Serial Killer Z: Shadows

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Looking for some fresh zombie action? Fan of serial killers (fictional or otherwise)? Read the first two Serial Killer Z books? Then I’ve got great news for you. The third book in my new series, Serial Killer Z: Shadows, is out now on Amazon Kindle. For a limited time, all of the Serial Killer Z books are discounted to 99c/99p or the equivalent in your country. Serial Killer Z Serial Killer Z: Sanctuary Serial Killer Z: Shadows Save yourself a few by picking them up now. Also for a limited time, I’m giving away the prequel to the series, Serial Killer Z: Infection. To get your copy, just sign up to my mailing list by clicking here. Secrets are never forgotten Marcus Black is a killer. He hides behind a mask of humanity, preying on the living and the dead to feed the shadow that lives within him. When the outbreak began he fled to the mountains, but someone out there knows his true identity, and they’ve summoned him back to the city. Now the shadow is missing, and without it, he’s lost. Returning home, Marcus finds the city has changed. The military run brutal work camps while the rich throw parties. … Read More