“The odd uneven time”

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August was vacation month for my wife and me. We spent three weeks back in the UK, visiting family, Cardiff, and London. We normally go back at Christmas so this was the first time we’d been back in the summer for something like seven years. Of course, the weather didn’t cooperate. It didn’t rain all the time, there were some very sunny days, but as the photos show, it was fairly grey for our trip to London. We had a good time though. I’ll probably post more photos from the trip (including a visit to The Doctor Who Experience) in future. There was writing, of course. Total word count for August was 17,038 which is the lowest word count since March. Most of that time was spent on random scenes for a possible urban fantasy series. They were a lot of fun and I may well try writing a novella to see how it goes. I did finish a new short story that I wrote specifically for a very cool anthology. I submitted it a couple of days ago so now I have my fingers and toes crossed that the editor likes it. Time will tell. Talking of short stories… my … Read More

London, August 2017

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“then molecules were everywhere”

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The Doubleclicks have appeared here several times but they have a new album out and the video for this track is excellent so here we go… Big Bang is from Love Problems and you can buy or listen to it on Bandcamp. [“then molecules were everywhere” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 30th August 2017]

Zombie Novel Three, Draft One, Complete

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July was a good writing month – 34,092 words in total, mostly on the third novel in the zombie series. That’s slightly less productive than June but it’s entirely down to the fact that I spent most of the month revising rather than writing new words. More important than the raw word count, I completed the first draft. I read through the entirety of the first, “zero”, draft and fixed the structural and continuity errors (and tweaked a lot of the sentence and word level stuff as well). Before After This is the part of the writing process  that I a) like the least and b) find the most difficult. It’s a relief to get that draft zero cleaned up. Even better, it seems like a good book. There’s still at least two more drafts to go before I send it off to my editor, but those are more about refining the book rather than ripping out chunks and replacing them. I did write the first draft of a new story, tentatively called The Last Soul Diver. My process for this one was a bit different – I dictated it using Dragon Dictate. It’s the first time I’ve used dictation … Read More

All good things must come to an end

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It’s been a good run but like the string of white male Doctors, it’s time for the Leah King introductory offer to end. I’ll be increasing the price of the collection tomorrow and I’m not planning on discounting so heavily again, so if you’d like to pick up all three books for 99c/99p, now is your last chance.   Click Here to Buy The Leah King Trilogy for 99c/99p [All good things must come to an end by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 16th July 2017]

“I know well that the June rains just fall”

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Not a lot of rain in Vancouver at the moment (bizarrely) but it’s time for my June update anyway. First up, writing. Most of the time was spent working on the latest zombie novel and I had a fantastic month. Total word count was 40,682 which is definitely the most successful month I’ve had so far this year and probably one of the best months since I started tracking (I need to go back and get my monthly data organised to check that). I finished draft zero of the novel a couple of days ago. Still plenty of work to do on it, but I’m very happy with how things are so far. I also outlined a new novella I’ll be writing in August. I’m really excited about this one so I’m keen to get the zombie novel out of the way so that I can start on it. The end of June also marks the fourth year of my writing streak. I’ve written fiction every single day for over 1,460 days. Now, writing every day certainly isn’t essential in order to be a successful writer, but it creating a writing habit can help a lot. My writing productivity has definitely … Read More

Beyond Expectations

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Back on June 14th I launched the box set of all three of my Leah King books (The Girl in the City, The Girl in the Wilderness, and The Girl in the Machine). I had modest expectations for the collection – the books have been around for a while and although they do pick up a few sales it’s not a “hot” genre. Still, I set up a few adverts and let my newsletter know it was coming out. Two and a half weeks later and I’m stunned. The box set has already sold twice as many copies as my previous best selling title (Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet) and far exceeded the sales of the individual volumes. It’s been sitting in the top 20 Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction charts along with titles like The Hunger Games and Divergent. It even made it to the top slot in the dystopian science fiction hot release chart (once James Patterson had got out of the way. In a way it makes sense – I’m selling over 500 pages of dystopian fiction for 99c – but still, there are literally millions of books out there people could be buying and I’m … Read More

Did I Mention I Run Marathons?

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