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2013 in review

Posted: December 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

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A top post on trolls.

Chronicles of Harriet

MORE TROLLS THAN A MID-LEVEL DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS CAMPAIGN

troll 2I have been the victim of trolling.

Recently, a person tried to bait me into an argument, or get a rise out of me by insulting my latest book release, A Single Link, without reading it. When that didn’t work, they said they were purchasing another book that released the same day as A Single Link.

Fine by me; my short story, Brood is in that book, too.

Silly rabbit.

No, not rabbit…troll.

In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a group forum, chat room, or blog.

While trolling – the term for the discordant actions of a troll – can be accidental, it is usually done with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or…

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Once again, I inevitably find myself apologising for the length of time between my previous post and now. There are many reasons, mostly the length of time it’s taking me to get my final edits together, but also the emergence of a new day job at the end of August. All good things, as it turns out, but they are proper time-eaters. And unfortunately, have turned out to be at the neglect of aspects of my social media.

Now, there have been some good things too. For a start, I’ve been getting out and seeing people buying my books live (and indeed signing some of them!) This, in turn, has generated some rather nice photo albums. If you’d like to have a look for yourself, I’ve put links on here and here, for example.

The other part of this has been a few bits of novel news that others may know about, but I haven’t put up here yet. So first of all, the fact there’s a second edition of Oblivion Storm now [for those interested in such things, it’s a different ISBN as well, of course]. Have a look for yourself on the links, and whilst you’re there, I’ve got a few reviews too. Maybe I’ll have a few more after this!

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News the second: the follow-up to Oblivion Storm is currently on schedule for a JANUARY 24, 2014 release, so mark it in your diaries! It has the title, Primal Storm, and takes you on around a year after the first adventure. I’m busting a gut putting finishing touches on this, and hope you like what I’ve done with the place! Some familiar characters will be there, with new hobbies and fresh challenges. Parkour, for example. It’d be great to see you all on board. 

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Now, a goal for early next year is to ensure I have a website up and running for my writing work too. I’m very happy with initial talks getting it organised, so that’ll be something else to look forward to, on my part at least.

As I can’t guarantee I’ll get another post up before Christmas, I should also like to take this time out to wish all readers a merry Christmas, whatever they may be doing, and hope you all have a wonderful 2014. I’m certainly looking to make it another big one!