Sunday, 16 April 2017

Tau Ceti Mission - 00:00:09 - Finding the Right Words


Nine seconds after his reemergence, Seb ponders the role of language in his current situation:

http://www.taucetimission.com/2017/04/000009-finding-right-words.html

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Cthulhu T-shirt on Etsy



Check out this cool Cthulhu t-shirt on my Etsy store:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/286451461/cthulhu-t-shirt

Its available in sizes small to XXXL and the artwork is by the fantastically talented Luciana Nedelea - you can discover more of her artwork here:

https://www.facebook.com/LucianaNedeleaArt/?fref=ts



Monday, 10 April 2017

Whatever it Takes - Keep Flying T-Shirt



Whatever it takes - Keep on flying with this t-shirt from the Magic Owl Collection.

Original artwork by Katie Stewart.

Available in sizes Small to XXXL.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/490369412/keep-flying-t-shirt

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Tau Ceti Mission - 00:00:04 - The Core of Understanding

Image credit: http://nitrox72.deviantart.com/art/Multidimensional-Hypergeometry-79778464
In the fourth second of his new existence Seb is introduced to multi-dimensional mathematics:

http://www.taucetimission.com/2017/04/000004-core-of-understanding.html



Guest Post - Mestlven - A Tale from Perilisc by Jesse Teller

In anticipation for the upcoming release of Mestlven - A Tale from Perilisc, Jesse Teller invites you to read an excerpt from the opening chapter.


Festival of The Pale

The Pale, the goddess of death, fixed her rotting eyes squarely on the city of Mestlven where grew a darkness, patient and terrible. Her murder lifted from the battlefields of Corlene to swoop and brood on Mestlven’s roofs and scream at her citizens. Enormous crows, two feet tall with four-foot wingspans, terrorized the city and ate her trash, her vermin, her dead. When those sources of rotting meat and bloated flesh ran out, the crows began hunting her young. The coming of the crows marked the goddess’s intent for the city to host her annual festival. The clergy of The Pale arrived in force while her citizens cringed and waited with dread.

Mort arrived in Mestlven on the eve of the festival, her garrote stashed in the cuff of her robe, her dagger hanging from her hip. She murmured the prayers of The Pale and witnessed the spectacle of the massive city. Built by a long-dead race of giants, the scale of the buildings reached beyond her understanding.

Her wagon lurched ahead, rumbling along the cobblestones. The idols it carried trembled. Navigating the hills and winding alleys of the city proved difficult. Citizens pressed in tight to see The Pale’s cloth march through their streets like the slow and steady onset of some plague. Hunched over the reins of the wagon, Mort was used to the way they stared, fear branded on every face. Her brown wool cloak, befitting a priestess of her rank, gave no hint of the trim body she hid within its folds. They could not hope to guess her size. With the grinning skull she had painted on her face, and the scowl their pie-eyed looks teased up from her, she knew their fear nearly crippled them. No city wished to host the Festival of The Pale, but for some reason the goddess’s considerable murder had chosen this town. Mort found her anticipation growing.

For long years she had been a brown robed priestess of The Pale. She longed for advancement within her order, for a better understanding of her goddess and a closeness to The Pale that had been lacking these past months. She thought again of her bishop’s groping hands and the rage they had inspired in her, and she felt at odds with her church’s leadership and its goals. She had never been chosen to attend the Festival of The Pale before, but she knew something grand was about to happen.

The Grim stalked ahead, the personification of The Pale in the world of man. She rode the great albino horse that never died, and a black fog issued from the hem of her rotting robes to crawl the ground in all directions, seeking out the corners and recesses of the city. She carried the staff that claimed everything before it. Mort had never been so close to The Grim, and her excitement for the festival brought her near to panting.

The procession stopped at the center of town. The Grim dropped heavy to the street beside her mount, and with a clawed hand, stroked the beast’s muscled flank. She shuffled forward, dragging her feet and leaning heavily on the staff until she reached the very center of the courtyard. There, she slowly lifted the staff a few inches from the ground and held it aloft.

“Wretched mother of death, we come to this place at this time to make tribute and receive tribute in your honor.” The Grim’s prayer broke across the air, dry like the rattling of bones. “I claim this city for the duration of the festival for you and your enjoyment.”

She slammed the staff into the ground. The street trembled as a circle of power exploded in all directions and embraced the entire city. The crows lifted into the air, screaming as they stained the Mestlven sky as black as a cloud of noxious gas issuing from a ruptured corpse.

Pre-order links:

https://www.amazon.com/Mestlven-Tale-Perilisc-Jesse-Teller-ebook/dp/B06X8YNCF1/

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/mestlven-a-tale-from-perilisc

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mestlven-jesse-teller/1125784678


About Jesse Teller

Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.

Author Links:

https://jesseteller.com/

https://www.facebook.com/PathtoPerilisc/

https://www.amazon.com/Jesse-Teller/e/B01G0ZB7JG/


https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15269506.Jesse_Teller

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Sun Dragon Book Trailer

I'm excited to announce that Sun Dragon now has an awesome book trailer - a big thanks to Ramon Marett for his quality work!


2012: NASA's Curiosity Rover lands on Mars to search for signs of whether microbial life existed on the planet.
2018: The first alien lifeform, a simple wormlike creature is discovered, gripping the world's imagination.
2022: The first manned mission to Mars begins the longest and most dangerous journey ever undertaken by humankind.
From hundreds of potential candidates, six astronauts from countries around the world are selected to crew the historic mission. Led by Commander Samantha Collins, they must travel across the gulf of interplanetary space, over 150 million miles from home and help. Their mission is to investigate alien life, but what they discover is far beyond what anyone ever imagined...

The Sun Dragon story continues in the Tau Ceti Mission

Review Highlights
"The crew went to Mars to find a small worm, evidence of life outside of earth. What they found was amazing. I love this premise and the uncompromising way it played out for the rest of the book."

"At the very end, there is one description that is so stunning that it left me with a great sadness, but also with a great sense of beauty and hope, and it is what Sun Dragon is, really. Look beyond the words, read the book with your imagination."

"I thoroughly enjoyed this. The level of detail about space flight is astounding and for someone, like me, who has fantasised about being an astronaut since I was a lad it's riveting."

Buy now from Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/ZRrQ5v
Buy now from Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/12zV5eX

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetaucetimission/

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Tau Ceti Mission - 00:00:03 - Shapes in the Dark


Seb discovers shapes within the virtual realm he's trapped in:

http://www.taucetimission.com/2017/03/000003-shapes-in-dark.html


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Five to Five Thousand Challenge - Gavin Smith

Author Gavin Smith is the latest to take the Five to Five Thousand Challenge and share his thoughts on what the future holds.

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When Michael told me about this blog I thought it sounded like a great idea.  I did, however, find it a little daunting.  Anyone who's read my work will know that I am much more a writer of adventure stories than I am a futurist, but the challenge appealed to me and I thought I would have a crack at it.  So here goes:

5 years from now - The Post Factual Age

Utilising new-media forms, propaganda, and just making-shit-up, old-style capitalist opportunists, often masquerading as white supremacists/nationalists, take control of, or destabilise certain strategic countries.   They encourage isolationist and divisive policies to dissuade a united resistance against corporate abuses and the increasing power of oligarchies.  They systematically de-regulate certain industries, whilst stripping a way the rights of the average person in the street.  This leads to a series of economic disasters and widespread civil disturbances

Land grabs in Eastern Europe and a series of proxy wars leaves the world constantly on the edge of a global conflict.  A resurgent Russia and China become the new superpowers, with India following closely behind, after Western Europe and America effectively self-sabotage.  The real power, however, are the multinational megacorporations.  Thanks to de-regulation many of them start hiring military contractors, effectively creating their own standing mercenary armies.


50 Years from now - The Post Capitalist Age (the Quiet Revolution)

Short termism and environmental neglect leaves the world on a knife-edge.  Oligarchs lock themselves in armed compounds whilst automated factories, that employ nobody, churn out goods that people can't afford.  As a result traditional economies begin to collapse.  Around the world, however, people start to opt out of a zero-sum game that they have absolutely no stake in.

Initially adopting E-commerce barter systems and then establishing a secure and stable cryptocurrency, small farming, craft and tech cooperatives start to trade amongst themselves.  This movement grows and grows, micro and crowd financing allows the tech and craft co-operatives to create mircrofacturing facilities.

Slowly the Quiet Revolution grows.  Disparate talents from all over the world come together online, forming think tanks on everything from alternative socioeconomics, to orbital engineering. 

At the same time as the Quiet Revolution is happening Pan-African cooperation increases and the continent experiences a period of prolonged stability and growth, finding itself able to (more) sustainably exploit its rich bounty of resources.     

Despite the Quiet Revolution, despite the stability in Africa, and despite the significant drop in population, the result of the knock-on effects of various economic disasters, wars and climate catastrophes, Earth's environment is still struggling.  Various think tanks around the world realise that for humanity to have a future they need to look beyond their own world.  Released of the profit-for-profit's sake/bottom line predatory form of capitalism, and motivated by the potential collapse of the Earth's ecosphere, tech co-operatives and science think tanks are able to make extraordinary breakthroughs.  Advances in the fields of warm fusion, carbon nano-fibres and super conductors lead to the largest and most ambitious engineering project in human history.  The Beanstalk: a huge cargo elevator that climbs from the plains of Africa high into orbit, providing a cost-effective and safer way for humanity to leave Earth and explore space.  Entirely crowd funded, the vast majority of humanity have a stake in the elevator, and profit from it.  Slowly, but surely humanity began to bootstrap its way out into the Solar System.



500 Years from now - The Posthuman Age

Humanity has colonised the Solar System and begun its first steps beyond that.  Advances in genetics, cybernetics and biotech have allowed humanity to technologically evolve to deal with the rigours of life in space and on other planets/moons.  Humanity now comes in a myriad of different shapes and forms.  Concepts like nationality have become irrelevant.  Approaching a post-scarcity society, humanity is engaged in a species wide cooperative bid to explore space.  Science, technology and the universe itself becomes the new metanarrative.

Seeing the mistakes they made with Earth, humans decide to mould themselves to the environment rather than terraform, when they colonise Mars.  Extensive automated aerostat gas mining operations take place in Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere.  Saturn also provides gas as well as ice from its rings.  The Earth itself is renewed, having been allowed time to recover from the depredations of the industrial era.  Cities are now wide-open, green areas.  Plant life and living space for reintroduced animals are designed into the architecture.

Physicist think tanks 'peopled' by AI, cybernetic and genetically enhanced intellects plumb the mysteries of the universe.  Humanity's first interstellar expedition leaves the solar system amongst a wave of species-wide enthusiasm and excitement.  The expedition takes the form of a generation ship, effectively a city-sized interstellar habitat, propelled by a pusher plate using repurposed nuclear weapons.  It's destination: an 'Earth-like planet' orbiting Proxima Centauri.



5000 Years from now - The Post Science Age

What was once humanity has technologically evolved at an exponential rate.  A singularity of consciousness is achieved.  Able to observe quantum events, science becomes instinctual and difficult to differentiate from magic.

Advanced understanding of five dimensional physics allows post humanity to travel throughout the universe.  The make contact with alien species that they deem they will not negatively impact when they reveal their existence.  Many of these species are non-biological in nature.

Finally as all the secrets of the universe are unlocked by post-singularity consciousnesses, what was once humanity is faced with a choice.  Some choose to remain locked inside their bodies of designer flesh and technology, which take the form of everything from an entire artificial star system, to a diffuse network of femnites.  Others, however, chose to leave behind their flesh and tech bodies and use their consciousness to explore other realms.  The species that began existence as little more than a few cells of life in a shallow warm sea, moves on to the next adventure.  


"Hippy utopian bullshit?"  Well perhaps but if you've read any of my books then you'll know I've done my time at the dystopian coalface.  With some of the events unfolding in the world today I thought that I should write something upbeat. 

"Not the way that science, economics and human nature work?"  Again, perhaps, though I am fiction writer rather than a scientist, economist or sociologist.  What I am conscious of is that much that is in the 50 year section is within our grasp.  To achieve it comes down to a question of priorities, a question of human decisions.  What do we want?  Should we exist as a species to simply service oligarchies, a model we seem to be moving towards, or do we want to explore space?  "Inner and outer", to quote Bill Hicks.  I have no real problem with people being rich but when you look at the amount of capital that is locked up, doing so little, it is almost as if it has become an obscene prison for the oligarchs in question.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed the above flights of fancy, and thanks to Mike for the opportunity (to gain further understanding of my intellectual shortcomings).  If you do fancy something a little grittier then please check out my new novel: Hangman's Daughter (Bastard Legion Book 1), available on Kindle in the UK here and the US here and on Audiobook in the UK here and the US here.




Gavin G. Smith is the Dundee-born author of the hard edged, action-packed SF novels VeteranWar in HeavenThe Age of Scorpio and A Quantum Mythology, The Beauty of Destruction, as well as the short story collection Crysis Escalation and his most recent book, The Hangman’s Daughter (Book 1 of the Bastard Legion) is out now.   He has collaborated with Stephen Deas as the gestalt entity Gavin Deas on Empires: the First Battle and Elite Dangerous: Wanted. You can find out more about Gavin by visiting his website,  following him on Twitter @gavingsmith or Facebook.

Cthulhu Chess Set on Etsy


A 3D printed, hand painted Cthulhu inspired chess set with a board with two inch tiles.

“The Thing cannot be described - there is no language for such abysms of shrieking and immemorial lunacy, such eldritch contradictions of all matter, force, and cosmic order. A mountain walked or stumbled.

If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings; but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful.” 

All pieces have weighted bases and felt pads to protect the boards.

This is a unique chess set that would make an ideal gift for any Lovecraft fan.

Note that these sets are made to order and may take up to 6 weeks to despatch.

Pieces are hand painted so may vary slightly from the photos.

The board is sourced to order to match the selected piece colours so may vary from the one shown.

Original concept art by Luciana Nedelea and 3D modelling by Sergio Mengual.


 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/286454989/cthulhu-chess-set







Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Whatever it Takes - Keep flying T-Shirt


Whatever it takes... Keep Flying! with this inspirational t-shirt from the Magic Owl Collection.

Original artwork by Katie Stewart.

Available in sizes Small to XXXL.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/490369412/keep-flying-t-shirt


Monday, 16 January 2017

Book Review - The Evolutionary Void by Peter F Hamilton

I'll confess that I approached this final book in the Void trilogy with a little trepidation. The cause was my previous experience with the Night's Dawn trilogy - which was a fantastic read, but the ending fell a little flat for me. There was no need, this was a fantastic conclusion to the story. For me this has everything I look for in great sci-fi. There's some fascinating concepts here, mixed with good plot and characters. And for those who enjoy exotic weaponry, some well drawn fights.

The weakness of the story remains Edeard, and the dream within the void. Although these now fit into the wider plot more smoothly than for the previous books. It was also interesting to see how much of the conclusion was telegraphed from Inigo's dreams. It was also from these I caught a glimpse of where the story was heading.

Other aspects came as a surprise, and ratcheted up the tension of unfolding events. The pace of which far exceeded the previous books and really got things moving. In the previous books the number of different threads for the characters seemed excessive, but everything came together, without tripping over each other.

Carrying it all is the authors quality of writing. It's an accessible style which works when describing complex ideas, or mundane interactions between characters, and even arcane ship combat. He also creates a vivid world, with a complex set of ideas. I love a good story with aspects that are worth thinking about separately from the story, and in this, the book more than delivers.



Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent-- or facilitate --the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy--energy drawn from everything outside those boundaries: from planets, stars, galaxies... from everything that lives.

Meanwhile, the parallel story of Edeard, the Waterwalker -- as told through a series of addictive dreams communicated to the gaiasphere via Inigo, the First Dreamer -- continues to unfold. But now the inspirational tale of this idealistic young man takes a darker and more troubling turn as he finds himself faced with powerful new enemies -- and temptations more powerful still.

With time running out, a repentant Inigo must decide whether to release Edeard's final dream: a dream whose message is scarcely less dangerous than the pilgrimage promises to be. And Araminta must choose whether to run from her unwanted responsibilities or face them down, with no guarantee of success or survival. But all these choices may be for naught if the monomaniacal Ilanthe, leader of the breakaway Accelerator Faction, is able to enter the Void. For it is not paradise she seeks there, but dominion.

Click here to buy The Evolutionary Void from Amazon


Currently Reading - In The Devil's Dreams by Troy A. Scott


While visiting his mother at her secluded Waldport cabin, an English teacher is awoken in the night by screams. Something gigantic is heaving itself against the rickety front door, relentlessly pounding and scratching - and shrieking his name. The hideous creature seems to know everything about the man, and takes special interest in his wife’s deteriorating health.

On the other side of the world, a bleary-eyed detective works late, desperate to avoid the recurring dream of his fiancĂ©e’s murder. But when a bloodied child stumbles into the Pine Rest Police Department and collapses, the detective finds himself facing off against his worst nightmare.

In the Devil’s Dreams is the story of three broken people and the boy who links them. The lives and nightmares of the characters are elegantly interwoven, and the story is revealed through multiple points of view.

Click here to buy In The Devil's Dreams from Amazon


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Winged Serpent T-Shirt from the Magic Owl Collection

A winged serpent stretches its wings on this t-shirt from the Magic Owl Collection.

Original artwork by Katie Stewart.

Available in sizes Small to XXXL.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/505417543/winged-serpent-t-shirt



Saturday, 14 January 2017

Dark Eyes Print from Old Ones Productions


A high quality A3 print of the 'Dark Eyes' painting by Luciana Nedelea is available from the Old Ones Productions store on Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/505220337/dark-eyes-print

Friday, 13 January 2017

Dragon Flight T-Shirt From The Magic Owl Collection



A bronze dragon soars majestically on this t-shirt from the Magic Owl Collection.

Original artwork by Katie Stewart.

Available in black or white, and in sizes Small to XXXL.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/491522926/dragon-flight-t-shirt

Currently Reading - Synners by Pat Cadigan


In Synners, the line between technology and humanity is hopelessly slim. A constant stream of new technology spawns crime before it hits the streets; the human mind and the external landscape have fused to the point where any encounter with "reality" is incidental.

Click here to buy Synners from Amazon


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Cthulhu Chess Set Pieces Available From Shapeways


I'm pleased to announce that the pieces from the Cthulhu chess set are now available individually from Shapeways here:

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/old-ones-productions

Please note these are the raw 3D printed pieces - if you'd like a painted set then you can order one from my Etsy store here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/286454989/cthulhu-chess-set


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Edgar Allan Hippo T-Shirt from the Magic Owl Collection

Edgar Allan Hippo is one of the Famous Animals series from the Magic Owl Collection.

Original artwork by Katie Stewart.

Available in sizes Small to XXXL.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/489739608/edgar-allan-hippo-t-shirt



Discover the Famous Animals series in Katie Stewart's book: http://amzn.to/2jeHTbF



Guest Post - How to Write a Great Villain by NLJ

To celebrate the release of The Golden Sword, NLJ, has written a guest post about how to write a great villain:

How to Write a Great Villain

When I first became a writer, the hardest thing for me to do was to create conflict for my main character. I identified too much with her, and I was a perfectionist. I couldn’t bring her to make any mistakes or have any regrets. And the inhibition stifled my stories.

While I was in film school, I attended a film critique class taught by Leonard Maltin.  Paul Haggis visited as one of his guests, giving a private screening of his movie, Crash. Afterwards, he was available for Q and A.

I told him about my dilemma with writing and he gave me some very sobering advice. He told me that, in regards to the main character, I had to reach into myself and find 3 decisions that I would never want my character to make, and 3 fearful experiences that I never want my character to endure. Then, I had to put those very things into the story. It terrified me, but I tried it out. And I immediately saw the fruit.

Years later, I saw the Dark Knight, and was blown away by Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker. I started soaking up information on how to make a villain who was memorable and chilling. I soon realized that the information bore a lot of similarity to Haggis’ advice.  It was a great help to me while writing my first novel, since my story was a fantasy with dark elements.  In truth, all fiction genres need a great villain.

If you are aiming to write a well-crafted villain, here are three essential steps that I’ve learned:

Look in the mirror

There is a great book called Owning Your Own Shadow by Robert A. Johnson. In it, the author says that everyone has a dark side to their psyche and the only way to control it is to first embrace it as part of who you are. We all have primal, dark, disturbing aspects of ourselves that we hide from the world. And normally, we should hide them. But having a dark side does not make us monsters. It is part of the human experience.

Writing a villain is one of the few opportunities for that dark side to come out. Surprisingly, it’s not hard to find. It emerges when you are alone long enough or when someone has crossed the line with you. Each person has some familiarity with their dark side because they take the time to hide it from the rest of society.  Explore it while you are writing, but …when the writing is over, be sure to put it back where it belongs.

I meet so many horror writers that are the sweetest, most cheerful people ever, and it confused the crap out of me. Finally, I started asking them what the deal was. I got the same answer every time:
“It gets all the bad stuff out of me.”

No wonder they stay so happy!


Coddle your Wicked Darlings

As mentioned in step 1, having a dark side does not make us evil. Acting on it does. But if we are not acting on it, we should not judge ourselves for having dark thoughts, even dark desires. It is part of the human condition. Along the same lines, you cannot judge the villain you have created. When you judge your villain, you turn him into a 2 dimensional character. He becomes a cartoon with a handle bar mustache that ties innocent women to railroad tracks.  The rest of the world will judge and condemn your villain and they are supposed to. But for you, it will be different. You see, your villain doesn’t think he is a bad guy. He has a perfectly logical explanation as to why he is doing what he is doing. Your job is to know what that reason is, and to understand where he is coming from. You are not necessarily supposed to agree with him, but you are to empathize with him. This will make him deliciously awful.

Let me give you an example: In the Quick and the Dead, Herod (played by Gene Hackman) is supposed to be one of the greatest gunslingers in town. He competes in an elimination tournament with other gunslingers and the loser in each round typically dies. The next opponent on his list is the illegitimate son he abandoned years ago, and Herod feels conflicted. At first, he tries to get the kid to withdraw. That doesn’t work. Then he tries to humiliate him into withdrawing. That doesn’t work. Finally, they have their showdown. Herod kills the kid.

We already didn’t like him before. But we HATE him now. Why? Because in his mind, he thought he did everything he could to save his son’s life. He thinks he gave his son every opportunity to live. It’s not true, of course. He could have backed out of the match himself, hence taking personal responsibility of his own choices.  But in his mind, his own pride was not a factor and not a conflict. The writer took the time to really understand Herod’s values and the way that his mind works.

Open your Nightmares

Since you are already dipping into your dark psyche, and you are already accepting it as part of yourself, this part is pretty simple. Do you know all of those wicked things that you have always wanted to do but would never ever do because you’re too nice of a person (or because you hate conflict?)  Have your villain do those things.

I don’t recommend just finding the goriest thing you saw in the last slasher film and trying to top that. It’s pretty cheap.  Here’s the thing with realistic villains: A lot of the time, they have a very legitimate emotional need that is relatable to anyone. But they go about attaining that need in a very dysfunctional and unhealthy way.

If you were lonely, and you were desperate for love to the point where you didn’t care about societal propriety, how would you “obtain” love? Would you brainwash someone? Kidnap someone? Keep them as a pet? Would you assumed another identity to appear more loveable? In the context of writing, enjoy your dark playground.

NLJ is an author, screenwriter, inspirational speaker, and former children’s educator. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California, and furthered her education to include children’s literature, personal development, and psychology. Her debut book, The Golden Sword, is book one of her four part series, entitled the Chronicles of Drenyon. Her hobbies include daydreaming, exploring, and eating chocolate.



In the land of Drenyon...

There is a maiden who is so desperately lonely that she befriends a frightful-looking tree that lives outside her village. Her name is Anya. Her tree is enchanted, and every day she listens to its strange and troubling fables, unaware that they are prophecies in disguise. One day, she returns home from visiting the tree and the first of the fables comes to life, causing her entire village to burn to the ground. Now it's up to Anya to use the other fables to save the rest of her kingdom from the same destruction. And according to these fables, there is only one weapon that has the power to save her people: The Golden Sword.

Click here to buy The Golden Sword from Amazon

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Dragon Hoard T-Shirt From The Magic Owl Collection

A dragon sits proudly upon its golden hoard in this t-shirt from  the Magic Owl Collection.

Original artwork by Katie Stewart.

Available in sizes Small to XXXL.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/503008743/dragon-hoard-t-shirt

The Magic Owl Collection has now moved to Etsy - see the collection here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/OldOnesProductions?ref=l2-shopheader-name&section_id=20760544



Monday, 2 January 2017

Old Ones Productions Now Only On Etsy

Unfortunately 2017 isn't off to a great start for Old Ones Productions as I've had to close the online store. But this venture is far from over! From now on business will be conducted through the Etsy store here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/OldOnesProductions

Not all products will be moved over, so if there was something you're interested in from the old store that's not available in the new one, then just message me and I'll see what you can do.

And to sign off let me wish all customers, past, present, and future, a Happy New Year!





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