2021 Roundup

2021 Roundup

It’s been one heck of a year! I’ve been quiet recently, both on here and on my social media platforms, and I think it’s about time I gave an update on my work.

Books

Heritage

As some of you will know, The Heritage Saga is my primary work — the first thing I mentioned online. And work on it is going well. I’m about halfway through the third book (title TBA), have roped in my talented cousin, Aislinn (Instagram, TikTok) to do some artwork for the project, and am looking to release the first book, The Fomorian King, next year.

What started as a bit of lore to help guide my writing has evolved into a narrative, which I fully intend to release for free in the runup to The Fomorian King’s launch. To ensure getting a copy of this story, sign up to my newsletter — it’s free and I’m forgetful enough with sending it that the spam filters ignore it!

I’ll also make a release party signup next year which you can sign up to and get a free copy of The Fomorian King a few weeks before it’s published. I’ll give more details on that next year, too.

Other works

Work on my other novels has slowed somewhat, in part to do more research. I’ve been working on a Western fantasy standalone, something a little darker in tone than I’d normally do, and I’m really excited to get this story out to the world. As well as this, I’ve been working on some short stories, and graphic novels, which are, I think, a long road of edits away from human eyes.

Filmmaking

Okay, so this is what has taken up a lot of my time recently, and a large part of why I’ve been so quiet. I’ve been working on a few projects (some collaborative), including two feature films (drama/sci-fi), a sitcom, and a series of internet shorts of various genres. I’ve also been learning more about the VFX world and have started to gain confidence in programmes like Blender (and yes, I can now make people’s heads explode!), which will hopefully play a role in my filmmaking work.

Filmmaking is a great venture for me, and one I’ve played with a few times before. It allows me to use my musical skills to enhance storytelling, and offers great opportunities to work with wonderful people. I hope that, this time next year, I’ll have some videos to share with you all.

Again, if any of this interests you (this isn’t a pitch), then feel free to subscribe to my newsletter, which carries my infrequent updates. I should probably make a webpage about this…

Blog

Earlier this year I shared some of my thoughts on writing here, and sort of… forgot to continue. Truthfully, I didn’t enjoy blogging. I’d rather be writing a story or designing some new characters or worlds. So, in 2022, I’ll be going through my blog, reading, editing, and maybe removing some of the posts I made. I’ve learned a lot since I wrote each of these pieces, so an update is overdue at the very least.

I have some ideas for things I’ll use to replace the blog, but none of them are quite ready to announce. Until then, enjoy reading my possibly outdated writing thoughts.

Food

Some of you may know that I started my adult life as a chef (that’s still my day job), so a few months ago I decided to make a TikTok channel (sorry) to 1) Record my recipes so I don’t forget them, and 2) Share some useful tips with the non-cooking world. It’s not that original an idea, but hopefully it’ll give people a bit more confidence in the kitchen. Next year I will go on a quest to make the perfect oven chips. If that’s something you’re interested in, check out my channel here.

@chefconone

Coffee cream profiteroles are the best sweet treat! #food #yum #fyp #foodtiktok #chocolate #coffee

♬ Stay Broke – Boukou Groove

And that’s all from me. Have a great holiday season with your friends and families, stay safe, warm, and virus-free, and I’ll see you in 2022. Cheers!

2021 Roundup

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I'm a writer of science-fiction, fantasy epics, and other speculative fiction works and have a little blog focused on writing and how to become a better writer. Hopefully it is helpful to others, and I'd love to hear more feedback and have more in-depth discussions on all thing creativity. Before turning to writing I worked for a number of years as a chef, following on from my time as a writing and performing guitarist in the South West of England. Perhaps I will upload some music from these days at some point...

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