Changing Venues

Hi all — just a quick update. You’ll see on the Support Me page that there is currently no listing for the Ferryman’s Apprentice hard copies. This is because, as I mentioned a while back, I’m moving a lot of my distribution channels around. The Ferryman’s Apprentice will only be available in e-book for a while (though I do have some hard copies myself so if you desperately need one for some reason, do contact me and we can chat about that).

I hope that the hard copies won’t be offline for more than a month, while I make sure that the changeover is going the way it’s supposed to. I’ll be sure to notify everyone when the print copies are available for purchase again, and I’ll update the Support Me page with all relevant information.

Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.


Hi all! Quick update from me!

I’m running pretty flat-out for the convention, but as I said before, I need to make some changes to how things are run. My e-books are about to get removed from sale for a day or two, but they should be back up with all relevant information on the site changed later this week.

Thanks for being patient and understanding!

As of 4th August 2019, e-books are now up again and available. My Support Page has now been updated with the details.

An Update

I realise this isn’t going to be particularly interesting, but I’ll try and keep this short, for those who are interested.

Where am I going?
This year, I’m doing a couple of conventions. I’ll be in Dublin from the 15th to the 20th of August for Worldcon. If anyone will be there, you can find me at the Creator’s Alley on the 16th – I’ll provide some details of exactly which table is mine closer to the date. Otherwise, I’ll just be generally around the convention — if you spot me, come say hi!

I’ll also be at Conflux convention in Canberra, from the 5th to the 7th of October. More details on where I’ll be when will be posted as I get them.

What am I doing?
I have a few projects in the works at the moment. I’ve been working on the Edit Pass Live project still (though I know I haven’t updated that in a while). I’ll have a little teaser of that project available at the conventions, if people are interested in that. It’s a sneak preview exclusive to those conventions, so you’ll have to drop by if you want a piece of that.

The second section of The Ferryman’s Apprentice is getting much closer to being released as an e-book and hard copy — there’s only a few more things to finish off. I hope to be able to provide concrete publication dates sometime next month.

The blog version of The Ferryman’s Apprentice has been trucking along, but as many may know or have guessed, the third season is reaching its end and the fourth is the last season, the big finale, the wrap-up. If anyone has ideas for things they’d like to see in the final between-season content, shout out to me on the blog or on Twitter — I’d love to see if there are any final tidbits of behind the scenes information or things about secondary characters that people really want me to publish before the whole story is over.

The next serial is also in the works, and I’ll be releasing more details about that once the fourth Ferryman’s Apprentice season is starting to draw to a close. Watch this space!

Calls to Action
I’m also going to take a second here to put on the Marketing Hat real quick. Up in the top of the page, there’s a handy-dandy “Support Me” button. If you’re interested in me or what I do, I urge you to go and visit that page. It has such useful information as my Patreon page, info on the best places to get the books that have been released, and otherwise how to support me.

You can also get in touch with me on Twitter, where I am most active on social media.

Marketing hat off now. That’s what’s going on with me for the rest of the year. I’ll update folks with more details when I have them.

Have a great day!

Edit Pass Live Stage 2: Task List Update

Update for the Edit Pass Live: Just got past what I feel is enough of a milestone to post the next task list.
Most of what I’ve done is the worldbuilding, but I’ve also fallen down a couple of worldbuilding rabbit holes where I added info that is most likely completely irrelevant to any part of the story or the characters in it. Still, hopefully it helps me round things out in my head. And it was fun — let’s never forget that part.

So here is the new task list, updated with what still needs to be done:


Worldbuilding Questions

Completed! See the original list here. I haven’t included it in this post mostly for clarity, but if you’re keeping score at home, that’s where to find it.

In addition to those, I also did a full history of H. Country in the past couple of hundred years, and a comprehensive biology of the non-human species, plus origin story of their people (both true and rumoured). I also ended up rewriting a few of the characters not on the list below.

Some changes are definitely going to require me to change some entire plot points, but then I always knew that was going to be the case.


The remainder of these still need doing, however.

Characters who Need Fixing

  • Yerothen
  • Althus
  • Orothias
  • Ette
  • Ithild



  • Collate all my notes; split into categories so I can easily reference them
  • Create new outline


Side note: I really should have collated my notes a lot earlier; it’s going to be much harder now that I’ll definitely forgotten what the heck I was talking about. But hey, since when have I ever made good choices that will make things easier for myself?

Update – WorldCon

Hey all!

Quick personal update. Everything is pretty much booked and ready — I’ll be at Worldcon this year in San Jose! Super excited — I’ve never been to America before.

If anyone happens to be there, I don’t have a dealer’s stand at all, but you can message me on Facebook or Twitter if you want to catch me while I’m there.

That, or look for the one with the purple hair and the look of existential confusion.

I’m looking forward to the trip!

Travel Update part 2

OK, so here goes part 2.

Part 2 begins with heading to Galway.

Getting out of Dublin, this is what I see:


The rolling green hills, everybody.

So, that wasn’t exactly what I expected of Ireland first up.  Never mind!  Adventures!

Of course, first thing we did was stop at a castle.  It was a pretty castle.


At first, we thought the castle was closed (because the sign out the front said it was closed, which is generally a dead giveaway), but it was very kindly opened for us, and we got to look inside.
Mostly at stairs and murder holes.  Seriously, those stairs were brutal.


They say they curve to the right so you can swing a sword more freely defending downwards than attacking upwards. I’m just impressed at anyone using a sword in that space.

I learned quite a lot about castle defense while I was there, from the strategic placement of murder holes (which is still one of my favourite phrases of all time), to the shape of the outside wall, so missiles dropped will bounce off towards the enemy (which is frankly kind of ingenious).
The banqueting hall is no longer there, but at the time, it was situated over the river.  The Chieftain was said to have had a trap door, over which he seated people he didn’t really like and through which he could drop them into the river if he so chose.
It’s the little perks that make being chieftain great.

Photo break!


We saw this guy just on the side of the road. We couldn’t read the sign to see the exact story, though.


Slightly greener and more rolling hills.


Sheep! They colour-code their sheep here, with different coloured splotches on different parts of the sheep, so that you can always tell whose sheep is whose.


This is what we like to call “a vista” or “impressive” or “damned hard to get a photo of which properly conveys the size of this mountain”.


OK, back to it… 

Kylemore Abbey.  Built by a man for his wife, with the money he inherited from his father, who was a businessman in America.

It looks like this.


“I love you. Have a castle.”

Unfortunately, she didn’t get to enjoy it for very long; she died of dystentery in Egypt three years later.  He kept the house, though, with its huge gardens and all its staff, and was buried next to her in the mausoleum thirty-six years later.  Apparently, he tried to sell it to King Edward, who refused because the upkeep of the castle was too expensive for a King.
It was bought as a wedding gift for a duchess, whose husband gambled and lost it.  Later, it was bought by the Benedictine nuns, who used it as an abbey and school.  It’s still in use as an abbey today, though there are very few nuns left, and the school has been closed because of this.
The gardens look like this.


Imagine this in Spring, when all the flowers are blooming…

There used to be 21 greenhouses, kept warm with a hot water irrigation system, so the couple could have exotic fruit any time of the year.

And then, we went to the Cliffs of Moher.

I have no good photos of this, and this makes me very, very sad.  Dad has some, but I do not.
Here’s the best one I have right now.


I feel ashamed of this photograph

I’ll have to try and post another one when Dad e-mails me his.  Because oh wow.
And we saw puffins.  Puffins are cute.

But really, the highlight of this trip wasn’t the castles or the history, really.
It was the second night of the trip, when we were in the pub having dinner.  Suddenly, musicians started filtering into the pub.  We came around and bought a drink and sat at a table, feeling tired after a long day of gallivanting, and just having one more before we headed home.

Except then, the musicians started playing.  We’d stumbled into the first night of a music festival in Spidéal, and the middle of a trad session.  We proceeded to listen to traditional Irish music, played live by a group of people just sitting around in a pub.  A group of highly skilled and talented people just sitting around in a pub.
And we got to join in the singing.
Currently, this has been my favourite part of the whole journey, because it’s the unexpected, human things that make a trip amazing.