2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

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Richard’s Playlist (36) – Hot Stuff by Donna Summer

Richard and Rose eat out with friends to celebrate his birthday on October 2nd and he tastes curry for the first time.  It had to be ‘Hot Stuff’ by Donna Summer for this scene!

Photo of Donna Summer

Read more of Richard’s and Rose’s adventures by downloading Richard Liveth Yet from Kindle for £1.99

Richard’s Playlist (35) – Thank you for the Music by ABBA

It’s October 2nd 2015, Richard’s 562nd birthday, and Rose gives him a lute which she bought from Ebay. She also gives him a small iPod with a song compilation: Richard’s Playlist in fact, from which these songs, including ‘Thank you for the Music’, are taken!

Read more by downloading the book, Richard Liveth Yet, from Kindle (£1.99)



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Richard’s Playlist (34) – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

After returning from Center Parcs, Richard and Rose research the different theories about what happened at Bosworth. Rose explains them all to him and he decides what he might be able to do to change things. As they are going into detail I thought the song title ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing‘ by Aerosmith was appropriate.

Steven & Joe

Aerosmith in Concert (Arnhem, Netherlands)

Find out their Richard’s conclusions and plans in Richard Liveth Yet,  £1.99 on Kindle.





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What Am I Supposed To Be Doing On Goodreads?

I also get a bit confused with Goodreads – if you’re not, please comment!

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

Dan's pic Your humble host.

I’m going to tell you this little story for several reasons. It’s a sad cry for help, yes, but in a good way. Also, I’m a pretty honest guy, depending on who you ask. When I’m clueless, which is rare but it happens, I’ll probably admit it.

(Recently, we discussed building your author platform HERE, and how to auto post your blog HERE)

I don’t usually do it sopublicly…

 But what the heck; I ask you guys to open yourselves up in your writing even though it’s scary; here’s an example of opening yourself up to ridicule for the sake of getting an education.

See? After a while, opening yourself isn’t that scary. Nobody is gonna punch me in the nose for posting this. Probably.

They may laugh

Okay, ready?

So I joined Goodreads a few years ago because I was supposed

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Happy Birthday Offer!


Happy Birthday Rose!



It’s Rose’s birthday on 10th Dec (and mine – what a coincidence!) so in honour of this I have done a Kindle Countdown Sale of Richard Liveth Yet! Starting then and for seven days it is only 99p!!!







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3 Easy Cuts To Make When You Start Editing

Great tips!

Allison Maruska

Nothing beats the feeling of typing The End following the last scene of your manuscript. You’ve spent weeks to months to years laboring over sentence construction, timeline details, and character development, among many other things. Now is the time to celebrate.

Because soon, it will be time to edit.

If you’re groaning, stop it. This is where you take your masterpiece and smooth the rough edges. Not all artists have this luxury. We writers get as many passes as it takes to get it right.

There is a myriad of posts and checklists on how to best attack the editing process. I like to start with three easy (though not necessarily quick) edits that give me a sense of immediate progress. Following these suggestions will result in tighter prose and eliminate several “flag” words that could make an editor or agent pass on your project.

For illustration purposes, I’m using screen shots from my…

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How To Add a Time Jump To Your Story

A Writer's Path


by Meg

Stories are different from real life in a lot of ways. One major difference is that stories don’t move from one day to the next in chronological order. Stories cover significant events, which sometimes occur days, weeks, months, maybe even years apart. You might need to implement a time jump into your story, whether you want to or not.

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Tip #34: How To Write Fiction (step-by-step)

Good summary!

Useless Book Club


You probably know how to write fiction from your reading. It’s not a conscious activity for you. But there are times when the words refuse to flow naturally. This post should help when such a catastrophe occurs, giving you a template to work from.


-Gerald rode into Winchester with his feet dangling down his horse’s flanks, toes resting lazily on the stirrups. Could he honestly call it a town? The state of the streets made him want to turn his eyes away. Sewage ran as a thick brown slurry down a channel in the centre of the street, raining down from windows overhead. Wretched figures in ripped tunics shambled into his path, raising their grubby hands to beg for coin.-

The simplest way to open a chapter is with one paragraph which sets the scene. Your last chapter could have been set anywhere at any time. Show the reader whose eyes…

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Another NaNo done!

Last month (November) I took part in another National Novel Writing Month. This was how I originally managed to write my first novel, Richard Liveth Yet.

I find it helpful because I am a terrible procrastinator and I need the target (50,000 words) and the deadline (in a month) to motivate me to get on with it!

There are now three NaNos every year in November (the original) where you are challenged to write a 50,000 novel in a month. In April and July they have Camp NaNo where you set your own target (anything from 10,000 words to 1 million!)

So what did I write this time? Well, I have already almost finished the second part of Richard Liveth Yet (called Richard Liveth Yet Book II – A Foreign Country) so I didn’t have 50,000 words left to write. I therefore decided to get started on the third part, Richard Liveth Yet Book III – Hearts Never Change! Yes it’s going to be a trilogy and I hope to have the second part published early next year.

Here is the proof that I did write 50,000 words! (Joanne Walter is my maiden name and once I used it I can’t change it!)

Graph showing achievment of 50,000 words written