Site Launch!

Well, folks, here it is. My brand spanking new website and blog. Take a look around and marvel! (Or not. As you will.)

Buoyed by the news that Every Night Erotica was to publish my short piece “Ripe Fruit” (you can find it here, and with the approaching publication of the anthology Erotica Apocrypha from Freaky Fountain Press, I decided to finally get this site to a presentable state.

So, why a website and blog?

Whilst I have yet to be published in a big way – though I am proud of my small but growing publication record – the word on the winds of the internet tells me that all writers really need a website these days (how China MiĆ©ville manages with just a tumblr account I’ll never know. Wait, that’s because he’s highly decorated and critically acclaimed. Never mind.)

I’d like to think I’m not purely doing this as part of a trend/marketing purposes/because-the-king-of-the-potato-people-told-me-to. I have an instinct for archiving material, for keeping it together in one ordered place, and hey, these websites are all rather fun, right?

So, this new blog, what will it be all about? Two things mostly; writing, and dragons. I also have an erotic web serial in the planning stages, which you will hear more about in the coming weeks, but for now, here is the posting schedule.

Sunday: an update on my own writing. The length of this will vary – I foresee long rambling posts, as well as one word expletives in the future.

Wednesday: Writing anxieties. Which doesn’t sound like the most inspiring of series, but it occurred to me that all over the web are a ton of writing advice sites, you-go-get’em posts, publicity advice, how to use social media to your advantage, the perils and highs of publishing, etc. There are very few, however, about those freakouts and fears that most writers are prone to. These aren’t posts about wallowing in self-pity (though there’ll be a bit of that no doubt) but rather to express the worries and doubts and maybe reach out to people who share them.

Friday: Dragon Day. As many of my friends and family will know I’ve have years in the process of a novel affectionately referred to as ‘the Dragon Novel’, about PhD students studying dragons. The research for the novel sparked an interest in dragons themselves, and it seems that, while the novel itself is on a bit of a hiatus, I can keep up my interest by blogging about some facet of them. And there are many. Be prepared for images, film reviews, info about the most famous of the creatures, and other such flotsam so befitting your everyday draconologist.

And that’s it. Feel free to comment away – I’m leaving comments unmoderated for now, please keep things civil else I may have to change that. Which would be sad.

But before I go completely, some thanks to folks for helping me get this site up: Amanda, for generously allowing me to share her webspace. Katharina, for the photographs of me in on the Biography and Contact pages. Ana Laura, for her illustrations on “Red by the River”, and the promise of more to come.