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Weekly Update (26.03.2017) Of Short Stories and Sickness

Currently reading: Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan Novel Weekly Word Count: 3905 Short Story Weekly Word Count: 464 Review Word Count: 566 Fanfiction Word Count: 717 As you can see, I've decided to add a few more word counts to my weekly updates to give both you and me a better idea of what… Continue reading Weekly Update (26.03.2017) Of Short Stories and Sickness

Short Stories

Vampires of War

I got the idea from a big prompt list of supernatural beings and found it quite intriguing. I used the common idea of vampires being revealed in modern society and combined it to ask the question: how long would it take for humans to decide that vampires make great 'human shields' in wars? After all,… Continue reading Vampires of War

Reviews, Vampire Novels


Originally, I wasn't going to cover sequels in my reviews as I might not have as much to say about them regarding world building. Then, I remembered that all books have to stand on their own, even if they're part of a series, and sequels have the task of developing the world beyond one book's… Continue reading Betrayed

Reviews, Vampire Novels

Anno Dracula

This is one of my absolute favourite modern vampire books. Not only does it paint a richly detailed alternate universe but does an excellent job of making vampires seem real. Here's an extract: 'Character The book flits between multiple points of view so it’s difficult to narrow down the characters that need to be discussed.… Continue reading Anno Dracula

Novels, On Writing, Vampire Novels

Weekly Update (06.11.2016)

Currently reading: Vampires, Zombies and Philosophy edited by Richard Greene and K Silem Mohammad Weekly Fiction Word Count: 2050 Review Word Count: 2736 Oops, I nearly forgot to make a blog post today. That's why it's so late in the day. Sorry about that. I'm making excellent time with my review. I've finished the first… Continue reading Weekly Update (06.11.2016)

Novels, On Writing, Reviews, Vampire Novels

Weekly Update 30.10.2016

Currently reading: Vampires, Zombies and Philosophy edited by Richard Greene and K Silem Mohammad Weekly Word Count: 2115 Review Word Count: 364 Well, going back to the old strategy of giving myself a word target seems to have worked. I got over 200 words written down in some form or other at any rate but,… Continue reading Weekly Update 30.10.2016

Reviews, Vampire Novels

Blood and Ice

This was another charity shop find. It came from the same charity shop as Marked actually. I liked it a lot the first time I read it. I still like it but I have to admit that, from a critical standpoint, it's not the best. Here's an excerpt: 'Character I must say, the nineteenth century characters proved… Continue reading Blood and Ice

Novels, On Writing, Reviews, Vampire Novels

Weekly Update (02.10.2016)

Currently (re)reading: Blood and Ice by Robert Masello Weekly Word Count: 2222 Review Weekly Word Count: 760 I've at least come to the end of the scene I was stuck on this week and I think I'll do a scene change straight to the next action rather than attempt what could be a clunky and… Continue reading Weekly Update (02.10.2016)