The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 56 – Only Chocolate

Chapter 56 – Only Chocolate Heidi had been working hard all day, she had even skipped lunch, though in truth she felt too excited to eat. Now her long day was over and she sat at her workstation and ran … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 55 – Relax

Authors Note: Well, that thing I hoped might work out, didn’t. That’s OK, it was a long shot and out of the blue. I have returned to Plan A, which is to keep posting here, and work towards a fully … Continue reading

The Traps of World-Building

It occurred to me that the one great challenge of world-building is that you are, in fact, building a world. What to put in? What to leave out? I’ve recently been reading The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to becoming … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 54 – Responsibility

Chapter 54 – Responsibility Time passed. Persistent Smith lay in the dark of the capacious and surprisingly comfortable boot and listened to the muffled male voices coming from the passenger compartment. He didn’t hear it all but some of what … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 53 – The Good Guys

Authors Note: A chapter a week and here we are at chapter 53. Have I really been doing this for a year? Not quite, but nearly. I posted the first chapter late November last year and I doubled up on … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 52 – Legs

Author’s Note: More background developments developing, potentially far more exciting than my previous announcement, which was exciting enough in itself. Goodness. I can’t say anything else for another couple of months because I won’t know more until then myself. Chapter … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 51 – The Scholar

Author’s Note: Just made it this week as I’ve been at the Milford SF Writers Conference, which is busy but enormous fun, and very very useful. Mood: Tired but happy. Chapter 51 – The Scholar Caked in stinking river mud … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 50 – Bigger Fish

This week’s chapter comes to you from N. Wales, where the holiday home’s internet appears to be made of tin cans and string. We made it! Chapter 50 – Bigger Fish The sound of voices woke Smith. By now he … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 49 – Evasion and Deceit

Author’s Note: I’m very pleased to announce I’m working on print and ebook versions of this story. It has now been professionally proof-read and edited, and I’ve commissioned new cover art – which is absolutely beautiful. I’m now deciding if … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 48 – The Price

Chapter 48 – The Price Electra sat on the white leather settee, a portable console on her lap. ‘The one on the desk has stopped sending.’ ‘Wassiter’s not a complete dunce,’ Dolores said. ‘Not completely.’ Electra returned to studying the … Continue reading