My review of the new QuietOn Sleep earplugs

A few years ago I purchased a pair of QuietOn noise-cancelling earplugs from an Indigogo campaign. They work really well and I still use them today. The main problem with them is that they are too large to sleep with. This was the main reason for buying them, to cut down on snoring noises from our dog and "other family members".

I soon realised that I could sleep with just one earbud in, the ear that is not pressed into the pillow, but this only has an effect that is good for blocking outside noises (meaning the local cockerels and dogs). The reduced effectiveness is too much to handle the low-frequency sounds associated with snoring.

Enter QuietOn Sleep, the new, improved earbuds (that were a little overdue) that promised to be designed for sleeping. The company had taken all the comments and criticism from the first product and produced a unit that was even smaller and had better acoustic properties. This seemed like it would be ideal, and I looked forward to the day they …

The Lichfield Ice Cream King

Finally in Beta! The second draft has been completed on my next novel, The Lichfield Ice Cream King and is available to Beta read now. This is the completion of the story I wrote for NaNoWriMo in 2017 and comes in at just over 74,000 words.

If anyone is interested in reading this for me, please get in touch. You can Beta read this over at (link below), which gives you the ability to make comments and suggestions, right there in the manuscript!

I'm currently having this professionally read, so will incorporate their feedback and any feedback from other readers.

Happy reading

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Part 2

Hmmm ... I knew I'd change my mind. If you read my previous post about NaNoWriMo for this year (2018) then you'll know that I'd already changed my mind once about what to write.
Yeah, I didn't like that idea either!

I have thought about this a little more and have fleshed out an idea that I AM going to write! Here's the synopsis:
When Bryson Stoddart relives the final few weeks of a serial killer’s life he realises that the work of the killer was not complete. Bryson tracks down the body of the killer and becomes embroiled in a race to stop the final part of the killer’s plan coming true.  An all-out manhunt across the United States is underway for the killer, but Bryson soon becomes the prime suspect for all the wrong reasons. When Bryson has to make the ultimate sacrifice to prevent the killer’s legacy, his life will never be the same again. I even created a temporary book cover for the NaNo pages. It's far from ideal, but I don't want to spend any money…

NaNoWriMo 2018

Well, having just found the post I wrote in February about NaNoWriMo 2017, I thought it was time to put my thoughts down in writing for 2018.

I've been thinking about this for months now, setting aside November for writing, as I did last year, and deciding on which story to put my 50,000 words into.

And that's where the process sat ... for quite some time!

September is nearly over and that leaves just a month to get my ass into gear and work out what to do. I had tweeted a few weeks ago (September 13th) that:
"Finally figured out what I'm going to write for #NaNoWriMo this year! Have been wanting to write a space story for a while so have come up with a "plan". I say "plan" loosely, but it's more than I normally start with. #amwritingscifi" Yeah, well that fizzled out fairly quickly. I did start a plan and outlined some of my characters, the ship, the premise of the story, some major plot points, but then it just didn't feel right.  I …

NaNoWriMo 2017 - Followup (A forgotten post)

I did it!50,046 words in a novel I decided to write for NaNoWriMo 2017. I started this adventure doubting I would achieve that goal and I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled it out of the bag on the final day, to limp across the finish line.

Here's the synopsis I wrote back in October 2017 for the book and the cover that I had designed by a nice lady in Brazil.

The Sirrupa family run it all. From High-quality imports to addictive “street” products. Nothing comes into the country without their knowledge, at least that had been the case until now. An underground movement rebelling against this monopoly will go to any lengths to undermine the Sirrupa domination of the market. The Sirrupa Family also influence power within the Police, Government and food retail, making any disruption to the market nigh impossible. One man is about to change all this. Known as the Lichfield Ice Cream King to his underground followers, Spencer to his friends, he has been planting the seeds of a conf…

Makers Central 2018 - Birmingham NEC May 5th & 6th

At the Birmingham NEC this year (2018) there will be an event called Makers Central, showcasing YouTubers from all over the world, with suppliers and vendors from the UK. The weekend event runs over the 5th and 6th of May 2018 and full details of the event can be found here: Nick Zammeti from NZ Woodturning has organised the event and it looks to be a good one! I'll be there on Saturday as a visitor, so if you spot me, say hello!

Make sure you get your tickets in advance to be sure of getting in. There will be tickets available on the day for a little more (if there's any left!) but pre-book to guarantee you get in to see all the good stuff!

NaNoWriMo 2017

Well, I decided to do it this year! I'm joining ranks with thousands of other authors across the globe for the (inter)National Novel Writing Month competition.

I have a plan ... well, an outline of a plan ... maybe just an outline of an outline, but it's STILL a plan! So, the big reveal of the novel I'll be writing:

L.I.C.K - Lichfield Ice Cream King
Now before you all jump on the Ice Cream/Ice-cream debate, it's my title alright?! Anyway, that's what you jumped on first? 

I have no idea if I'll be able to make the 50,000 words in November stick, there are lots of things at play here. Well specifically, two little ones at play. My wife is onboard and will push me to stop procrastinating, but whether I'll get 1,613 words written a day in a couple of available hours is up in the air right now.

If you want to know more, here's a brief synopsis of the novel I'm going to write:

The Sirrupa family run it all. From High-quality imports to addictive “street” prod…