…time to spend a little timely time with my pal Author, Glen R. Stansfield…

More blether from that man. 🙂

Seumas Gallacher

…my great pal, and fellow scribbler, Glen R. Stansfield, he of the crime writing prowess that produced Fishing for Stones, and Harry, is also on the verge of launching a cookbook, a superb culinary compilation, Around the World in Eighty Dishes, which comprises a series of feature articles which first appeared in a local publication here in Bahrain in the Middle East… in the Guest Post below, Master Glen has a few thoughts for us on the issue of ‘time’… enjoy…

Glen R. Stansfield

Time – We all know what it is, or do we? Try to define time and you may find yourself struggling, yet it appears in our everyday conversations. Examine some of the sayings about time and you start to get an uneasy feeling that we don’t really have a grasp of it – not yet, anyway.

For instance, when we do things to save…

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The Curse Of The Writer Strikes Yet Again!!!

On finishing one MS only to start another, back in December 2014…

Have We Had Help?


Valles Marinaris aka the Great Rift on Mars

Damn it to hell and back! The curse of the writer has struck once more. A couple of weeks ago, another pure science fiction story announced itself from the farthest reaches of my mind. I swore black and blue that when I published my adventure novella Cataclysm in November, that I would not contemplate another story until next year. So much for good intentions. My mind is already working overtime once again.

When an idea invades a writer’s consciousness, what can he or she do about it but go with the flow, or be driven crazy. We all have our various ways of tackling the problem. Yes, you heard me right, I did say problem. Because until a writer has exorcised the beast from his or her mind, they will know no peace. So what I have to do is get writing…

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A glowing revue…


…for what is after all nothing more or less than an extremely short book by anyone’s standards. Mine included…


15 April 2018

Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy from the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review. This is not my usual genre that I read but nevertheless I enjoyed this short novella and would recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fact/fiction and people like myself who appreciate a well written and researched story. I would say that its strengths lie in the accuracy of the historical terms used, the sense of brutality of the time period coupled with the human interest aspect of the story – an uncle, Aldred wishing to protect his young archer nephew Cynric from harm and possible death during battle. There is also a breathe of humour in the novella which gives a wonderful sense of the jibes of men, the tenderness and greenness of a young man going to battle and how the very young can surprise us too. On reflection Jack Eason has packed a heck of a lot into a very short novella and this demonstrates his ability to write a thoroughly engaging narrative. Highly recommended.
Guess who the review is from?
YA author Marjorie
None other than the brilliant YA author Marjorie Mallon
Thanks Marje 😉 xx

Why do we bother to write?

More on writing…

Have We Had Help?


It’s a damned good question – why indeed?

Writing is a thankless task. To begin with it helps if you have masochistic tendencies. Without a doubt it has to be one of the most disheartening things to engage yourself in these days. Right from the start everything is stacked against you. From the assortment of literary critics, conventional publishing’s gatekeepers and literary agents, not forgetting the trolls, all of them only too happy to trash the product of all your hard work – which is why so many of us prefer to self-publish. But even going down that route has its drawbacks. Then there is the fact that unfortunately we’re living in an era when the majority of the population these days struggle to read anything longer than a tweet. Before you start screaming at me, yes I can hear your hackles rising from here over that last sentence. But…

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Notes from a small dog – In hiding…

More from the gorgeous Ani about life with her human…

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

We are back at the point where she’s losing the plot,
‘When she’s tearing her hair out and swearing a lot,
When there’s costumes and props strewn all over the place
And she’s wearing that panicky look on her face.

‘Cause it’s April again and The Workshop, you see,
And around her’s no place for a small dog to be,
So I’m spending my days hiding under the table
And sneaking out briefly whenever I’m able.

I do try to help, it’s not easy at all
When there’s boxes of stuff between me and the ball
That I keep throwing for her, by way of distraction,
And to keep her alert… I request interaction.

Then to help her keep trim, I’ve a neat plan in place
That prevents her from snacking or stuffing her face…
Every time she goes into the kitchen to feed
I will stand at the…

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Why do all author interviews fail miseraby?

Originally posted in August 2016. Still waiting for someone to produce an intelligent interview…

Have We Had Help?


In my view, because they tell you absolutely nothing about the author. Read one and you’ve read them all…

I’ve read literally hundreds of them over the decades. Without exception they follow an inevitable mind numbingly boring formulae.  I’m sorry, but the last thing I wish to know about is an author’s favourite book, or where they live and with whom. Or even what their latest book is all about and other entirely banal questions!!!

What I really want to know is how their mind works. Don’t you?

To begin to gain an insight into what makes any author tick, all you have to do is read their books for yourself. It couldn’t be simpler! Do that and there is no need for the totally redundant author interview.

Each and every single one of us reveals far more about ourselves in our storytelling than any damned interview ever will. You…

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Author Marjorie Mallon on Blogging, Dreams, and Her Paperback Release

Author Marjorie Mallon on Blogging, Dreams, and Her Paperback Release

I’m reading Marje’s book at the moment…

When Women Inspire

Congratulations to Marjorie Mallon on the paperback release of The Curse of Time Book 1 Bloodstone – yahoo! You may recall she came by last year to post about the topic of self harm that she addresses in this book. Today, Marjorie (I call her MJ!), stops by as part of her blog tour to chat about her experiences blogging and how dreams are achievable at any age. I’m giving MJ the floor now:

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Zuckerburg 1 – US Senate 0

Two things were painfully obvious yesterday and the day before. The majority of the US congress have no clue about anything born of the Internet age. Secondly Zuckerburg would not have got off so lightly, despite a handful of questions that made him squirm! As it was he showed how rattled he was when he sprinted from the hearing on the first day! He would have had a much more harrowing experience had he been forced to appear before a parliamentary committee here in the UK!



The Wandering Merchant Raven – Guest Post by Jemima Pett…

The Wandering Merchant Raven – Guest Post by Jemima Pett…


Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Just a reminder, every second Sunday of the month I’m doing a serial with an original illustration from the wonderful Dani English, who also does my book covers.

If you missed the previous months, here is January, here February, and here March.

It’s April already, and we reach Part 4 in my serial starring two fox-rabbits, a magpie, a man, his horse and various other travellers they find on their adventure.

So far ….

Talbot – a young fox-rabbit has taken shelter from rain and scary things in the forest, only to be approached by a monster…

Meanwhile, a fox-rabbit called Alice, and her Magpie friend and steed, have taken up with a mysterious hooded traveller they met in Lodestar.

Part 4 – The Wandering Merchant Raven

Awareness returned. Talbot was warm. He hadn’t been warm for days. Strange smells, at the same time sweet and…

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