Wherein the blog gets a new look, the author makes a new promise, a new feature is introduced and, once again, an apology is offered

Although I don’t (think) I have as many ongoing projects as Miss Costa, things have certainly been pulling my attention away from the blog. The current project taking up the majority of my time is, of course, the Harlequin books. The first of which is undergoing a final spit polish before submission.

Today, however, has been a rare day. Today, I’m experiencing a lull in workload and decided to devote my time here while I still have some. Come 1st July, I will be participating in…stressing through my first Camp NaNoWriMo (completing Harlequin book two), but for now I’m going to enjoy some of your posts.

New Look

The observant amongst you will notice the nifty new look to the blog (what can I say? I love green). I’m trying it on for size and would love to hear your thoughts. I’m also on the lookout for someone to design a new header banner so if anyone knows an interested party, please let me know.


I love receiving comments from you all, they really do make my day. It means a lot to me that you all take the time to read and comment on my posts and I feel that I’m not giving them the attention they deserve. With that in mind, I am making a promise: all comments received will be responded to within 48 hours (spam comments excluded. Seriously, where is all this spam coming from?!). You’ve taken the time to write me, I need to make the time to write you back.

New Feature

You’re all well aware that a lot of my short fiction is the result of writing prompts and What-ifs. I love reading your prompts and I’ve even started writing my own. Every week, I will share a writing prompt for your enjoyment. There’s no competition, no rules, and no obligation to use it. It’ll be there if you want it.

The monthly recap of your posts will be returning at the end of the month along with my monthly pick of up-and-coming UK literary festivals.

And, finally:

An Apology

This probably should have been at the beginning of the post but I’ve always been taught that those things left until the end are the ones that stick with us. Over the last few months, I have received a number of blog award nominations from Naomi Harvey, Kate Loveton, Noelle Granger and Melissa Barker-Simpson. I am so grateful to all of you for your nominations and I want to offer my deepest apologies for not writing my acceptance posts; they will be coming in the very near future. For now, thank you all again for your nominations.

32 thoughts on “Wherein the blog gets a new look, the author makes a new promise, a new feature is introduced and, once again, an apology is offered

  1. No apology necessary, certainly not to me – I understand that other commitments take us away. It sounds like you’ve had your hands full!

    I like the green, and I won’t comment on the header as you’ll be developing that. I also like the sleek simplicity of it, though a few images would be nice, or bold text to point us in the direction of the menu (which is hidden until the icon is pressed). I know some people use this feature, it means the front is less crowded, but you could use something to point a reader immediately to your work without having to go searching. Just a few thoughts.

    I look forward to learning more about the new feature, and reading upcoming posts.

    1. Thanks. The menu thing is a real kick in the teeth for me. The previous look had an obvious menu which I liked. If I keep this theme, I may have to consider a static front page.

      1. Good idea, you can always have a link to the blog on the page (in addition to the menu). I’m sure the designers among us will have plenty of ideas. I personally like columns although, granted, they can make a site look cluttered.

        It’s a great start anyway – I look forward to seeing its evolution πŸ™‚

  2. Again, no need to apologise; other projects have kept me away from my own blog for the past several weeks too. Good luck with all that you’re doing, especially the first of the Harlequin books – drop me a line when it’s out and I’ll add it to my TBR and reviewed list.

  3. I really like the new look. Yeah, it took me a while to find the menu.
    And I am glad you are replying to comments. I’ve always thought that should be something you should do. πŸ˜€

  4. I’m liking the green, Chris, and also the idea that you’ll be coming up with regular writing prompts. I’m very much looking forward to trying some of them out πŸ™‚

    And thank you so kindly for the shout-out at the top of your post, you are a fine example of an English gentleman and I salute you, kind sir ❀

    1. You’re not going to let the matter of me thinking you were a “Yank” drop, are you?

      Anyway, you’re welcome and I’m looking forward to reading your responses to my prompts.

  5. Love the new look, but then green is a favorite color. No apology necessary – but the awards are well deserved. You are an amazing writer. I may have one more for you…but as I’ve heard somewhere, ‘Dinna fash yourself.’ NaNoWriMo is more important. Can’t wait to see what you write at camp!

    1. ‘Dinnae fash yerself’ I haven’t heard that in years. It gave me a chuckle. Thank you for your understanding and thank you for all your support.

      I’m actually in the process of reading your book as we speak.

      Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

  6. I too have had a number of nominations, and I too have not had the time to respond to them. It makes me feel very guilty and I know how you feel. At least you’re going to get round to them at some point… I don’t think I will in all honesty.

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