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Are you kidding?

Writing is fun. “Oh puhleeezzze.” I can hear some of you cry, across the vast electronic savannah of the internet.

For many people writing is like quarrying stone, and we’re talking about quarrying by hand with no dynamite or excavators the size of tower blocks. With the pickaxe of your brain, you chip away at the boulders of language to come up with shards and splinters called words. Is your job done, once you’ve collected these chippings? No, the work is only just beginning. Those words have to be arranged into sentences, and those sentences have to be made into a road to carry the reader safely from the start of your piece to the end of it.

And I’m telling you that writing is fun? “Oh puhleeezzze, Aldred. Do you hang out with dentists and get them to give you fillings for a laugh?”

At this point, I will clear my throat ready to deliver one of my favorite gruesome dentist stories, perhaps the one where the dentist falls of the chair trying to pull the patient’s teeth from the blood-soaked surgery ceiling.

“Hang on, Aldred,” those with sharp-eyes and delicate stomachs will interrupt. “We’ve noticed all these buttons dotted about your website, which when clicked on direct us to places where we can buy your books, with the result that some of our money becomes some of your money. Are you writing for fun or profit?”

The answer is both. I’m hoping to make some money by selling my books, otherwise in a little while I’ll be writing sad, blog posts like ‘please buy my books so I can feed my cat, Blenkinsop.’ (I promise I’ll find another job before I have to resort to writing even sadder blog posts such as ‘please buy my books because Blenkinsop and I are giving each other hungry looks and one of us is going to get eaten, soon.’) However, regardless of whether anyone buys my books or even reads them, I’ve had the best time creating them.

In these ‘Writing for Fun’ blogs, I’m going to tell you about things I do that make writing enjoyable for me. You can experiment with them, and pick the ones that work for you. The next blog in this series is about bum glue which is not as disgusting as it sounds. See you then.


Out Now – Royal Fool

Bk2_Cover_240Royal Fool, book two of the Nobody’s Fool Quartet, is now available on Smashwords and Kindle. We greeted this happy news at Chateau* Chase with a loud fanfare, which spread the joyous tidings and brought forth complaints from our neighbors. They felt that seventy six trombones was seventy six too many, and Marigold, two doors along, pointed out that for a fanfare we should have been using trumpets anyway.

* Chateau is the French word for castle and is a slight exaggeration when used to describe our house, but my excuse is that I’m a fantasy fiction writer.

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Coming Soon – Royal Fool

Bk2_Cover_240Royal Fool, book two of the Nobody’s Fool Quartet, is due to be available as an ebook through Kindle and Smashwords in the next week or so.

Am I resting on my laurels. I did try but they have left a squishy green stain on my chair. I’m assuming the stain is from my laurels and not a present from my cat.

Anyway after launching book two and finding some stain remover for the chair, my next task will be editing Prince of Fools, book three of the Nobody’s Fool Quartet.