Normal Service is Resumed

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That’s more like it – my monthly update is back to being a couple of weeks late. In my defence, I had a race last weekend and a cold has been interfering with my ability to string coherent thoughts together this week. Yes, that leaves a week or so unaccounted for but hey, I’m here and that’s all that matters. April was the month when I finally got back to writing new words – just about. The first twenty eight days were spent revising the second book in my zombie series and the short story collection I’m putting together. It’s an odd feeling, going back over old short stories but I’m happy with how they’ve turned out. The book is now with my editor and I’ve commissioned the cover so it should be good to go out to my newsletter subscribers in a couple of months and on to Amazon shortly after that. But, on April 29th, I kicked off the fourth book in the zombie series. I have a good outline and the joy of getting back to writing new words unleashed a torrent of productivity and I wrote 4,244 words that day. That was the most words I’d written since 27th October … Read More

Breaking 2

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On Friday, my wife and I stayed up late to watch Nike’s attempt to break the 2 hour barrier for the marathon. It was an exciting couple of hours and although the attempt ultimately “failed” I found the whole thing very inspiring, especially going into race weekend for the Vancouver Marathon. Internet reaction to the attempt was (unsurprisingly) mixed, and I was going to post my thoughts but fellow speculative fiction author, Bill Dowis, summed up how I feel much more succinctly so I’m just going to point you here – http://www.billdowis.com/2017/05/08/breaking2-was-not-about-running-a-marathon/.   Out Now [Breaking 2 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 8th May 2017]

New Words

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Yesterday, I finally started working on a new book. Pretty much the entire year has been spent on revisions for the first three books in the zombie series I’m releasing later this year and my short story collection. I broke 4,000 words for the day. I didn’t realise until today that I haven’t written that much in a single day since October 27th, 2014. What a slacker. I’m hoping to break the 4,000 word mark today as well so I’m going to head back into the myth lab and see what I can come up with. I’ll be sending that short story collection to all of my newsletter subscribers once it’s complete so if you sign up now, you’ll get four free ebooks, plus the new collection later this year. CLICK HERE to get started. [New Words by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 30th April 2017]

Belladonna of Sadness

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Finally, Alexandra Savior’s debut album, Belladonna of Sadness, is out. That is all. Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [Belladonna of Sadness by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 15th April 2017]

“Flying like a lost crow”

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I’ve forgotten where I found this video but I love the animation and the simplicity of the song by Mike Doughty. It’s from his album- The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I love the title and it’s next up on my Apple Music playlist. Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [“Flying like a lost crow” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 12th April 2017]

Not An April Fool

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No, this isn’t a trick. I really am posting my monthly update on the first of the month. It wasn’t a particularly thrilling month as far as writing goes. I spent the whole month revising novels and short stories so my total count was a feeble 5,312 words. I haven’t checked but I suspect this is the least productive month I’ve had since I began my writing streak 1,372 days ago. I did squeeze in some outlining of the next zombie novel in there, plus a few paragraphs for an Urban Fantasy series I’m planning that I would love to be working on instead of all this revision. Most of the revisions were on the first two books in the zombie series, but I’ve also started compiling a collection of my short fiction. Which I guess is a sort of announcement (although if you’re on my mailing list you’ll already know about that). At the moment it looks like there’ll be about 22 stories and 85,000-ish words. There’s one more story I’m considering that would bump it closer to 100,000 but I’m undecided on that one. No title for the collection yet, but there’s three possibilities in the running at the moment. … Read More

Two Nights in New Orleans – A Snippet

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I’m currently revising some of my short stories for a collection I’ll be releasing later this year, and I thought I’d post some unedited snippets here. This is from Two Nights in New Orleans, a story that was originally published in a magazine produced by the British Fantasy Society… Two Nights in New Orleans Annabel held her breath, “Are you a vampire?” The man stared at Annabel, the smile returning to his lips. This time she managed to hold his gaze. The world around her faded to nothing and Annabel thought they might sit there all night, but after a few seconds he looked away, out across the stone sea of the cemetery. Belinda shifted position, rearranged the black lace of her new dress and leant back against the tomb, “So what’s your name?” “Ah. That’s an interesting question.” Belinda looked unimpressed, “Is it?” “What do you think my name should be?” Annabel shook her head, “I’ve no idea.” “Go on, indulge me. Christen me.” Annabel looked at him for a moment before latching onto a name, “Simon.” “Really? I look like a Simon? Well I can’t say I’ve ever been called Simon.” “You look like a Versailles to me,” said … Read More

“Dress me like the front of a casino”

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I’m pretty sure the last music video I posted was Alexandra Savior, but Mirage has been on regular rotation on my playlist since it was released and I make no apologies for posting another one. I’m still looking forward to hearing the full album, Belladonna of Sadness, once it’s finally released. Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [“Dress me like the front of a casino” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 22nd March 2017]

Last Call

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Today is the last day to get all three books in the Leah King Trilogy for 99c each. The Girl in the City is always 99c, but tomorrow The Girl in the Wilderness and The Girl in the Machine will be going back to their normal price of $2.99. So, save yourself four bucks and pick them up today. Of course, you can also read all three books completely free on Kindle Unlimited. With the oppressive Transport Authority controlling every aspect of their existence, Leah and her father do what they can to carve out a good life for themselves. Leah spends her nights scavenging, risking capture as she hunts for salvage her father can trade for food and clothing. When Leah takes a bag of salvage from a dying stranger, she and her father are plunged into the world of Transport and its war against the terrorist organization, TRACE. As Transport closes in, Leah will need to decide who can she trust, and how far she’s prepared to go so save her father’s life. Get All Three Leah King Books for Just 99c Each The Girl in the City The Girl in the Wilderness The Girl in the Machine Sign … Read More

F is for February (and Flu)

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It’s probably ironic or something that the first year I get a flu shot is also the first year I get the flu (although I may have had it 25 or so years ago, maybe). I don’t think those two things are related – the shot was months ago and isn’t 100% effective. It is something that makes me smile though. It’s a bitter smile, but a smile nonetheless. I’m just entering my third week of being ill. I’m past the sweating, fevering, coughing up bits of odd coloured gunk stage and into the annoying cough with a mild headache and bunged up ears stage that shows no sign of letting up. It’s no longer enough to stop me functioning at something close to my normal levels (such as they are) but it’s annoying. How anyone puts up with long term illness I have no idea. I was going stir crazy within a couple of days. The first thing being ill did was completely derail my writing plans. I kept up my writing streak but that was about it. I was planning on revising Zombie Book 2 and then starting Zombie Book 3. I did the revisions, very slowly, and a bit of … Read More