A Warrior’s Dreams

About 2000 words done in the last few days which is fairly good progress considering the complete standstill this book was at just before Christmas. It’s been a gradual process of getting back into it by doing a couple of hundred words here and there.

A thought occured to me that suddenly made this part of the process make sense. What I’m writing at the moment certainly needs a rewrite but that’s adding colour. This part is just the pencil outline. I should hopefully be able to see where the colour needs to go as I reach the end.

With 33000 words done now it has only just sprang up in my mind that this is more than halfway.

Opposite The Cathedral, Down The Alley, Up The Stairs and Hang A Right.

Whilst this blog is usually writing about whatever I’m actually supposed to be writing at the time I have, on occasion, written about other people who are doing good things locally. It’s not exactly as if I have vast numbers reading this blog and the people in question will instantly get a massive boost in numbers. It’s more that it’s very easy to be negative about anybody making cool projects from scratch and sometimes you just need to know that somebody else appreciates what you’re doing.

This will be one of those posts.

Give me a bit of space to set the scene here…

Carlisle is not a massive city. In fact I could pretty much get away with saying that Carlisle is like eight different villages sellotaped together with a shopping district in between. Sometimes it even has the attitude to match. Anything cultural seems to get storied away in small pockets of the city and only let out for a couple of hours a day for grazing purposes. The usual big chain stores exist in Carlisle but it seems a bit tougher for the smaller, individual shops who may specialise in a particular field. Most bigger cities I’ve been to have stores dedicated to comic books and general geekery almost by default. Carlisle never really has, until now.


1Up is in very early days having only just opened their doors at the tail end of 2017. I’ve been in a couple of times firstly to check it out and then to buy new pieces for the X-Wing Miniatures game and some new Batman comics. I don’t know the guys who run it but they always come across as really friendly and willing to put the time in to this fantastic venture.

Building such a business from scratch is difficult and they’ve recently started a crowdfunder to pull some initial cash together and get furniture for the store so they can make it not only a shop but a hub for the culture in the local area. You can read the details on the link right here…


A lot of the time when any new business is covered by the local press the words ‘This is just what Carlisle needs’ are spoken even when it’s the 100th bar or sandwich shop in the city centre. Those words are true for this project however because there is certainly nothing like this in the area. Carlisle does indeed need something like this.

If you have some money going free then please chuck it in the pot. If you’re near Carlisle then pop on by and see for yourself the start of something a bit special. Even if you’re miles away or in another country altogether then still donate. You’ll have the warm glow of knowing you’ve helped somebody get a good project on the road.

Lightsaber Nunchucks

Writing a blog about writing a book is difficult to keep interesting at the best of times. When progress on aforementioned book has ground to a halt in recent months then it’s even harder. The noise of Christmas and New Year has now faded in the rear view mirror and I’ve suddenly became very much aware that it was one year ago since I started writing the basic outline and notes for the story. The actual task of putting words on the page was started in March and I made fairly steady progress over the summer months. Then in October, once the nights had started drawing in, I reached a part of the story in which the whole thing seemed to suddenly run out of steam. It’s been hard picking back up after that and I’ve constantly been saying to myself that I’ll return to it. That return keeps getting shoved back.

Reading what I have so far confirms the worst fear that it’s 30,000 words of utter nonsense. It’s a combination of small town Scotland, aliens, child abduction and people not quite seeming what they are. If that sounds like it shouldn’t hang together well then rest assured that at this current moment you are indeed correct. The overwhelming feeling is that even if I do charge forward and reach the end then the editing job to get it anywhere near watertight at the end is massive.

I seem to have spent the first two weeks of 2018 taking up other projects separate from the book which seems like a subliminal effort to avoid actually doing anything about the thing. I’ll write about video games over on Dragon In The Castle¬†and I’ve had the mad notion to start a printed games fanzine. I’m also still involved in the pro wrestling podcast called Conquistabores. I’ve also had the pleasure of being invited up to Edinburgh on a fairly regular basis to talk about Doctor Who on another podcast called The Polis Box.

These things are all great fun and I look forward to participating in them. The strange thing is that I’m struggling most with the one that I’m solely responsible for. It seems just that little bit uphill at the moment and the hope is that I find a thread sometimes soon and carry on. I have a feeling that once I hit a rich vein then it’ll become far easier.