Out Now – The Leah King Trilogy

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It’s launch day! I’ve created a box set of all three of my Leah King ebooks (The Girl in the City, The Girl in the Wilderness, and The Girl in the Machine). Yes, they don’t really come in a box but you know what I mean. I tried to up the stakes and the action with each successive book, and I’m very pleased with how the trilogy turned out. More importantly, readers seem to agree. Feedback on all three books has been excellent. The normal price for the set will be $5.99 but for a short time I’m offering the complete set for the ridiculous price of 99c/99p. That’s over 500 pages of dystopian cyberpunky science fiction goodness for less than a dollar/pound/whatever the equivalent is in your country. Or to put it another way, about $6 less than the books cost individually. So, if you haven’t read any of these, or you’ve read the first one or two, now is the time to pick it up. You can get your copy from Amazon right now by clicking HERE. With the oppressive Transport Authority controlling every aspect of their existence, Leah and her father do what they can to carve out a … Read More

The Ides of May

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No, that title doesn’t make sense. So, May wrapped up a few days ago, so it must be time for a quick progress update. First up, writing. The entire month was spent working on the fourth of my zombie books. I wrote 27,411 words and it felt good. I love writing first drafts. The editing process is slow and painful for me and I spent a lot of time editing the previous books in the series this year so it’s been good to just sit down and blast through the story. I haven’t got summaries to compare word count from previous years but May was definitely my most productive month of 2017. So far. June is already shaping up to be even better. It was an urban fantasy sort of month for reading. I read all three Eric Carter books by Stephen Blackmoore and continued my audio re-listen of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series with Grave Peril and Summer Knight. All five books were good, not the best I’ve ever read but still well worth checking out if you like a bit of fantasy in your urban. I’m behind on my Pinterest page on the movies I’ve watched this year (too … Read More

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]

Is it Really February Already?

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My January 2017 update is only eleven days late compared to the thirteen days it took me to get to the January 2016 one so I’m going to call that a win. January was a busy month for me. First up, I got to trade in cold and wet Vancouver for warm and wet San Francisco for a few days (thanks day job). While I was there I got to experience delayed flights (booo), a California storm (wet and windy), San Francisco traffic (ugh), good food (two thumbs up) and Uber (got off to a shaky start but then two thumbs up). The trip ate into my writing time significantly (although I kept my writing streak up and reached 1312 days of writing) which isn’t helping me hit the aggressive schedule I have laid out for the beginning of this year, but I did get both Zombie Book 1 (working title) and Zombie Book Prequel (working title) finished and off to my editor. That was pretty much all the writing I did, apart from a final editing pass on Pod Fifteen, a science fiction short story which will be published in Tales from the Canyons of the Damned later this year. Total word count for the month was a … Read More

Sold! – Pod Fifteen and Immersion Therapy

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2017 has got off to a great start (on the writing front at least) with two short story sales over the last couple of weeks. First up, my dark science fiction story, Pod Fifteen will appear in Daniel Arthur Smith’s fantastic Tales from the Canyons of the Damned. Canyons as it’s known by its fans is a monthly magazine that features a selection of new dark science fiction, horror, & slipstream stories every month. It’s a great magazine, and I’m very please Daniel liked my story enough to accept it. More details on this nearer the release date. Next up, my spooky story, Immersion Therapy, has been accepted by the excellent Dead Oaks Podcast for their season 2 finale. This is the first time one of my stories will be available in audio form and I’m really looking forward to hearing it. My story will be airing in June but you can check out Season 1 and the first few episodes of Season 2 right here. Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [Sold! – Pod Fifteen and Immersion Therapy by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 1st February 2017]

On Goals

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Happy New Year! So, it’s New Year’s Resolution time again. I’m not really a New Year’s Resolution kind of guy. I do set “resolutions” but I do it when the mood takes me not just at the beginning of the year. That’s why my writing streak starts on 30th June 2013 rather than something more numerically pleasing. I am setting a few goals this year, though. Running a marathon in less than four hours for example. That’s a good goal to me because a) it’s tough but achievable and b) the outcome is pretty much under my control. Assuming I train properly, don’t eat all the chocolate we have in our fridge and sort out my race nutrition, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to achieve that. I’ve even got at least two shots – one at the Vancouver Marathon in May and then another either in September (The Blerch) or October (Victoria).  There are some external factors – I might get injured or the weather might not cooperate but beyond that, my success in the marathon is really down to me. Even injuries are partially under my control – over training and ignoring warning signs are a good way to end up … Read More

Draft Four – The Final Conflict

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Last night I wrapped up the fourth draft of The Girl in the Machine. This morning I sent the manuscript to my editor for the next step along the road to publication. He’ll send back his edits, I’ll do another revision pass accepting most of his suggestions, then the new manuscript will go back to him for another once over. Then I’ll do another pass over any new suggestions and then the book goes off for three rounds of proofreading. When it’s all laid out like that it sounds like there’s still a long way to go, and in some ways there is. But the heavy lifting is done. The 65,217 words that go to make up the final part of Leah’s story are pretty much in the right order. It’s a satisfying story that I think people will enjoy and I think it wraps up the trilogy well. The various threads I scattered through the first two books (including some threads I hadn’t even realised where there) are all tied up and it feels like a complete story without being unrealistic or contrived. At least, I think it does. Hopefully everyone else will agree. The Girl in the Machine will be released in the next couple of months, depending on … Read More

A Drafty Machine

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It’s 4pm on Saturday afternoon here in Vancouver and I’ve just wrapped up the second draft of The Girl in the Machine which now sits at 67,671 words. After working through the notes I made on the print out of the first draft, I pulled out a few broken chapters, simplified some sections and general fixed a bunch of big picture issues. There’s still some smaller things that need fixing, some foreshadowing that needs to go in and lots of crafting of individual sentences but the heavy lifting is done. It took me a while longer than I’d hoped and this will be going to my editor later than I’d planned but it’s more important it’s a good story. And I think it will be. Tomorrow I scroll back to page one and start the third draft. In the meantime, here’s a rainbow. Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [A Drafty Machine by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 19th November 2016]

The Girl in the Machine – The First Draft

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On November 7th I  hit the next big milestone on The Girl in the Machine – The first draft. <dun dun derrrrr> The final word count for the draft was 69,527. I immediately printed the whole thing off and the next day sat down to start editing. (Click to sneak a look at the opening chapter) I always do my first editing pass on paper using an actual pen. At this point I want to focus on big picture issues – continuity and plot holes mostly. If I edit on the computer, I tend to get distracted by the details and end up tweaking sentences instead of looking for the major problems. I do still mark clunky writing, unnecessary repetition that isn’t necessary, and things like that but I don’t get caught up trying to fix those issues. That comes later. I try to read through the whole book in one day so that I can keep track of the story properly and by the end of the day I’d done just that and had 226 pages covered with green ink (thanks Coke Zero). Since then I’ve been working through those notes, hacking out chapters, inserting foreshadowing, fixing the clunky writing I spotted. That took longer than the read through but it’s done. Now … Read More

Sold! – Sitala

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I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’d sold a story to Dark Fuse Magazine (it’ll be available soon). This week I got another acceptance, this time for a science fiction story called Sitala. The sale is to Fighting Monkey Press for the third anthology in their UnCommon series – UnCommon Minds. I appeared in the first in the series – UnCommon Bodies and it was a very varied and interesting collection with lots of excellent stories. The second anthology, UnCommon Origins was even better, and I’ve got no reason to think this one won’t surpass that. As for my story, I was very happy with how it turned out so I was quite nervous about the submission. I’m incredibly pleased Fighting Monkey liked it as much as I do. I can’t wait for you to read it. No idea what the publishing timeline is yet. Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [Sold! – Sitala by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 12th November 2016]