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Jon Cronshaw's Author Diary

Jon Cronshaw's Author Diary

By Jon Cronshaw
Jon Cronshaw shares the ups and downs of his life as a visually impaired science fiction and fantasy author.

The British journalist turned independent author released his debut novel Wizard of the Wasteland in June 2017.

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161 - October 25, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, next series, Throne of Glass, Alan Partridge
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October 24, 2020
160 - October 18, 2020
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02:23
October 17, 2020
159 - October 11, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, tedious fiction, Throne of Glass, South Park
Welcome to Jon’s Author Diary for the week ending October 11, 2020. We’re still in local lockdown, but I’ve been keeping my head down and getting on with Judgement, which is book 20 of The Ravenglass Chronicles. The first draft is complete and I’m about 3,000 words from the end of my second. It’s such a strange feeling knowing I’ve got one more episode to write. But it’s okay as I already have plans for my next series. It’s going to be set in the same universe, but focused around a gang of thieves turned reluctant assassins. It’ll have all the craziness you’ve come to expect from The Ravenglass Chronicles, with wyverns and magical realms, but with a focus on a male protagonist and the Ostreich Empire’s gritty underworld. Black Death If you’ve been following my author diaries for a while, you might recall I was working on a post-apocalyptic trilogy with a co-author, Lynn Sheridan. I’m pleased to say that he’s done with the first book and is almost complete with his work on the second book, so we should have a final version of the Black Death trilogy ready for the editor by Christmas….hopefully! We started working on this project in late-2017, so it’s weird putting the finishing touches to a series about a pandemic given what 2020 has handed us. Throne of Glass Finally, I’ve been reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. A few readers had said how The Ravenglass Chronicles shares elements with the story, so I thought I’d check it out. As I’ve not been able to get into fiction since the start of lockdown, I’ve really enjoyed getting back into fantasy (I’ve read the first three books over the past week and am enjoying book 4, Queen of Shadows). I can see the parallels in terms of some of the story elements, but it’s also very different. If you’ve not read it and enjoy YA fantasy, I’d highly recommend the series . If you’ve got any recommendations for similar stuff, let me know. Take care, Jon
05:21
October 10, 2020
158 - October 4, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, Blackpool, Throne of Glass, His Dark Materials, The Immortality Key, Graham Hancock, Joe Rogan
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending October 4, 2020. It’s been a mixed bag of the week. I’ve been working on Judgement, which is the penultimate episode of The Ravenglass Chronicles. I’m pulling together all the story threads for the final episode. I had hoped to have finished the series by now, but 2020 has thrown everyone’s plans asunder it would seem. Although we’re in local lockdown, we did manage to celebrate our son’s eighth birthday with Super Mario LEGO and a trip to Blackpool. If you listen to my Author Diary podcast, you’ll know that we scrambled before the local lockdown came in to make sure he had a birthday party with his best friends. This year’s been hard enough for the kids, and I was determined to make his birthday as fun as it could be given the circumstances. Over the past few weeks we’ve been watching the His Dark Materials TV series on BBC iPlayer, which is tremendous. Although we’ve watched movies and TV shows as a family before, we’ve never watched anything like a long-form drama together, so it was really nice to cuddle up on the sofa and watch with my guide dog keeping my feet warm. Finally, The Sun, episode 19 of The Ravenglass Chronicles, is now available. Click HERE to grab your copy.
04:40
October 3, 2020
157 - September 27, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, Terry Pratchett, Pirates, Raising Steam, Stephen R. Donaldson, NaNoWriMo
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06:03
September 26, 2020
156 - September 20, 2020 - Local lockdown, The Ravenglass Chronicles, The Return of Odin, Hidden Wisdom, The Craft of Scene Writing, Murder Your Darlings
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06:17
September 19, 2020
155 - September 13, 2020 - The Sun, The Ravenglass Chronicles, Hidden Wisdom, What is Zen, The Unfettered Mind, Alan Partridge
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04:51
September 12, 2020
154 - September 6, 2020 - The Sun, The Ravenglass Chronicles, back to school, potential pivot, adjusting to new routine, The Finding of the Third Eye, the Occult Book, Mysterious Beings, David Icke,
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09:58
September 5, 2020
153 - August 30, 2020 - The Sun, The Ravenglass Chronicles, the Sci-Fi Roundtable, Zecharia Sitchin, Operation Trojan Horse, Ray Bradbury, Lancaster brewery, back-to-school prepping
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending August 30, 2020. That's right, it’s the end of August. I cannot believe we already here—what a strange year 2020 has been. This week I've continued writing The Sun, episode 19 of The Ravenglass Chronicles. I’ve just finished writing chapter nine, so it’s coming along nicely. I'm still getting used to the new way of writing where instead of racing through my first draft and spending weeks and weeks turning into something palatable, I’m doing that instead on a scene-by-scene basis, making sure each chapter is ready for the editor before moving onto the next one. There are three episodes left to write, including this one, and it feels like everything is starting to come together with the story. The pieces are in place, questions get answered, and there are a few major revelations on the way that have even surprised myself! Next week, my wife and son go back to school for the first time since mid-March (my son’s seven and my wife is an English teacher). Since lockdown, I’ve been doing my writing for three hours a day on weekdays, so it’s going to be quiet in the house, and strange to have all those extra hours at my disposal. I’d like to think I’ll get much more writing done, but there’s Parkinson’s Law to contend with which states that work always expands to fill the time available! Podcasting I hosted this week’s episode of the Sci-Fi Roundtable podcast on the topic of monsters in the mainstream. Shane Thomas, Stephanie Barr, Adam Stump, Jen Ponce, and I discussed demons, dragons, the fae, zombies…and humans. It was a fun episode as ever. Visit: anchor.fm/sci-fi-roundtable to listen now, or subscribe on your favourite podcast app. On this week’s author diary podcast, I talk about some of my ideas for my next fantasy series, my thoughts on the Ray Bradbury Challenge, Zecharia Sitchin, and an update on my co-authored Black Death series. Visit: anchor.fm/joncronshawto listen now, or subscribe on your favourite podcast app. Visit subscribepage.com/ravenglass to join the VIP mailing list. You will receive free stories and be first to know about new releases.
11:43
August 29, 2020
152 - August 23, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, home studio, Zecharia Sitchin, Neil Gaiman, LeVar Burton Reads, the Ray Bradbury Challenge
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05:08
August 22, 2020
151 - August 16, 2020 - The Moon, The Ray Bradbury Challenge, Zecharia Sitchin, The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean, The Kabalion, eBay scams
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06:38
August 15, 2020
150 - August 9, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, The Sun, The Lost Book of Enki, Gods of Eden, Occult America
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06:16
August 8, 2020
149 - August 2, 2020 - The Moon complete! The Power of Habit, Restoration London, The Lost World of Ancient America, Scam Me if you Can
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10:29
August 1, 2020
148 - July 26, 2020 - holiday, Eurovision, Aladdin, NLP, The Moon, Sci-Fi Roundtable
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04:12
July 25, 2020
147 - July 19, 2020 - Cleric of the Wasteland is live! The Moon, bathroom, Robert Bauval, Robert Schoch, Seth Godin, The Ravenglass Chronicles, Blinkist, Morecambe and Lancaster Speakers
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07:42
July 18, 2020
146 - July 12, 2020 - Low energy, The Moon, John Truby, Brian McClellan, Cleric of the Wasteland, The Ravenglass Chronicles, warts
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07:41
July 11, 2020
145 - July 5, 2020 - Cleric of the Wasteland, The Ravenglass Chronicles, Personal MBA, The Emotional Craft of Fiction, Graham Hancock, Powder Mage, shopping with a guide dog
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09:15
July 4, 2020
144 - June 28, 2020 - Writer's block, Cleric of the Wasteland, The Confidence Game, Sci-Fi Roundtable, Finding Flow, The Ravenglass Chronicles, Quarter three goals
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending June 28, 2020. This week I had what I can only describe as writer’s block. Yes, the dreaded writer's block. I always thought that writer’s block was a myth, that it is something that only happens to authors who don’t have a plan going in. On last week’s Author Diary podcast, I talked about an experiment to write by the seat of my pants, to going in without a plan…and lo! Writer’s block reared its ugly head. Many authors have told me they go in without a plan, that they follow their characters’ lead. I do this, but I also have an outline. The first few days felt liberating. I followed my gut, the story seemed to flow out of me…, and then I stopped. The cursor blinked. It kept blinking. I tried to sleep on it. However, the words didn’t come. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was a failed experiment, because I learned a lot about my process. I’m an outliner. I need a plan. My plans are pretty loose, maybe a sentence per chapter. But without that, I can’t seem to get through the story and the writing suffers on a sentence-level as a result. At least I know where my strengths and weaknesses are, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time. Magic systems I’m a huge fan of magic systems. A magic system done well is almost as satisfying as a great story. If those two things are combined—well, therein lays genius. On the latest episode of The Sci-Fi Roundtable podcast, I’m joined by Shane Thomas, Ken Goudsward, and Geoff Habinger to talk all about magic systems. We discuss Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Terry Pratchett, and J. K. Rowling. Plus, I go into a lot of detail about the magic system I developed for The Ravenglass Chronicles, and some influences which will probably be obvious if you’ve read Temperance. You can find the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcast, or through your favourite podcast app (I like Podcast Addict on Android). Alternatively, you listen directly at anchor.fm/sci-fi-roundtable. Cleric of the Wasteland The fourth and final book in my post-apocalyptic Wastelandseries is almost ready for release. All being well, the book should go live on July 18. If you’ve not read my Wasteland books before, you can get the first three books for just 99c/99p for a limited time on Kindle, or read for free on Kindle Unlimited. Click HERE. Blind Gambit Finally, my gamelit novel Blind Gambit is free today on Kindle. Think Ready Player One if the main character was blind, written from the perspective of a severally visually impaired writer. Click HERE to grab your copy. Happy reading! Jon
08:07
June 27, 2020
143 - June 21, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, Dean Wesley Smith, J Thorn, Brian McClellan, Joe Rogan, Bret Weinstein
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending June 21, 2020. After the intensity of last week getting Cleric of the Wasteland ready for the editor, I decided to take this week off. That lasted about two days before I started getting twitchy! So, I started work on The Moon (episode 18 of The Ravenglass Chronicles). I’m five chapters in and I’m using a different method to write than usual. Instead of working from an outline, I thought I’d try writing on the seat of my pants. It’s scary, as I’ve honed my method over the past decade of writing. But it’s an experiment to see whether I can do it. I’m not sure if it will work. I may end up halfway through, realise it sucks, and go back to my old way of doing things. As a process, it feels weirdly liberating. I’m letting Kat and the tarot cards guide the story. I’m little more than a stenographer along for the ride at this point. Let’s see how it goes… The Star is now live! Episode 17 of The Ravenglass Chronicles is now available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. Click HERE to grab your copy. This means we’re closing in on the final leg of the story. Based on my current trajectory, I’m hoping to have The World (episode 21) out by autumn. I’ll then turn my attention to writing you a free novella called Dawn of Assassins, which will be a prequel to my next series in the Ravenglass Universe. I’m thinking of my next series as the midpoint between Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, and Brent Weeks. Imagine roguish thieves turned reluctant assassins…with wyverns—can’t forget the wyverns. Sins of Empire I read Brian McClellan’s book Sins of Empire this week, which I highly recommend. It’s a regency-era epic fantasy with guns, gods, and great characters. It’s the second trilogy in his Powder Mage series (which is up there as one of my all-time favourites). Because of the lockdown, I’ve not been in the right headspace to read fiction, so it’s been wonderful to enjoy a good story well told. What are you reading at the moment? Can you recommend any fantasy series set in the 18thor 19th centuries? Take care, Jon
07:54
June 20, 2020
142 - June 14, 2020 - Cleric of the Wasteland complete, The Star, Red Land Black Land, The Giants Who Ruled America
Welcome to Jon’s Author Diary for the week ending June 14, 2020. Woohoo! It’s taken a while, but the final draft of Cleric of the Wasteland is done and ready for the editor. I started work on this book in winter 2017, so it feels good to finally be done and ticked off my list of open projects. It’s been an intense week of getting up at 5 AM each day to get it done. But it’s done and that’s what counts. As for The Ravenglass Chronicles, I received The Star (episode 17) edited and proofread. I’m going to give it a final look over and then get it up on Amazon for June 20. I’ve had a few readers ask me when I plan to finish the series. The Ravenglass Chronicles is based on the tarot’s major arcana, which has 22 cards. This means there will be 21 episodes in the main series with The Fool representing card zero as the prequel. The means that I should have the series wrapped up by the autumn. Of course, my long-term plan is to write many more books in the Ravenglass Universe (there are the minor arcana cards too!) Take care, Jon
07:25
June 13, 2020
141 - June 7, 2020 - Cleric of the Wasteland progress, Ancient Egypt, home-schooling, 5am club
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03:33
June 6, 2020
140 - May 31, 2020 - Cleric of the Wasteland progress, Egypt update, Sins of Empire, Creativity, Sci-Fi Roundtable
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09:50
May 30, 2020
139 - May 24, 2020 - Two releases in one week, Cleric of the Wasteland progress, 5am club, lockdown eased, Egypt, Powder Mage
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06:41
May 23, 2020
138 - May 17, 2020 - Blind Reset launch, The Tower launch, lockdown birthday, Venus, Cleric of the Wasteland, Influence, Pre-suasion
Welcome to Jon’s Author Diary for the week ending May 17, 2020. Something happened this week that felt like a massive weight was lifted off my shoulders, like a huge ball of tension burst. Some of the lockdown restrictions were lifted here in England on Wednesday, so I’ve been taking advantage of being able to go outside more than once a day. However, that wasn’t what relieved the tension. It was my birthday on Tuesday. I celebrated in true author in lockdown style by releasing a book and eating pizza. It’s the second time I’ve released a book on my birthday, and, if I’m being honest, it’s probably not the best idea, especially when the book in question didn’t exactly do well. No. The thing that did it was a chiming melody coming down our street and an ice cream van stopping outside our house. We all had a 99 (which for those unfamiliar is whippy ice cream on a cone with a chunk of Cadbury’s Flake sticking out of it. This was the best ice cream I’ve ever had. I’m not kidding. Sure, it tasted like every other 99 I’ve ever had, but this one brought huge smiles. And, I can’t believe I’m writing this, when I reflected on it I ended up shedding a few tears. Crazy, right? Of course, it was probably a whole bunch of tension about everything coming out, but for me it signified we’d passed an important point. We are now in a world where when an unexpected treat is possible, where spontaneity is possible. When you’re planning your meals out two weeks in advance and the days seem to blend into one, a little thing like an ice cream van turning up unexpectedly represented something hopeful to me. I hope wherever you are things are starting to look better. Two releases This week saw me release two books! I launched Blind Reset, which is the second book in my Gambit duology—a GameLit series about dealing with going blind. The Tower, book 16 of The Ravenglass Chronicles, just went live in the Kindle store. Click HERE to grab your copy. You can read both titles on Kindle Unlimited. Writing update I’ve sent The Star, episode 17 of The Ravenglass Chronicles, to my editor and have turned my attention to redrafting Cleric of the Wasteland, which will be the fourth novel in my Wastelandseries. I wrote the first draft a year ago and I have to admit it feels very odd going back to that series. It’s a story I started writing in 2016, and so it’s been a bit of shift to get back into Abel’s head. That being said, the writing is going well enough. It’s a slow process, but I’m 20 percent through the redraft. It’s just a case of working on a few thousand words each day until it’s complete. This is part of my 2020 aim to clear all my open projects before moving onto my new series next year. Looking forward If you missed my author diary podcast last week, I talked about my plans for my next series when Kat’s journey ends. I’ve really enjoyed using the tarot’s major arcana to inspire the story. I’ve decided to keep going with the tarot influence and move on to the tarot’s suit cards—swords, cups, wands, and coins. The new stories will be set in the Ravenglass Universe with new characters and new locations. My head is filled with ideas for a series featuring a pair of thieves turned reluctant assassins. And, of course, there’s always room for more wyverns. Take care, Jon
09:32
May 16, 2020
137 - May 10, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, Cleric of the Wasteland, Blind Reset, Black Death, Millionaire Fast-lane, Scott Adams
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10:49
May 9, 2020
136 - May 3, 2020 - The Star first draft, The Ravenglass Chronicles, Minor Arcana, Race Across the World, economics, Rich Dad Poor Dad, chess
Welcome to Jon’s Author Diary for the week ending May 3, 2020. As I write this, I’ve just finished my first draft of The Star, book 17 of The Ravenglass Chronicles. Book 16, The Tower is currently with the editor, so I’m hoping to get that released as soon it is proofread, which should be some time over the next week or two. My novel Blind Reset, the follow-up to my GameLit novel/mediation on disability Blind Gambit, is also being edited, and should be back for the final proofread next weekend. I don’t have a release date set, but as soon as it’s ready, I’ll get it out to the world. Blind Reset will be the second and final book in that series as I’ve told the story I wanted to and anything else will be padding for sake of it. If you’ve been following along with my Author Diary podcast, you’ll know that I came to a decision about the future of The Ravenglass Chronicles. Kat’s story is told using the cards of the tarot’s major arcana—22 cards equals 22 episodes (including the prequel). I’ve built quite a world and magic system, and have a lot of stories I still want to tell in that universe. So once the final book of the current series is done and Cleric of the Wasteland is released, I’m going to carry on writing in the Ravenglass Universe. It’s an ambitious aim, but I’m going to start writing series based on the minor arcana—four suits containing 14 cards. This means four series of 14 novellas. By the time I’ve finished, I will have written 78 novellas. So this one’s going to keep me busy for the next few years. With the backlog projects (three non-fiction books, two novels, and a collaborative trilogy) behind me next year, I’ll be able to focus my full attention on getting the stories out on a more consistent basis. I’m excited and daunted by the prospect. But I love a good challenge! Yours, Jon
09:40
May 2, 2020
135 - April 26, 2020 - lockdown, mental health, Forbidden Archaeology, Ancient Aliens, Scott Adams, economics MasterClass
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06:45
April 25, 2020
134 - April 19, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles progress, Blind Reset, Cleric of the Wasteland, Black Death trilogy, Dan Brown, Tiger King
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending April 19, 2020. I have had a busy week, working hard to get my redraft of The Tower, episode 16 of The Ravenglass Chronicles written. It’s now ready for the editor. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be working on episode 17, The Star, and on getting Blind Reset proofread and ready for publication, hopefully by June. And, then, I need to redraft Cleric of the Wasteland. My goal for this year was to clear the backlog of open projects. So far, I’ve completed two non-fiction titles (The Stoic Writer and Podcasting for Authors) out to the world, Blind Reset redrafted, and three episodes of The Ravenglass Chronicles written. There’s still the Black Death trilogy lingering in the background, but I’m not sure how much of an appetite there’s going to be for a series about a worldwide pandemic.   Podcasting I appeared on a few podcasts this week—Too Young Cinema Club and Sci-Fi Roundtable. Too Young Cinema Club is a podcast about movies you watched when you were far too young that had a lasting impact. For me, that movie is Terminator 2: Judgement Day, which I first saw when I was about nine or ten. During the podcast, it dawned on me just how much that movie inspired the way I tell stories. Which movies did you watch when you were too young that stuck with you? Visit: spreaker.com/show/too-young-cinema-club   On the Sci-Fi Roundtable, we discussed time travel (which inevitably led to a discussion about Terminator 2). It was a fun times as usual! Visit: sfrtpodcast.libsyn.com  
07:46
April 18, 2020
133 - April 11, 2020 - The Devil launch, The Tower, teaching son guitar, home-schooling, walking, The Black Swan, Dan Brown, Fleabag
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending April 12, 2020. It’s been another busy week of lockdown. I've kept on with my schedule of writing in the mornings then home-schooling my son in the afternoons. His guitar lessons are going really well. He’s getting the chords quite quickly and has got some strumming patterns down. I’ve taught him how to use a plectrum and started work on his first scale. It’s surprising how fast he learns. He's seven, so he's basically a sponge at this age. I love seeing his face when something clicks and he can do something he couldn’t before. I'm really proud of him for that. We’ve definitely been enjoying the sunshine this week. It’s finally started to feel like spring. The sun’s been shining and winter seems like a distant memory. We’ve been going out for walks each day. A few days ago, we took a walk along Morecambe prom and down the stone jetty to watch the tide coming in. Taking a moment to get outside and appreciate nature is necessary in these testing times.   Book 15 is now live! This week, I’ve been working on my first draft of The Tower, which is episode 15 of The Ravenglass Chronicles. Things are ramping up towards what I’m seeing as the final act (episodes 17-21) of the series. In the meantime, episode 15, The Devil, is now live. As ever, I’ve kept the price down as low as I can—it’s 99p/99c or equivalent, or its available to read free on Kindle Unlimited.   Click HERE to get your copy. The Devil has received the most pre-orders of any book I’ve released, so thanks to everyone who pre-ordered. It really means a lot to me.   Happy Easter! I hope you’re having a hood weekend, especially if you’re celebrating Easter. For lent, I gave up alcohol, chocolate, cake, biscuits, and bread. I’m sure my waistline has thanked me during this time being stuck at home, as I may have drifted into the habit of drinking far too much ale and gorging on German cookies. Mmmm… It’s going to be a different kind of Easter for my son this year as we’ve not been able to buy him an Easter egg. The shops are only stocking ‘essentials’ apparently, so no Easter eggs for us. We did manage to buy beer and gin though, so I guess alcohol is essential.
05:33
April 11, 2020
132 - April 5, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles progress, quarter two goals, Blind Reset, Cleric of the Wasteland, Terry Pratcnett, Ancient Egypt
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending April 5, 2020. Hasn't it been a strange couple of weeks? I hope you're keeping safe and you’re doing your part to keep this virus from spreading. My family and I have been isolating since March 17. We’re using the time to home-school our son. My wife is teaching him in the mornings so I can get on with my writing, and I am teaching in the afternoons. My son now knows a lot about Medieval England and I’ve introduced to Horrible Histories. We've been working out ways that our son can interact with his school friends. He got quite upset when the schools closed and he realised it might be several weeks or months before he gets to play with his friends again. This has involved him writing letters and doing video calls. I can't imagine how strange it must be for him. Instead of treating this period as dead time, I’ve decided I’m going teach my son how to play guitar. I've been playing since I was ten, and it’s something I planned to teach him when he turned ten. Nevertheless, fate has bought us an opportunity to do a few years earlier. So far, he can strum an E minor and pluck the strings in time. I haven't told him yet how much practice he’ll need to do before he gets good!   Writing progress Blind Reset is now ready for its final edit. I’ve decided that this is going to be a two-book series. Never say never, but Blind Gambit was a book I wrote in 2018 to explore my feelings about going blind, mixed with a fun sci-fi tale. It's the most personal thing I've written, but unfortunately, it's also the worst performing book I have in terms of sales. I finished my final draft of The Devil, book 15 of the Ravenglass Chronicles, so that is now with the editor. I'm also five chapters into the first draft of The Tower, which is book 16. The Tower looks like it's going to be quite a long episode. There's going to be another big game changer (like we saw at the ends of book four and book eleven), before we head into the final episodes of the series. When you look at The Tower tarot card, it's quite a horrific image. It's a card about chaos—so, expect chaos.   Oxsight Prism Last month, I asked to send me your ideas for ways to raise money towards a pair of Oxsight Prism glasses, which will improve my lost peripheral vision. The glasses cost £4,000/$5,000 and I had some great suggestions about how I can raise the cash. Some people suggested that I write an exclusive story and raise money through Kickstarter. Some suggested in-person events and book signings. A few of you suggested that I make T-shirts and mugs related to the series or fancy in general. The idea with the least amount of friction was to ask readers simply to share a link to my books with friends on social media, etc. I spoke about it on last week’s Author Diary podcast, but I'm going to put fundraising on hold until the world gets back to normal. Hopefully, that won't be too far away. Visit: subscribepage.com/ravenglass to join the VIP mailing list. You will receive free stories and be first to know about new releases.
06:09
April 4, 2020
131 - March 29, 2020 - LOCKDOWN, Horrible Histories, homeschooling, The Ravenglass Chronicles, Earth Ancients
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04:37
March 28, 2020
130 - March 22, 2020 - Coronavirus, prepping, homeschooling, self-isolation, consuming news, The Ravenglass Chronicles, Oxsight glasses
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08:24
March 21, 2020
129 - March 15, 2020 - Blind Reset, The Devil, Oxsigh Prism glasses, Terry Pratchett, 1177bc, The Art of Possibility
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending March 15, 2020. I finally finished the second draft of Blind Reset…finally. That took so much more effort than it needed. I ended up adding about 20,000 words to the manuscript. But it’s done and ready for…draft number three! Fans of The Ravenglass Chronicles will be no doubt glad to hear that I’ve switched b to working on my draft of episode 15, The Devil. I’ve cleaned up the scenes I’ve already drafted and gone over my outline to make sure this is another fun episode. I cannot wait to start writing The Tower, which is episode 16, as…well, let’s just say some faeces hits the proverbial fan.   Oxsight Prism update Last week, I mentioned that I was going to try out some specialised glasses made for people with my eye condition called Oxsight Prism. They were much better than I thought they would be. They work by using a camera to project a streamed high definition image onto the lens. You can adjust the zoom, the contrast, the brightness, etc. And it didn’t take 15 minutes to adjust to changes in light like my eyes usually do. When I spoke to the rep prior to trying the glasses, I could see most of her face, and little else due to my lack of peripheral vision. With the glasses on, I could see her face, the wall behind her, the sofa, the table between us, her bag in the corner…it was crazy. I played around with them for about an hour. You can adjust the colours, make it monochrome, highlight the edges of objects, and there was even one option specifically used when looking for signs, which pixelates everything but signs so you can find them easier. So, I’m definitely going to get some. The trouble is, they’re £4,000 (about $5,000), so I need to work out some options for raising the funds. A few people have suggested using Facebook or GoFundMe to raise the cash, but I’m not particularly comfortable asking people to hand over their hard-earned money. I might run a few sales on my books and get some author friends to share them with their readers. If you have any ideas for raising the funds that don’t require me to ask for donations or do anything illegal, hit reply and let me know. Take care, Jon
07:19
March 14, 2020
128 - March 8, 2020 - Blind Reset, The Ravenglass Chronicles, Oxsight Prism glasses, Sci-fi Roundtable, Atlantis
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending March 8, 2020. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on my second draft of Blind Reset, the follow-up to my gamelit novel/meditation on disability, Blind Gambit. I thought I would have had it done by now, but I’m 3,000 words away from the end. It’s been a slow process with a lot of re-working to improve the pacing and tighten up the story. I tend to under-write my first drafts, getting the story and dialogue down and ignoring things like description or action. It’s definitely made me realise that even though I’ve got into a nice groove with The Ravenglass Chronicles, I still have the same struggles with Blind Reset as I did writing the first book. I put this down to the emotional rawness. Even though half the book is a fun adventure set in a virtual world, the other half is about coming to terms with going blind—something I’ve had to come to terms with myself. All being well, I should have the second draft complete by Tuesday. This means I can put the project aside and dive into writing The Devil, episode 15 of The Ravenglass Chronicles. I cannot wait. My feelings are that once I’ve got my open projects out of the way (Cleric of the Wasteland, Blind Reset, and the co-authored Black Death trilogy), I want to focus on one thing—a sustained epic fantasy project. I’ve been writing ideas down for a series in the Ravenglass Universe set a few hundred years after the events of my current series, with a new cast of characters and a bit of a darker feel, with thieves, assassins, and wyverns, of course! Think Scott Lynch meets Brent Weeks, with a bit of Robin Hobb thrown in for good measure. 2020 is about finishing open projects, including The Ravenglass Chronicles and the Wasteland series, so I’ve told myself I won’t start writing anything new until they’re done and dusted…though I have been toying around with an idea for a post-Earth space opera story…ooh, and that steampunk vigilante series…gah! Too many ideas and not enough time to write them. I think I need to get the James Patterson setup where I write an outline and get someone else to write the stories :D     Oxsight Prism I mentioned on last week’s Author Diary podcast that I'd put my name down for an assessment for the Oxsight Prism. These are glasses made for visually impaired people that use streaming technology to improve visual acuity, peripheral vision, and allow users to adjust the contrast between objects, etc.  This is quite exciting as my eyesight really does suck—my left eye is shot and my right eye has five percent vision. I’m not sure how much the glasses will cost, but I’m assuming they’ll be in the region of £1,000 as they are a very specialist tech.  Hopefully, they’ll be within my budget. If not, I’ll have to think of some fundraising ideas to raise the funds.   Ancient Civilizations On this week’s episode of the Sci-Fi Roundtable podcast, we dived into the speculative topic of advanced lost civilizations. We covered the work of Graham Hancock, the show Ancient Aliens, ancient Egypt, and Atlantis. Visit http://sfrtpodcast.libsyn.com or find the Sci-Fi Roundtable wherever you listen to podcasts.  Take care, Jon
04:39
March 7, 2020
127 - March 1, 2020 - prepping for Coronavirus lock-down, Blind Reset progress, eye-strain, Oxsight Prism glasses, Ancient Egypt, pyramids
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06:53
February 29, 2020
Jon's Author Diary - 125 - February 16, 2020
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending February 16, 2020. This week was a mixed bag in terms of productivity. My voice has been a bit dodgy, so dictating my first draft of The Devil will have to wait. Instead, I’ve been working on my second draft of Blind Reset, which is the follow-up to my gamelit novel/meditation on disability, Blind Gambit. I’m halfway through and am happy with the scenes so far (or, at least, what I’ve turned them into). There were a few bits in the first draft where the pacing was all wrong and I needed to up the stakes in terms of conflict and tension. That’s why I love the re-drafting process. It almost feels like cheating because I get to tell the story I wish I’d told in the first place. Life doesn’t get many do-overs, so that’s very cool to me.   Inconceivable! I introduced my seven-year-old son to a couple of movies this week that I loved as a kid—The Princess Bride and Willow. These moves were huge for me. I must have watched them hundreds of times, wearing out the VHS tapes and no doubt annoying my mum. I kept expecting to have to adjust the tracking at any moment. It was interesting to see how they held up compared to some of the movies he loves, like How to Train Your Dragon and Detective Pikachu, etc. It took him a while to warm to Willow. The first half was much slower paced than a lot of modern movies, but he stuck it out and enjoyed it by the end. He absolutely loved The Princess Bride and laughed out loud at many of the classic lines. I was so proud.  He’s been getting me to pick movies and cartoons I liked as a kid for us to watch together. I’m weighing up whether to show him The Neverending Story or Labyrinth next (though I’m not sure how appropriate David Bowie’s leggings are for young eyes). Take care, Jon
03:58
February 15, 2020
Jon's Author Diary - 124 - February 9, 2020
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending February 9, 2020. I write this in a lot of pain because on Thursday I went to hospital and had my shoulder scanned and pumped full of steroids. It’s as if someone has come down on it with a brick. I have a heat pack and some ibuprofen gel, so hopefully it should settle down over the next few days and I can start work on the physio exercises.   Temperance is out! Temperance, episode 14 of The Ravenglass Chronicles has just gone live and I’ve already started work on book 15, The Devil. Click HERE to order your copy. I’m really enjoying using the tarot cards as inspiration with this series—it's given me some great story ideas that I never would have considered on my own. I was revisiting the tower card to start brainstorming ideas for book 16, and it couldn’t be more perfect. I’m over 70 percent through the story and each card brings new excitement, energy, and surprises. I just need to work out what I should do after The Ravenglass Chronicles is complete…assassin series, anyone?   Twitter update I finished reading the book Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. It gave me a lot to think about in terms of my relationship with social media. I decided I was long overdue to close my Twitter account. I started using Twitter in 2009, so it's something I've used for over a decade. It was a great platform when I worked as a reporter, but for the last couple of years it’s become a toxic cesspool of tribalism, anger, and people looking to ruin the lives of others to score political points. I don’t need that crap in my life. I had to weigh up what I was actually getting from the platform and realised I was only staying on Twitter because I occasionally get messages from readers. I figured that if readers want to get in touch, they would find a way. Closing it feels like a small weight has been lifted.   Groundhog Day Last weekend, I appeared on the latest episode of the Now You’ve Seen It podcast to talk about Groundhog Day, the Bill Murray movie from the 90s. I’d never seen it before and I thoroughly enjoyed the film. The podcast was a lot of fun to record and many laughs were had by all. You can find Now You’ve Seen It wherever you get your podcasts.   The Good Place I watched the finale of The Good Place this week. If you’ve not seen it, it’s a Netflix comedy series set in the afterlife. It’s produced by the same people who did things like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation. The writing is tremendous and manages to create the perfect balance between comedy and an exploration of what it means to be a good person. The final episode fully encapsulated that, and I’d be a liar if I said it didn’t bring a tear to my eye. I can't remember the last time I watched a show with such a perfect ending (maybe Breaking Bad did). I think back to shows I loved like Battlestar Galactica and Lost, which didn’t have satisfying finales, and am thankful the writers of The Good Place delivered an amazing finale. And Janet might be one of my favourite characters in anything…except Sam Vimes.
05:33
February 8, 2020
Jon's Author Diary - 123 - February 2, 2020
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending February 2, 2020—that 02 02 2020! I finished my third draft of Temperance this week, which is book 14 of The Ravenglass Chronicles. That’s now with a couple of early readers to get some feedback before it goes to the editor. This one was particularly challenging to write as it’s the most mystical/psychedelic thing I’ve ever written. It answers many questions about seers’ dreams…but raises some more about what Kat needs to do next. I’ve started bringing together my plans for book 15, The Devil. I don’t want to give too much away, because it will spoil Temperance, but let’s just say the stakes get raised another notch…   Next week, I have a hospital appointment about an ongoing shoulder issue. The doctor wants to do some scans and inject me with steroids. I think my posture is causing the issues, probably because of spending most of my adult life working at computers. I recently invested in a standing desk, so I'm sure that will help in the long-term, but in the meantime I’ve been doing physio exercises. I hope that they don't need to do surgery, but that has been suggested. My rotator cuff and right shoulder blade are in a bit of a mess. My bad shoulder seems to stick out a weird angle as compared to the left.    I read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson this week, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  What I love about astronomy and taking a cosmic perspective is that kicks you out of your ego and makes you remember how insignificant we all are in the grand scheme of the universe. The petty events of day-to-day life don't really matter in the scale of history and the universe. That's a liberating thought. Anything that gets away from worrying about the ins and outs on the latest events in the news cycle can only be a good thing.   Finally, I wanted to announce that I’m closing my Patreon page, effective immediately. I’d like to thank everyone who supported my work on the platform. If you’re a subscriber, I’ve made sure that you won’t be charged for February. It was a difficult decision, but I want to focus primarily on producing the best stories I can, and creating regular content for Patreon was becoming too much of a time-sap. I hope you understand. If you want to support my work, the most helpful thing you can do is leave amazing reviews on Amazon. Take care, Jon
06:00
February 1, 2020
Jon's Author Diary - 122 - January 26, 2020
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05:48
January 25, 2020
Jon's Author Diary - 121 - January 19, 2020
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02:57
January 18, 2020
Jon's Author Diary - 120 - January 12, 2020
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending January 12, 2020. I returned to the writing desk on Monday and started getting up at 5am again to meditate and exercise before writing. Because of taking time off for Christmas and New Year, my sleep pattern shifted by about three-four hours. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were solid writing days…Thursday sucked. I felt completely wiped-out. I’m not sure if it was the sleep pattern change catching up with me or whether it was SAD rearing its ugly head again, but I only managed to write 1,000 words (I usually do 5,000+). This was on the day I heard that Brandon Sanderson wrote 19,000 words in one day to finish the next book in the Stormlight Archive (I cannot wait to read that!) I’ve been working on the first draft of Temperance, book 14 of The Ravenglass Chronicles, in the mornings, and on the second draft of Blind Reset (the follow-up to Blind Gambit) in the afternoons. This new way of doing things has been working well for me (except on Thursday). Based on the way the stories are progressing, I should have Temperance ready for the editor in two weeks and Blind Reset by Easter.   Social media blackout Throughout December, I decided to take a break from social media. I went off Facebook and Twitter for forty days. I’ve decided that Twitter showcases the worst of what humanity has to offer, so I won’t be going back on there again. As for Facebook, I’ve installed a plug-in for Chrome which replaces the newsfeed with an inspirational quote (it’s called Newsfeed Eradicator). This means I can do the tasks I need to do on Facebook and get out without getting distracted. Perfect! I’ve also decided to keep my phone free of social media and notifications. I have to admit that at first I found myself absently picking up my phone to check Facebook. But that stopped after a few days. I realised I need social media to work for me, not for me to be compelled to use it without much conscious thought. I’m definitely going to do more social media blackouts in the future…I’m sure my sanity will thank me.     Guilty pleasures I got into a show on Netflix over the holidays called Ancient Aliens. I don’t subscribe to the whole ancient astronaut theory, but I am interested in ancient civilisations. This show features amazing footage of megalithic structures, pyramids, underwater cities, etc. It’s a case of not throwing the baby out with the bath water. Plus, the leaps in logic from “here’s a funny-looking rock” to “this is definitely evidence of ancient alien technology” is always entertaining.   Podcasting Over the Christmas break, I posted a review of 2019, my favourite reads of 2019, and an outline of my 2020 goals on my author diary podcast feed. In the latest episode, I talk about what I did over Christmas and New Year, how I plan to beat SAD next winter, my thoughts on The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, and my experience watching Groundhog Day for the first time… Visit: joncronshaw.libsyn.com to listen now or subscribe to Jon Cronshaw’s Author Diary on you podcast app of choice. If you have any questions you’d like me to answer on the podcast, hit reply now. Take care, Jon  
10:55
January 11, 2020
Jon's Author Diary - 119 - 2020 Goals
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02:28
January 5, 2020
Jon's Author Diary - 118 - Best reads of 2019
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03:55
December 29, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 117 - Review of 2019
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19:21
December 28, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 116 - December 22, 2019
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03:04
December 22, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 115 - December 14, 2019
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04:30
December 14, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 114 - December 8, 2019
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending December 8, 2019. My wife and son have been ill this week, so I’ve not done as much writing as usual. My son was ill last weekend and was home on Monday, and then my wife got the same illness. I think it was probably the same virus that knocked me on my back a few weeks ago. I didn't get anything done towards The Ravenglass Chronicles, save for a bit of outlining. But I did manage to do some final editing tasks towards my non-fiction book for authors, The Stoic Writer. I’m going to give it a final read, but I think it’s ready for the editor. I had my best month ever in publishing  in November. So, for a change, I’m actually going to treat my family with the money. Next year, I’m going to book a week holiday to get some late autumn sun. Hopefully, this will keep the worst symptoms of SAD at bay…hopefully. I've realised November is my worst month for Seasonal Affective Disorder—the depression is pretty hard-core at points. So, the extra sunshine can only help. Finally, please visit https://patreon.com/joncronshawauthor to support this podcast and pay for my sun-cream.
05:04
December 8, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 113 - December 1, 2019
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08:38
December 1, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 112 - November 24, 2019
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10:01
November 23, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 111 - November 17, 2019
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending November 17, 2019. I was ill this week had what was probably the flu, so I was in bed for about four days. This was all the typical symptoms of cold sweats and waking up in the middle of the night full of snot and all that wonderful stuff. I felt well enough to get back to work on Thursday. It was a bit slow-going but it was good to get back into writing Death, which is episode 13 of The Ravenglass Chronicles. I managed to finish writing the first draft and now five chapters into the second. Hopefully by this time next week, I have a solid second draft ready. I’ve had the first few reviews come in for book 12. They have been really positive, with some readers saying is strongest in the series. People who’ve read the author’s notes from that one will know has been difficult for me to view it objectively. I’m just pleased readers are enjoying it. Thank you to everyone who has left a review so far, and to everyone who has helped The Ravenglass Chronicles episode 1-11 boxed set become a bestseller.   Jekyll and Hyde I submitted the final draft of a story to a forthcoming anthology of tales inspired by Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The anthology will raise money for Deaf Blind International feature stories from 16 authors, as well as the original tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. My story is called The Princess and the Tailor and is a prequel to The Ravenglass Chronicles, telling the story of how cats mum and dad met for the first time. Let’s just say, it doesn’t go very well.   Black Death The post-apocalyptic Black Death series is finally coming together. My co-author Lynn Sheridan’s now working through the final drafts of the trilogy, so that should be with the editor soon. We are hoping to have everything done and dusted, ready for a release by spring…hopefully.   The Fool I continue to post more chapters from the new prequel to The Ravenglass Chronicles on my Patreon page. Oppose new chapters every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There are also dozens of short stories, a preview to the rewrite of Wizard of the Wasteland, early access to my author diary podcast, as well as exclusive articles and audio. You can access all of this for just one dollar per month. Visit: https://patreon.com/joncronshawauthor   Take care, Jon  
08:42
November 16, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 110 - November 10, 2019
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending November 10, 2019. It’s been a busy week. Last weekend I went to see my family in Wolverhampton. We celebrated bonfire night a few days early—so there were lots of fireworks, a curry, and gin. I’m not sure if gin is a traditional bonfire night beverage, but it worked for me. I was a little bit concerned how my guide dog Digit would react to the fireworks that have been going off all week, but he’s been fine. Explosions don’t seem to faze him…which might not be a good thing if the apocalypse comes.  I’ve been working on draft of Death, which is episode 13 of The Ravenglass Chronicles. If you’ve followed my work for a while, you might remember I wrote a story about three years ago called Her Name Was Red, which I got some great feedback for and was what inspired me to write The Ravenglass Chronicles. I’m now at that point in the overall story. There are some elements that remain from the original story, but around 95 percent is new. This one has been a lot of fun to write.  This reminds me, book 12 is now live! Click HERE to get your copy. It’s 99c or you can read it on Kindle Unlimited. This one was extremely difficult to write, so I hope you enjoy reading it.   Reading Based on a recommendation from a reader, I’m currently reading The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene. I tend to have a fiction and non-fiction book on the go at any given time. This book is excellent. It’s a close look at why people act the way they do. It’s a fascinating read. And I’m sure it will help to give my characters more depth.   Podcasting As well as my usual Author Diary podcast, Dan Willcocks interviewed my on Great Writers Share. This is a podcast aimed mainly at other writers, but if you’re interested in getting an insight into my creative process, my philosophy on writing, and why I find Stoicism useful, do check it out.
07:31
November 9, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 109 - November 3, 2019
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03:04
November 3, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 108 - October 27, 2019
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending October 27, 2019. This week has been half-term holidays in the UK, so I have been in dad mode. It’s been great spending quality time with my son—the kid is so imaginative! He could talk for England on the subject of Pokémon and got quite competitive over a few games of Mario Kart. I did manage to go over notes from beta readers for book 12 of The Ravenglass Chronicles and a short story set in the Ravenglass Universe for an anthology of stories inspired by Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde. But, the half-term holidays are only a week, so my son goes back to school on Monday and I have to get back to the writing. My plan is start my first draft of book 13 of The Ravenglass Chronicles, which is inspired by the tarot card ‘death.’ I’ve written the outline and am I’m chomping at the bit to start writing—I have a feeling this episode is going to be far too much fun. It’s interesting the types of things I’ve found myself researching for my books. Over the past year I’ve explored old ships and Anglo Saxon burial grounds, and learned about sword fighting, medieval food, and making poisons. This week I got far too much detail from an expert about how corpses decompose. Yuck! At least it’s inspired a rather disgusting scene in my next book. My wife and I finished watching the new series of Stranger Things on Netflix. Maybe it’s because I’m the perfect age for the nostalgia to make me feel nice and fuzzy, but I loved this show. Going in, I was a little bit worried that the quality might dip (I thought the second season paled in comparison to the first—and the less said about Eleven’s tangent episode, the better). But this series was fantastic. And The Neverending Story bit was hilarious. I grew up on 80s movies where a group of friends go on an adventure (The Goonies, IT, Stand by Me, etc.), so this ticked a lot of boxes for me. I’m now at loss as to what to watch next. Now that I’ve finished posting the re-write of Wizard of the Wasteland on Patreon, I have started posting chapters from a new prequel to The Ravenglass Chronicles. The story is called The Fool, and it’s a new novella-length story about how Kat and Hansel first met. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor and start reading today.
06:03
October 27, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 107 - October 20, 2019
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08:24
October 19, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 106 - October 13, 2019
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending October 13, 2019. I managed to finish the first draft of The Hanged Man and am almost done with my second draft. Hopefully, I’ll have the final draft ready for the editor by the end of next week. Last week I mentioned that my guide dog Digit got attacked walking my son home from school, so I’ve had the fallout from that to deal with. The police tried to fob me off to the dog warden. But because Digit is an assistance dog, it is treated as an assault against a person in the UK, so it is a police issue. The police did come round and talk to me about it. Luckily, one of the parents got half decent photo of the guy and his dog, so that's with the police. Since it happened, I've actually seen the guy with his dog three times over the past week. I’ve let the investigating officer know each time I’ve seen him, and it’s at the same time and place as the attack. So, if the police are actually looking to talk to him, they know exactly where to find him. I’m sure the police have much more important things to deal with, so I don’t think anything will happen. Digit is still injured. He’s been to the vets three times and will be going back on Tuesday to have the staples taken out his leg. Poor guy still has one of those cone things around his head and keeps bumping into things around the house. Hopefully, the attack won’t have knocked his confidence when he gets back to work. I really struggle in the winter when I have to use a white cane, so I just hope he’s going to be okay. So thank you to everyone who sent Digit well wishes, I tried to respond to as many as I could, but there were so many that some of them might have slipped through the cracks. Finally, I also want to thank everyone who left a review on the episodes 1-11 of The Ravenglass Chronicles boxed set. I had one reviewer compare my writing to Robin Hobb, so I’ll take that :D Take care, Jon
06:40
October 13, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 105 - October 6, 2019
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending October 6, 2019. It’s been a mixed bag of a week. It started well enough. I wrote a short story called The Princess and the Tailor for a charity anthology inspired by Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I took the theme of a person transforming into a monster and ran with it. It tells the story of the way Kat’s parents met in The Ravenglass Chronicles. And if you’ve read the series, you’ll know that things didn’t exactly go well. I want to thank everyone who helped make The Ravenglass Chronicles episodes 1-11 boxed set an Amazon best-seller. It was only there for a couple of days, but I did get a pretty orange tag on my book! I went back to work on The Hanged Man, which is book 12 of The Ravenglass Chronicles, and I’m about three-quarters through now. I had hoped to have my draft finished by Friday, but life has a tendency to throw obstacles in the way…   Digit On Thursday, my guide dog Digit was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier while I we were walking my son home from school. It was quite traumatic, but I managed to get the other dog off Digit before he could do any serious damage. Poor guy has three wounds on his front left leg. The vet has stapled and bandaged him and he’s walking around with a cone around his head. The wounds went down to the muscle, but didn’t damage the muscle, so he should be healed in a couple of weeks. What made it particularly frustrating was that the dog’s owner was completely unapologetic and ran off when I tried to speak to him. Luckily, one of the other parents managed to get a photo of him, so hopefully the police will be able to catch up with him. I had to deal with the fallout from that for the rest of Thursday and all day Friday. So this has meant going to the vets (twice), talking to the police, Guide Dogs, and the local dog warden to give statements, etc. And, now, I am out of a guide dog for two weeks meaning I have to go back to using my white cane…which sucks.   Podcasting On the Sci-Fi Roundtable this week, Shane Thomas and I were joined by author Andy Zach to discuss the neuralink, which enables you to link your brain to a computer. But this isn’t science fiction; one of Elon Musk’s companies is working on this. Visit: sfrtpodcast.libsyn.com or find it wherever you download your podcasts.   Patreon Finally, please do check out my Patreon page. We’re coming to the end of the Wizard of the Wasteland re-write, so, next, I’ll be posting the pre-edited chapters of the new version of The Fool, which is set about six months before The Ravenglass Chronicles and tells the story of how Kat and Hansel became friends. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor  and get access today.   Yours,   Jon
08:10
October 6, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 104 - September 29, 2019
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05:39
September 28, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 103 - September 22, 2019
Welcome to Jon’s author diary for the week ending September 22, 2019. It’s been a busy week. Last Sunday I launched episode 1 to 11 box set of The Ravenglass Chronicles, so I’ve been doing a lot things this week to get new readers interested in that. I want to thank everyone who has helped make it the number one new release in teen and young adult historical fantasy. I also want to thank anyone who left a review on the episodes one to four boxset after a one-star review dragged my star average to the gutter and killed my sales.  The new version of The Fool is now with my beta readers. As soon as I get it back from the editor and proofread, you’ll be the first to get a free copy. It’s set about six months before the events of The Ravenglass Chronicles, and tells the story of how Kat first met Hans. It was so much fun returning to Kat as a naïve young thing. It’s crazy how much her character has evolved since the first episode…and how much she’s going to change in the future.   Wizard of the Wasteland My first novel, Wizard of the Wasteland is currently on offer for just 99c. If you’ve never read it before, now’s the perfect time to get stuck in. Click HERE to read now.   Patreon I'm nearly done posting the rewritten version of Wizard of the Wasteland on Patreon. For just $1 per month, you get exclusive articles, short stories, and early access to all my major releases.   Take care,   Jon
03:49
September 22, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 102 - September 15, 2019
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11:15
September 15, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 101 - September 8, 2019
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending September 8, 2019. I’ve had a difficult but productive week. I started working on my first draft of The Hanged Man, which is episode 12 of The Ravenglass Chronicles. I’ve written the first four scenes, but it has been slow going. I think I need to revisit my outline and make it is strong as I can. It’s not there yet. I broke away from the story and focused instead on a new non-fiction book for authors called The Stoic Writer, which is about how Roman stoicism can help authors with their mindset. I managed to write the first and second draft over the week, and have sent it to beta readers.  It was a fun book to write, and I think it was the palate cleanser I needed. Next week is my dad’s funeral. I’m not looking forward to that and I wonder whether the looming prospect of that is what is causing the resistance on the fiction. And in the week following the funeral, we’re having a new kitchen fitted, so the house is going to be noisy and in disarray. I’m going to use this time to focus on editing. Hopefully, I’ll have a first draft of The Hanged Man to re-write. Failing that, I have plenty of other projects to complete.   Justice Anyone who has pre-ordered Justice, book 11 of The Ravenglass Chronicles, will no doubt have received an email from Amazon saying the release date has been brought forward to September 12. Click HERE to pre-order.   Check out this selection of novellas If you can’t get enough serialised fantasy novellas, please check out the following promo featuring a bunch of authors write serials. Visit: http://www.fantasykindlebooks.com/novellas.html   Podcasting Finally, on the latest episode of the Sci-Fi Roundtable, author Dr Wesley Britton joined us to talk about blind authors and characters. He has the same condition as me (retinitis pigmentosa), but he’s much further along with the condition as I am. It was cool to have a conversation about the experience of dealing with visual impairment and how there is no reason why it should stop anyone being an author. Plus, last week, Shane Thomas read an excerpt from my novel, Blind Gambit. Please search for Sci-Fi Roundtable wherever you get your podcasts or check out the podcast feed at sfrtpodcast.libsyn.com. Take care, Jon
07:11
September 8, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 100 - September 1, 2019
Welcome to Jon’s Author Diary for the week ending September 1, 2019…yes, September. I’ve had a productive week. If you’ve been receiving my newsletters for a while, you now that I've been telling myself not to start new projects until I clear the backlog of ongoing projects. Well, I failed that this week. I’ve been working on a new prequel for The Ravenglass Chronicles. It’s set about nine months before the events of The Magician, and gives some more insight into Kat’s life and how she first met Hans. I have a first draft complete and will be working on a second draft over the next week or so. Those of you who on my Patreon page will get a first look at this as I post the unedited chapters as soon as the second draft is ready. The rest of you will have to wait! But, fear not, it’s going to be a freebie to say thank you for supporting my work. The prequel will be called… *drumroll* The Fool. “Wait! Didn’t you already release The Fool?” Yes. The story I originally released under the title The Fool is now combined with The Magician. Amazon would not let me have a book 0 (The Fool is card 0 in the tarot) linked to a series. This meant readers missing out on the first episode of the series. So, The Fool as a title was unpublished and there will be a new version. I’m not going to make this available on Amazon, only to my newsletter subscribers. So, look out for the new version of The Fool coming at some point in the near future.    Black Death update I have now compiled the Black Death series into three novels. It is now with my co-author, Lynn, so it's out of my hands for a while. I hope that it will get done in the not-too-distant future.     TOOL has a new album! I was excited this week to see that one of my favourite bands TOOL released a new album for the first time in 13 years. And it did not disappoint. It is a great album. This will probably sound pretentious, but TOOL’s doesn’t write ‘songs’—they are more like musical experiences, hypnotic stories that take you on strange journeys.     The Wasteland series re-write I continue to post chapters from the new, improved version of Wizard of the Wasteland every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on my Patreon page. I’m about twenty percent through reworking Knight of the Wasteland—I forgot just how much I loved writing this story. As soon as I’m done posting chapters from Wizard, I’ll go straight onto this.  And, of course, I’m posting these in addition to short stories, podcasts, and exclusive articles. You can access all of these for as little as $1 per month. Please visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor.   Assassin novels I’m currently on a bit of grimdark fantasy assassin kick. I’ve recently read Andy Peloquin’s Darkblade Assassin and have moved onto Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. Do you have a favourite assassin novel or series you think I should read?  
11:22
September 1, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 099 - August 25, 2019
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending August 25, 2019. This week has been a bit of a mixed bag. A virus knocked me back for a couple of days, so this gave me chance to read a big chunk of Anthony Ryan's Blood Songs, book one in his Raven Shadow series. It’s a grimdark epic fantasy set in military order, so it ticks a lot of boxes for me. I’m about two –thirds through, and it’s a great story so far. I managed to finish the third draft of Justice, which is book 11 of The Ravenglass Chronicles. My process usually involves me writing a shitty first draft, which is where I vomit the story from brain to the page. In my second draft, I do a complete re-write, telling the story how I wish I’d told it first time around. And then my third is focused on making the writing on a sentence-level. It’s very important that my words have the right rhythm and flow.  It’s now ready for the editor. So, hopefully, I’ll get that released mid-September. I did make the mistake of putting all my ongoing and planned future projects onto a spreadsheet to share with my editor. Eek! I had three first-draft novels, three novels waiting for a final redraft, two Wasteland novels needing a rewrite, three non-fiction books drafted, and eleven novellas to write. This isn’t to count the series I’ve started planning when I’ve cleared the backlog of projects. There’s a lesson there about focusing on one thing until the end, I’m sure…   One-hundred episodes! Next seek marks the one-hundredth episode of my Author Diary podcast. For this episode, I’d like you to email jon (at) joncronshaw.com with a question for me to answer on the podcast. It can be about anything—my work, my life, or anything to do with books, movies, writing, etc.   Patreon I’ve been continuing to post the re-write of Wizard of the Wasteland chapter-by-chapter on Patreon. Plus, podcasts, short stories, and articles. I post new chapters on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and you can get access for $1 per month. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor.   Yours,   Jon
02:42
August 25, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 098 - August 18, 2019
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04:16
August 18, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 097 - August 11, 2019
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13:19
August 11, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 096 - August 4, 2019
Welcome to Jon's author diary for week ending August 4, 2019. It’s been a slow week in terms of actual writing. I have been in holiday mode, so I've been doing dad stuff. My mother came to stay and took a daytrip to Blackpool in scorching sunshine. I spent most of the day nipping between areas of shade and pouring bowls of water for my guide dog, Digit. It's been difficult to keep any kind of writing routine, so I’ve been snatching moments here and there  to do small tasks, such as gathering quotes for non-fiction books and reading. When I’m not focused on writing, my mind tends to run away with ideas. This is a blessing and a curse. I had the idea of writing a space fantasy series involving dragons…and a zombie apocalypse series…and a military fantasy series…a grimdark fantasy assassin series. I’m sure for some authors this would be wonderful, but for me they’re distractions. I’m sitting on several books in various draft states—Cleric of the Wasteland, Blind Reset, the Black Death trilogy, Black Death: London, Justice, and three non-fiction books. Plus, I’m in the process of re-writing the first three Wasteland books! So, the last thing I need is more distractions. I need to focus on finishing all the open projects before moving onto a new one, but it’s like my mind keeps going, ‘hey, what about this?’ I’m like a magpie drawn to shiny new things.   Patreon I’ve posted the first four chapters of the re-written Wizard of the Wasteland onto my Patreon page. You can read the first chapter HERE for free, and get full access to exclusive short stories, audio, articles, reviews, and early releases from a dollar a month. I’ll post a new chapter every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Visit patreon.com/joncronshawauthor to support my work.    Black Death I’ve been speaking to my co-author about potential release dates for the Black Death trilogy, and based on our current workloads, it looks like we’re either going to launch the series in November or next February.   The Ravenglass Chronicles Wheel of Fortune, episode ten of The Ravenglass Chronicles went live this week. You can read the entire series through Kindle Unlimited, or each novella is 99c/99p. Click HERE to read Wheel of Fortune.   Question Does it annoy you when authors write several genres?   Yours,   Jon      
09:08
August 4, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 095 - July 29, 2019
Welcome to Jon's author diary for July 29, 2019. Last week was the 10th anniversary of my wife and me getting married. So we went to Scotland to spend a week in a log cabin enjoying wine and a hot tub. We then went to Edinburgh, where I attended the 20books conference, and got to meet some great authors and catch up with some old friends. So my head is still spinning from that. I’m what you’d describe as an outgoing introvert—I can deal with meeting new people, but when it’s over, I just want to curl up in the dark and listen to a good audiobook. Writing is a weird business, especially when you do it full-time, so having conversations with people who ‘get it’ was amazing. Even my closest family and friends don’t really understand what it is I do. Because write characters that connect on an emotional level with readers is more than just a hobby to me—it’s my calling.   Digit When I went to Scotland, I decided to leave my guide dog Digit with a boarder for the week. Luckily, it was the person who’d trained Digit as a pup, so it was someone who knew Digit, which put my mind at rest. I really missed having him to help me as using a white cane feels awkward. It was probably for the best though as I had some great discussions about books and writing at the conference which I’m sure would have all been about dogs if Digit was there.   Reading I’ve started reading Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski, which is the first book in The Witcher series. I’m about halfway through and really enjoying the world and characters, though it does feel like a series of connected shorts rather than a fully realised novel.   Getting my son into fiction My son turns seven in September and is starting to get into reading. He has recently read all of the How to Train Your Dragon books by Cressida Cowell (they are very different to the movies), he's read the first two in her Wizards of Once series, and has moved onto Harry Potter—I couldn't be prouder!     Wheel of Fortune The tenth book in my Ravenglass Chronicles series comes out on Thursday, August 1. I’m not a fan of the title—it reminds me too much of the game show, but it is a tarot card in the Major Arcana, so my hands are tied.   Wasteland series and Patreon. As you may be aware if you listen to my Author Diary podcast, I’m in the process of re-writing my Wasteland series. I’ve just posted the first chapter of the Wizard of the Wasteland onto my Patreon page patreon.com/joncronshawauthor. The first chapter is open to anyone, and I will post a chapter on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for patrons. I’ve overhauled the entire series, rewriting every line to tighten up the language and story, turn it from present to past tense, and give readers access to Abel’s thoughts. This has added a new subplot, which I hope will make for a deeper story.  They are still in a draft state, but I thought it would be fun to share what I’ve done and give a bit more insight into my process. This means as well as posting chapters from ongoing projects as I’m doing them, giving access to story months in advance, I’ll also share things like scrawled outlines and raw audio of dictated chapters if there’s interest. I hope you’ll come and join me. I’d love to hear your feedback as I go. I want my stories to be as powerful as possible, and the best way I can do that is with your help. Yours, Jon    
11:03
July 29, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 094 - July 21, 2019
Hello, welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending July 21, 2019. I have finished my first draft of Blind Reset! It’s taken me over a year, but I've done it. It's a good feeling to know that it’s not an abandoned project, just postponed one. I also got Wheel of Fortune back from a proofread, so I just need to write an author's note and format it, so I’ll probably get that out in the first week of August. I've also been carrying on my rewrite of Knight of the Wasteland, so am about 20 percent through doing that. It’s going slowly, but this one of those things I’ll keep chipping away when I don't have anything more urgent to do. It’s really obvious revisiting the story that I’m much better at writing and telling stories than I was, so it’s been great to bring the quality up to a standard that will hopefully make for better reading experience. There’s part me thinking that I should just leave it as a monument how I was, but I want to provide the best experience for the reader I can. I want it to be something I can be proud of in 10, 20, 30 years.   I'm on the verge of closing my Patreon page as, after six months, I have not seen any traction on the site. I really appreciate everyone who has supported me, but this was one of those things where I have to decide whether it’s worth me spending the time working on stories and posts for less than $10 a month, and unfortunately, the answer is no. Writing books is my full-time job, so I have to focus on the areas that will pay my bills. So, unless I suddenly get a surge that makes it worth it, I’ll be closing it over the next month or so.      Finally, I have been posting some stories on my website at joncronshaw.com. My latest story is a dark fantasy tale called No Rehab for Wizards, so please do check that out. Yours, Jon
04:42
July 21, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 093 - July 14, 2019
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending, July 14, 2019. I’ve had another productive week. I’ve been working on my first draft of Blind Reset, my follow-up to Blind Gambit. I'm just about to write the final six chapters, so I should have a first draft of this book ready by the middle of next week. Consider I abandoned this book a year ago, it feels great to know I’ve nearly got the story out of my head.   Miracle mornings I’ve continued to get up at 4.45am every morning to get the writing done. What’s surprised me is that having just a few hours of focused time where I can get into a flow state has almost tripled my production. The numbers don’t make sense, but I’m not going to complain! I’ll admit that I’m starting to feel tired. It probably didn’t help that my son decided to wake me up at 1.30am on Tuesday morning. A few author friends of mine who have done something similar told me that the next couple of weeks are the hardest, but then getting up becomes a habit. Because of the school summer holidays, I have three more full writing days left until September. I’m going to continue getting up early, but my writing time will only be those brief windows in the morning. This is why I’ve been so focused on getting first drafts of linger projects finished. My hope is that by the time I’ve finished writing The Ravenglass Chronicles, I’ll have no other projects to do, so I can focus on a new flagship series.   Since June 16, I have complete first drafts for: - The Ravenglass Chronicles book 11, Justice. - Cleric of the Wasteland, Wasteland book 4. - Black Death: Outbreak. - Black Death: Survival. - Black Death: Apocalypse. - Black Death: London. - Podcasting for Authors. Next week, I will add Blind Reset to this list! Of course, I’ll have my work cut out for me in terms of re-drafting, but five of those projects have been hanging over me for a year or more. So, it’s a massive psychological boost to feel like I’m moving forward.   Reading I read a very cool non-fiction book this week called Creative Thinking by Jonathan Firth. It was an advance copy and I think it’s set for release sometime in the next week or so. In the book, a cognitive psychologist goes deep into how to be more creative. It was full of great tips and tricks, and I’ve been introduced to the idea of taking a ‘nappuccino’—essentially drinking a strong coffee before taking a power nap. It tried it on Friday and it worked really well. I’d recommend to anyone who wants to boost their creativity, whether its art, music, coding, business, I think this book will be very beneficial. Do you have any great productivity tips? Hit reply and let me know.   The Sci-Fi Roundtable. On this week’s episode of the podcast, we had our biggest roundtable to date, with five authors, recorded over three continents, to discuss artificial intelligence and artificial life. I think I might have been the most pessimistic about the future of AI and what how it will change what it means to be a productive person, so do check that out. You can subscribe wherever you download podcasts, or listen at sfrtpodcast.libsyn.com. Yours, Jon
05:32
July 14, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 092 - July 7, 2019
Welcome to Jon's Author Diary for the week ending July 7, 2019. This week has been characterised by getting first drafts done. I complete the first drafts of Cleric of the Wasteland, the Black Death trilogy, and Black Death: London.   Black Death: London Now, I’m not quite sure what Black Death: London will end up being. It could work as a standalone novella, my co-author could write his own point of view story around it, or I could write another point of view character and turn it into a standalone novel—I’ve got far too many ideas for this one! Black Death: London is an apocalyptic story about a politician who uses the outbreak of a deadly plague to move up the political ranks. It’s probably the most satirical thing I’ve ever written, and I found myself laughing out loud at some of the insanity of the story…I know what they say about laughing at your own jokes.  The main character is a scheming egomaniac who will stop at nothing—and I mean nothing—to get just a little bit more power. I used to work as a political reporter and also worked as press coordinator for a shadow minister, so it’s definitely one of those ‘write what you know’ situations.    The Hermit On Thursday, I released The Hermit, which is episode nine of The Ravenglass Chronicles. I didn’t think until I set the date for release that July 4 is a holiday in the States. I think it celebrates that time Will Smith punched an alien…I might be wrong. You can check that out HERE.   Blind Reset I’ve just finished doing an edit of the first quarter of my follow-up to my gamelit novel/story about coming to terms with going blind, Blind Gambit, titled Blind Reset. If you have been following my work for a while, you’ll know that I abandoned Blind Reset a year ago. I didn’t think the story was working and I made the decision to give it up as a bad job. I hate abandoning projects, and this has hung over me for the past year. So, a few weeks ago, I dug out what I had written so far and revisited the outline. I made a few tweaks and I’m now excited about the story again. I think I made the decision to abandon Blind Reset at a time when I was dealing with depression, so it feels good to resurrect this project and throw up a middle finger to depression’s hold on me. Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to focus primarily on getting a first draft done. So, wish me luck. My thinking is that when I come to the end of The Ravenglass Chronicles next year, I want to be in a position where I have no lingering projects. I can start on something new and focus all of my attention on one thing.   If you enjoy reading these newsletters, my Author Diary podcast goes into more detail and is probably a bit more stream-of-consciousness than these posts. Got to joncronshaw.libsyn.com or find Jon Cronshaw’s Author Diary on iTunes, Stitcher, or through your favourite podcast app.     Yours,   Jon
07:48
July 7, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 091 - June 30, 2019
Welcome to my author diary for the week ending June 30, 2019. I’ve had another productive week. I’ve continued getting up at 5am in order to get a few extra hours work done before everyone else in the house wakes up I wrote the first draft of Justice, which is book 11 in The Ravenglass Chronicles. I also got book 9 The Hermit from the editor and has received a final proofread. It’s now formatted and ready to go, so it’ll be available on July 4. I’ve just finished re-drafting book three of the Black Death series and added ten more scenes to book two. It’s a bit of weird experience having to write a novel’s worth of material over the trilogy, but I’ve managed to inject a lot of darkness and action into the story. It’s finally starting to feel like it's coming together. We have a solid draft of books one and two, and next week I’m going to add ten more scenes to book three. Because I am a few weeks ahead with my schedule for The Ravenglass Chronicles, I’m going to focus on finishing my first draft of Cleric of the Wasteland. I’ve got three weeks until the six-weeks summer break, so I’m determined to get this done…finally. I mean, I’ve only been working on it for a year and a half. I’m in the process of rewriting the first three novels in my Wasteland series into past tense and bringing out the emotional impact of the stories, so I’ll probably re-release the whole series once book 4 is ready. I’ve also been looking over Blind Reset. This is the follow-up to Blind Gambit I abandoned last year. I’ve decided to give it another go as soon as I’m done overhauling the Wasteland novels. It seems my reservations about the story were unfounded and I’ve concluded that you shouldn’t make important decisions while depressed.  I want to get done with all the lingering projects, so when I finish The Ravenglass Chronicles next year, I’ll be in a position where I can focus on one project at a time. Finally, we had a fun discussion on the Sci-Fi Roundtable podcast with post-apocalyptic author Darran Handshaw about engineering after the apocalypse. Visit: sfrtpodcast.libsyn.com to listen, or find us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
08:28
June 30, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 090 - June 23, 2019
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05:18
June 23, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 089 - June 16, 2019
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02:58
June 16, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 088 - June 9, 2019
Welcome to Jon's Author Diary for the week ending June 9, 2019. I am back at the writing desk after last week's half-term holiday and have been experimenting with a new schedule for my work. So instead of just focusing on one project at a time, I now work on a project that needs editing in the mornings and write first drafts and outlines during the afternoon. I’ll track how much I do over the next six weeks to see if this is working, or whether it is slowing me down.   Writing During the mornings this week, I worked on redrafting The Hermit, episode nine of The Ravenglass Chronicles. In the afternoons, I worked on Cleric of the Wasteland, book 4 in the Wasteland series and have just reached the midpoint of the story. As I started work on this 18 months ago, I think it’s about time that I get this book finished! I'm hoping that with this new way of working, I can have a solid first draft of Cleric of the Wasteland complete by the end of July.   Blind Reset? When the fourth Wasteland book is complete, there’s a distinct possibility that I will write the follow-up to Blind Gambit. I abandoned the sequel a year ago, and revisiting it I’ve realised I wasn’t in the right headspace to make a judgement. Looking at it with a bit of distance, I can see the scenes I’ve written are solid and the outline is good. If you’ve read Blind Gambit, you’ll know that it set half in a virtual world and half in the real world. The real world scenes were challenging to write because they are about a teenage boy coming to terms with going bling—something I have to deal with, so it’s very personal, very raw. I have half of the real-world scenes written for book 2, so it’s just a case of adding a few scenes a week to finish the story.   Book club read I’ve started reading The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. This is an epic fantasy classic that I have not read before and has been on my TBR pile for years. We’re reading it as our June read in The Arcane Book Club Facebook group, so that force my hand. I’m only a couple of chapters into the audiobook and I’m already hooked.   Ancient Egypt I’ve been on a bit of an ancient Egypt binge this week and watched a few documentaries and listened to several podcasts on the subject. I’m currently watching one on Netflix called The Pyramid Code. The first episode was great. It showed how many of the pyramids were lined up to the precession of the zodiac and arranged to reflect the solstices. The second episode unfortunately went to the pseudo-science route, bringing in ‘subtle energies’ and magic. One of the contributors talked about the existence of light ‘orbs’ within the pyramids, suggesting untapped energy that scientists can’t explain. They can. I used to do photography. What they refer to as orbs are simply the camera’s flash bouncing off dust motes, creating the illusion of a light orb. The subject is fascinating enough as it without adding in woo.     Support my work I continue to add content to my Patreon page—I’ve posted stories, articles, and audio, many of which are free to access, so please do check those out and support me for $1 per month at patreon.com/joncronshawauthor.   Yours,   Jon
08:29
June 9, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 087 - June 2, 2019
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending June 2, 2019. This week was the half-term holidays, so my wife and son have been at home. We visited my family in the Midlands, so it was great to catch up with my siblings. On the car journey, we listened to How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. It was a lot of fun and vastly different to the movies. I think the only things they kept from the films were the setting and the character names. It was narrated by David Tennant, so that was a bonus.    In terms of actually writing, I made some slight tweaks to Finish Your First Novel after receiving feedback from beta readers. It’s now with the editor, so I’ll have some review copies over the next month or so if anyone is interested. Next week, I’m going to carry on with my second draft of The Hermit, book 9 of The Ravenglass Chronicles, and hopefully get that to my alpha readers by June 14 for feedback.   I read a fascinating book this week called Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock. I recently heard an interview with him on the Joe Rogan podcast. The book outlines the possibility of an advanced lost civilisation. The only trouble with books like this is that they send my imagine racing, and I know I need to focus on my Ravenglass Chronicles series!   This weekend was the Morecambe Steampunk Festival. This was a great excuse for me to get out the house, check out some awesome cosplay, inventive contraptions, and drink beer.  
04:33
June 2, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 086 - May 26, 2019
Welcome to Jon's Author Diary for the week ending May 26, 2019. I carried on writing my non-fiction books. I sent Finish Your First Novel off to my beta readers to get some feedback and finished the second draft of the main body of Podcasting for Authors. The next step in that book is to write the appendices because the main section is principles on preparing a podcast and how to source and conduct interviews, etc. The appendices are going to be more technical walk-through guides on how to record, edit, upload, and promote a podcast. So when inevitable does happen and something like a podcast host updates its system, I’ll be able to go into the appendix pages and make those necessary changes without affecting the main body of the text. Next week is the half term holiday, so I will only be doing about an hour a day as I plan on spending time with my wife and son. After that, I plan on returning to my Ravenglass Chronicles series to get the second draft of The Hermit finished.   I’ve also started reading  Storm Front by Jim Butcher. This is the first book in his Dresden Files series and it's been recommended to me countless times over the year. I’ve never been a fan of urban fantasy, but I am enjoying this book immensely.   I watched the finale of Game of Thrones this past week and I have a theory. *HERE BE SPOILERS* I’m convinced that Bran is a deeply evil character—if it is even Bran at all who inhabits his body. Because of his powers and the fact that he knew where he had to be and why, I’m convinced he must have known what would happen to King’s Landing. He could have prevented a million deaths and he didn’t. He was and still is the three-eyed raven. And the creation of the Night King was no accident. There is no other way around it—Bran is evil. What do you think?   Support me at patreon.com/joncronshawauthor.
04:33
May 26, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 085 - May 19, 2019
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04:49
May 19, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 084 - May 12, 2019
Hello and welcome to my Author Diary for the week ending May 12, 2019. May 12 is my birthday. So happy birthday to me. I received a new guitar amp from my wife, so I’ll be annoying my neighbours/family with clumsy renditions of Queens of the Stone Age songs. I had a mixed bag of a week. It was a bank holiday on Monday so that meant one less writing day and then on Tuesday and Wednesday I was feeling pretty rough. I’m getting over what was basically a chest infection, so that was fun and exciting.   Writing I managed to complete the first draft of Wheel of Fortune, which is book ten of The Ravenglass Chronicles. I thought it was high time I named a book after one of my favourite games shows of the 90s—look out for my future books, Catchphrase and Bullseye! Book eleven is going to be the end of the second main arc. There’s a lot of things coming together, a lot of revelations and a big game-changer at the end. It’s going to be a lot of fun to write. Book eight, Strength, comes out tomorrow, along with the boxset of episodes five to eight. Click HERE to order.   Pikachuuuuu!  On Friday, I went to see Detective Pikachu with my son and wife. It was a fun film filled with jokes that will no doubt wash over kids’ heads. It’s  one of those films that is a bit like Toy Story where it works for children of all ages.   Books I finished reading The Queen's Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler. I very much enjoyed that and look forward to reading more in the series. I also started re-reading Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, which is the May read in The Arcane Book Club Facebook group.   More places to consume my fiction My steampunk story Lord Sidebottom and the Awesome Airship Mystery was reprinted on the Science Fantasy Hub and it will be featured on next week’s Sci-Fi Roundtable podcast as an audio story, so do check that out. Also, my first novel Wizard of the Wasteland is only 99c/99p at the moment, so grab yourself a copy HERE.  
04:40
May 11, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 083 - May 5, 2019
Hello, welcome to my author newsletter for the week ending May 5, 2019. I’ve had a very productive week. I managed to finish my first draft of The Hermit, episode nine of The Ravenglass Chronicles. I'm really pleased with how that went. I think it answers a few questions and raise more. I also finished writing the new scenes for the third Black Death novel. This was fast-paced, with a lot of drama and action. I really enjoyed getting to write a redemption story. As with all my first drafts, it’s in no fit state to read, but the story is there, and I can no build on the bones to make it palatable for human consumption.   To get me in the right frame of mind of writing in a thriller style, I read Dan Brown’s novel Angels and Demons. The pacing and action was excellent, but the story was preposterous. There more fantastical things going on than in my Ravenglass Chronicles, and my series features magic blades, talking wyverns, sentient ships, and prescient dreams. That being said, it was a fun, quick read.   I’ve also been reading The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler—now this is more to my taste! I’ve been recommended this book several times by readers who said it reminds them of my fantasy stuff. I can see where the comparisons are in terms of the writing style and the minimal level of description. It’s primarily about the characters and story, and doesn’t get bogged down in too much world-building.    I watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones this week (I use the word ‘watch’ very loosely as I’m convinced most of this episode was filmed with the lens cap left on). This was a tense episode with a lot to keep track of—most of all the deaths. Shit is really starting to hit the fan. I was on the edge of my seat throughout. I cannot wait to see where this goes!   If you haven't done so already, please do subscribe to the Sci-Fi Roundtable podcast. Last week we had a interview with Stephanie Barr, who is an author and rocket scientist. We talked about troubleshooting in space as well as cats and dragons, so that was a lot of fun. Over the next month, we’ve got episodes about steampunk, genetically modified humans, and engineering after the apocalypse. So, please do check those out.   Until next time, cheerio.   Jon
05:22
May 5, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 082 - April 28, 2019
Hello, welcome to my Author Diary for the week ending April 28, 2019.   I had a fun week. I’ve not done much in the way of work. My sister came to stay with her boyfriend and my nephew. My nephew is eight and my son is six, and they get on really well. I have to say it was a bit noisy, but they had a good time, so that's the main thing.   In terms of actual work, I wrote two scenes for The Hermit (book 9 of The Ravenglass Chronicles), which brings my total up to four scenes! I also wrote an outline for the new scenes I need to write for the third book in Black Death trilogy. My sister introduced me to a fun comedy called What we do in Shadows. I watched the film of this  a few years ago, but didn't realise there wasa series. It’s a mockumentary about vampires living in the modern day, and it's hilarious. I also watched the new episode of Game of Thrones, which I enjoyed, though it was definitely another episode of setup—they’ve had seven series of that, let’s just get to the finale! I won’t give away any spoilers (that would be mean), but I did laugh uproariously at ‘giant’s milk.’   You can also check out the new podcast I host called Sci-fi Roundtable. This is a podcast where science fiction and fantasy authors have discussions about specific topics in the realms of sci-fi and fantasy. The first five episodes are now live and include discussions about the multiverse and Japanese mythology. Next week, we have an actual rocket scientist talking about space, cats, and dragons, so that’s fun.     Yours,   Jon
04:51
April 28, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 081 - April 21, 2019
Hello, welcome to my Author Diary for the week ending April 21, 2019.   This week has been a bit different to what I expected. My son went to stay with his grandma for a couple of days, so that gave me chance to do some writing.   Because this wasn't scheduled work week, I decided to focus on the Black Death series, so I wrote twenty scenes—ten for book one and ten for book two—to fill in the gaps from losing one the collaborators.   The scenes are very barebones at the moment—they are in a first draft state. I will add more descriptions and bringing out more of the emotional impact in later drafts, but the dialogue and the story are there. I tend to write something similar to a poorly written screenplay for my first draft and then build on that until I get to to third and fourth drafts where I focus on things on the sentence level. Draft one is just me getting the story out of my head as quickly as possible.    I’ve re-read the first two books, and I have to say I’m very excited about the story. We’ve sat on it for over a year and it’s a relief to see the story works really well, and I especially love the way the suspence ramps up in the second book.   The new scenes are quite dark, so this isn't going to be a book for younger readers. Most of the books I’ve written tend to be suitable for teenagers, but this one is definitely geared towards an adult audience. There are dark themes and bad language.   I made a start on The Hermit, which is book nine of The Ravenglass Chronicles. I’m not sure yet how it's going to work with getting this next book out in June based of how long they usually take to write. I’ve got my sister-in-law staying at the moment and then next week my sister and her boyfriend are coming to stay for the week. The week after that, we're getting a new boiler fitted, so having some quiet time to write will be a challenge. I'll just see how things work out, but I should have a solid first draft by mid-May…hopefully.   Reading    I'm currently reading a book called Yendi by Stephen Brust. It’s a fast-paced, tightly written fantasy assassin story. It's a six-hour audiobook, so it’s the perfect antidote to the thirty-three hour slog that was The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. I'm already halfway through, and it's a blast.   Game of Thrones!   I watched the new episode of Game of thrones this week, which is very exciting. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this whole things turns out.   My wife and I made a little bit of a date night of it. So we ordered some takeaway food and put our feet up and watched.   I don't know where I heard it, but I was sure the episodes in this series were supposed to be ninty-minutes long—this one wasn't. It was a standard episode. Without giving away any spoiler, it was basically a lot of setup for the finale.   Podcast   Aside from the writing, I’ve also also been working on getting the episodes ready for the Sci-fi Roundtable podcast.   This is a podcast I've been doing with other science fiction and fantasy authors where we geek out about specific topics in science fiction and fantasy. We’ve recorded episodes about the multiverse, steampunk, Japanese mythology, and troubleshooting (with a real rocket scientist!)   Our aim is to launch this on Thursday, April 24, so look out for next week’s newsletter for the download link.   Question   I had a question this week from Amelia. She asked “What is your favourite fantasy series?”   This is one of those questions where there are probably too many to name but think it has to be Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive…so far, at least
05:37
April 21, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 080 - April 14, 2019
Hello, welcome to my author update the weekend. In April 14, 2019.  I've had a very busy week. Admittedly, most of it’s been spent playing with my son who is on his Easter holiday. We’ve been enjoying the sunshine, wrestling on his trampoline, and bingeing on David Attenborough programs. We watched the whole series of Frozen Planet and Galapagos. We also watched the movie Wreck-it Ralph, which I've never seen before. It's a kid’s movie a bit like e Shrek or Toy Story where there's a lot in there for grown-ups to enjoy. It’s basically a story about the bad guy in a 1980s videogame who wants a better life. I would recommend it.   Writing news In terms of actual writing. I did manage to get some stuff done. I got feedback for Strenfth (book 8 of The Ravenglass Chronicles) from my alpha readers, so I’ve been go through those. I made a few structural changes to the story, just to get the pacing better. There were one or two scenes where I'd indulge to be on the world-building and nothing really happened. So I’ve meshed a few scenes together. So, even though you’re getting the cool world-building details, stuff is happening and the story is moving. Final draft complete, I've now got Strength ready for the editor. I'm hoping it will be out early May.   The Ravenglass update I’m  in the process of rejigging The Ravenglass Chronicles books. I’ve put The Fool and The Magician together as one title, The Magician, and resubmitted the series to Amazon. What I’ve realised is I’ve still got a lot to do in terms of actually getting everything right with this, so I need to update my website and social media links   Black Death update On last week’s Author Diary podcast, I mentioned that the third collaborator on the post-apocalyptic Black Death trilogy lost his contribution to the second novel and had not written his contribution to the third book (the other collaborator and I had written our parts over a year ago), so we are parting ways with the other collaborator. Lynn Sheridan and I will now focus on getting the book finished over the coming months. There will be a bit of extra work to do in order to bring the wordcount back up to reasonable length. I’m looking forward to getting this things finished. The new covers have been ordered and I’ve already put together the first book.   Reading I have been reading the Prince by Machiavelli this week. This is a non-fiction book about the intricacies of ruling and leadership. There’s some stuff in there that I will no doubt inspire things in my fantasy series. I've also been reading The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. I’m about halfway through, and to be honest, it's a bit of a slog. It feels a little overwritten. The story is definitely there, but I think it could have been told in a much tighter way. So, I know this is just a style thing. I prefer some of the more recent authors like Brian McClellan, Scott Lynch, and Brandon Sanderson—their writing is much tighter and pacier.   Reviewers wanted I’m looking for advance reviewers for my Ravenglass Chronicle series. Because I removed The Fool from Amazon, a lot of my initial reviews have gone. At the moment, The Magician has only eight reviews—I want to get that to at least twenty. If you're interested, email me at jon@joncronshaw.com and I will send you a review copy of The Magician and then if you like it I'd appreciate you leaving a review on Amazon.   Questions I’ve had no questions this week, but if you have a question, please do email me at jon@joncronshaw.com
06:59
April 14, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 079 - April 7, 2019
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04:31
April 7, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 078 - March 31, 2019
Jon completed his second draft of Strength just in time for four weeks away from writing. Get the show a day early, plus regular short stories and early access to releases by joining Jon on Patreon. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor to get instant access for as a little as $1 a month. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he is mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Patreon. patreon.com/joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
04:03
March 31, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 077 - March 24, 2019
Jon started work on his second draft of Strength. Get the show a day early, plus regular short stories and early access to releases by joining Jon on Patreon. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor to get instant access for as a little as $1 a month. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he is mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Patreon. patreon.com/joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                                                                                                       
05:54
March 24, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 076 - March 17, 2019
Jon completed his first draft of Strength and talks about taking the Margaret Atwood Masterclass. Get the show a day early, plus regular short stories and early access to releases by joining Jon on Patreon. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor to get instant access for as a little as $1 a month. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he is mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Patreon. patreon.com/joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
05:43
March 17, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 075 - March 10, 2019
Jon was ill this week and talks about taking the Dan Brown Masterclass. Get the show a day early, plus regular short stories and early access to releases by joining Jon on Patreon. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor to get instant access for as a little as $1 a month. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he is mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Patreon. patreon.com/joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
04:48
March 10, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 074 - March 3, 2019
Jon completed his third draft of The Chariot and talks about taking the Neil Gaiman Masterclass. Get the show a day early, plus regular short stories and early access to releases by joining Jon on Patreon. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor to get instant access for as a little as $1 a month. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he is mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Patreon. patreon.com/joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
06:56
March 3, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 073 - February 24, 2019
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03:02
February 24, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 072 - February 17, 2019
Jon completed his rewrite of Wizard of the wasteland and carried on with his second draft of The Chariot. Get the show a day early, plus regular short stories and early access to releases by joining Jon on Patreon. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor to get instant access for as a little as $1 a month. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he is mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Patreon. patreon.com/joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
06:34
February 17, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 071 - February 10, 2019
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04:25
February 10, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 070 - February 3, 2019
Jon wrote through depression this week to write towards the first draft of The Chariot. Get the show a day early, plus regular short stories and early access to releases by joining Jon on Patreon. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor to get instant access for as a little as $1 a month. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he is mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Patreon. patreon.com/joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                                                                                                       
03:54
February 3, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 069 - January 27, 2019
Jon finished his third draft of The Lovers and started work on the first draft of The Chariot. He talks about re-reading Moby Dick, meditation, and learning harmonica. Get the show a day early, plus regular short stories and early access to releases by joining Jon on Patreon. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor to get instant access for as a little as $1 a month. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Patreon. patreon.com/joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                                                                                                       
08:24
January 27, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 068 - January 20, 2019
Jon spent the week writing the second draft of The Lovers, episode seven of The Ravenglass Chronicles. He talks about the book The Gulag Archipelago and his decision to join Patreon. Get the show a day early, plus regular short stories and early access to releases by joining Jon on Patreon. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor to get instant access for as a little as $1 a month. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Patreon. patreon.com/joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
04:58
January 20, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 067 - January 13, 2019
Jon is back at his writing desk after the Christmas break. He wrote the first draft to The Lovers, episode seven of The Ravenglass Chronicles. He talks about not missing Twitter, his new harmonica, and how he has taken up meditation. Get the show a day early, plus regular short stories and early access to releases by joining Jon on Patreon. Visit: patreon.com/joncronshawauthor to get instant access for as a little as $1 a month. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Patreon. patreon.com/joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
09:59
January 13, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 066 - January 6, 2019
It’s time to look forward. Jon outlines his goals for 2019. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
04:35
January 6, 2019
Jon's Author Diary - 065 - December 30, 2018
It’s time for Jon’s review of 2018. What went well? What didn’t? Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
12:46
December 30, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 064 - December 23, 2018
Jon launched The Emperor this week and outlined The Lovers, the next book in The Ravenglass Chronicles. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
04:42
December 23, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 063 - December 16, 2018
Jon completed his final draft of The Hierophant and got The Emperor ready for publication. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
04:12
December 16, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 062 - December 9, 2018
Jon tore apart his draft of The Hierophant and rebuilt from the ground-up. He also talks about why he’s pulled back from using Twitter. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
09:26
December 9, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 061 - December 2, 2018
This week, Jon re-drafted the first two books in the Black Death series. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
04:58
December 2, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 060 - November 25, 2018
Jon finished the second draft of The Hierophant, episode six of his serial, The Ravenglass Chronicles. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.                                                         
04:34
November 25, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 059 - November 18. 2018
Jon started working on the second draft of The Hierophant, episode six of his serial, The Ravenglass Chronicles. He also added more chapters to his first draft of Cleric of the Wasteland. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to @jlcronshaw on Twitter. Check out Jon’s other podcasts Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wherever you download your podcasts.
05:53
November 18, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 058 - November 11, 2018
Jon completed his first draft of The Hierophant, episode six of his serial, The Ravenglass Chronicles. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wheerever you download your podcasts.
05:22
November 11, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 057 - November 4, 2018
Jon is back at the writing desk after the half-term break. He ended up adding another 2,000 words to The Empress and completed his third draft of The Emperor. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wheerever you download your podcasts.                                                      
05:48
November 4, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 056 - October 28, 2018
It’s half-term this week, so Jon has had a chance to step away from the writing and reflect on some aspects of his future writing career. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and Otaku on Writing where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at geni.us/ravenglass.   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review wheerever you download your podcasts.
05:30
October 28, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 055 - October 21, 2018
This week, Jon completed his second draft of the Emperor and launched the fifth collection of Otaku Stories.   Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at tinyurl.com/ravenglass   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                  
03:38
October 21, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 054 - October 14, 2018
This week, Jon completed his first draft of the Emperor and brought the release date for The High Priestess forward. He also gives an update on the future of the Stop Booking Around! podcast and talks about this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at tinyurl.com/ravenglass   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                  
05:06
October 14, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 053 - October 7, 2018
This week, Jon completed his final draft of The Empress, the fourth novella in his epic fantasy series, The Ravenglass Chronicles. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at tinyurl.com/ravenglass   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                  
04:43
October 7, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 052 - September 30, 2018
This week Jon completed his second draft of The Empress, the fourth novella in his epic fantasy series, The Ravenglass Chronicles. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at tinyurl.com/ravenglass   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                  
04:06
September 30, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 051 - September 23
Jon is working on his second draft of The Empress and finished reading the Fellowhip of the Ring. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at tinyurl.com/ravenglass   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                  
03:53
September 23, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 050 - September 16. 2018
Jon launched The Magician yesterday, started writing The Empress, and continued working on Cleric of the Wasteland. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at tinyurl.com/ravenglass   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                  
05:04
September 16, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 049 - September 9, 2018
Jon outlined the next two novellas in his epic fantasy serial, The Ravenglass Chronicles. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at tinyurl.com/ravenglass   Follow Jon online: Amazon. amazon.com/author/joncronshaw BookBub. bookbub.com/authors/jon-cronshaw Facebook. facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Instagram. @joncronshawauthor Twitter.  @jlcronshaw Website. joncronshaw.com If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                  
03:45
September 9, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 048 - September 2, 2018
Jon finished his second draft of the High Priestess and The Magician is all ready for publication on September 15. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland. You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page. Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw. If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
03:20
September 2, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 047 - August 26, 2018
Jon continued re-drafting The High Priestess, has chosen a narrator for the Blind Gambit audiobook, and has been promoting his story Clockwork Titan. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland. You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page. Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw. If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
04:34
August 26, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 046 - August 19, 2018
Jon has started re-drafting The High Priestess and has launched The Fool as a free book on Amazon to get readers interested in his fantasy series. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland. You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page. Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw. If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
04:59
August 19, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 045 - August 12, 2018
Although Jon is still is summer holiday mode, he managed to complete another edit of The Fool and The Magician based on some great pointers from a beta reader. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland. You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page. Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw. If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
04:18
August 12, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 044 - August 5, 2018
Jon was on holiday in Scotland this past week and found some inspiration for his forthcoming fantasy series. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland. You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page. Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw. If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
03:59
August 5, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 043 -
Jon launched the first in a series of short story collections this week. Awake: Otaku Stories Volume One contains three stories inspired by the movie Akira. You can listen to the creative process that inspired these stories on the Otaku on Writing podcast. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland. You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page. Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw. If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
04:04
July 29, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 042 - July 22, 2018
Jon has had another busy week. He launched a new podcast Otaku on Writing, where three authors dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction. He also finished the first draft to The High Priestess, book 2 in his epic fantasy novella series, The Ravenglass Chronicles. Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com. Check out Jon’s other podcast Stop Booking Around!, where he his mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel. Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland. You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page. Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw. If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
05:54
July 22, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 041 - July 15, 2018
Stop Booking Around!: How to Overcome Author Procrastination is now live on Amazon. If you’re listening to this podcast on July 15-22, 2018, you can get the book for free on Amazon here: tinyurl.com/stopbookingaround. And, if you get something useful from the book, please leave a review.   Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com.   Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland.   You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page.   Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor   Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw.   If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                
05:39
July 15, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 040 - July 8, 2018
Jon has been finalising his non-fiction book Stop Booking Around!: How to Overcome Author Procrastination, and outlined the next book in his epic fantasy serial, The Ravenglass Chronicles.   Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com.   Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland.   You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page.   Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor   Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw.   If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                
05:06
July 8, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 039 - July 1, 2018
Jon completed the second draft of his novella, The Magician.   He also received the Stop Booking Around! non-fiction book from editor, so has been working through some of the changes.   Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com.   Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland.   You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page.   Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor   Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw.   If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                
02:04
July 1, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 038 - June 24, 2018
Jon completed the first draft of his novella in his epic fantasy series.   Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com.   Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland.   You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page.   Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor   Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw.   If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                
01:45
June 24, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 037 - June 17, 2018
Jon completed the first novelette in his epic fantasy series.   He answers a difficult question about Blind Reset and reflects on the balance between art and business.   Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com.   Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland.   You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page.   Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor   Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw.   If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
05:40
June 17, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 036 - June 10, 2018
Jon had to make a difficult decision this week about Blind Reset.   He talks about his progress on Cleric of the Wasteland and his epic fantasy series.   Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com.   Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland.   You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page.   Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor   Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw.   If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
06:29
June 10, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 035 - June 3, 2018
Jon had much of the week off. He joined Pinterest and edited his short story for the Morecambe Steampunk Festival.   As a bonus, you can listen to the live recording of the story as performed today at Morecambe’s Winter Gardens theatre.   Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com.   Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland.   You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page.   Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor   Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw.   If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
15:47
June 3, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 034 - May 27, 2018
Amazon #1 best-selling author, Jon Cronshaw (yes, you read that right!), carried on with the first draft of Blind Reset. It’s going a bit slower than he’d hoped.   Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com.   Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland.   You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page.   Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor   Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw.   If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
02:59
May 27, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 033 - May 20, 2018
Jon started work on Blind Reset this week and wrote a slightly insane steampunk story to perform the Morecambe Steampunk Festival on June 3.   He also got the cover back for the Stop Booking Around non-fiction book.   Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com.   Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland.   You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page.   Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor   Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw.   If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
03:09
May 20, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 032 - May 13, 2018
Jon sent his non-fiction book Stop Booking Around! to his copy editor and is geting ready to start work on Blind Reset.   Blind Gambit will be available at the limited price of 99p/99c for the next few days. Click HERE to order your copy today.   Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com.   Get your free copy of Addict of the Wasteland, the prequel to his Wasteland series, by visiting tinyurl.com/addictofthewasteland.   You can find out more about Jon Cronshaw and his work by visiting joncronshaw.com or Jon’s author page.   Like his Facebook page at facebook.com/joncronshawauthor   Follow him on Twitter @jlcronshaw.   If you want to help the show, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on iTunes.                                                                                                                                 
04:21
May 13, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 031 - May 6, 2018
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05:51
May 6, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 030 - April 29, 2018
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03:03
April 29, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 029 - April 22, 2018
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02:38
April 22, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 028 - April 15, 2018
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04:49
April 15, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 027 - April 8, 2018
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06:48
April 8, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 026 - April 1, 2018
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02:33
April 1, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 025 - March 25, 2018
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05:11
March 25, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 024 - March 18, 2018
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07:30
March 18, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 023 - March 11, 2018
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11:50
March 11, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 022 - March 4, 2018
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06:58
March 4, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 021 - February 25, 2018
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04:55
February 25, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 020 - February 18, 2018
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05:38
February 18, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 019 - February 11, 2018
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07:32
February 11, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 018 - February 4, 2018
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05:49
February 4, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 017 - January 28, 2018
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03:59
January 28, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 016 - January 21, 2018
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03:17
January 21, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 015 - January 14, 2018
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03:01
January 14, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 014 - January 7, 2018
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09:04
January 7, 2018
Jon's Author Diary - 013 - December 31, 2017
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10:04
December 31, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 012 - December 24, 2017
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13:34
December 24, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 011 - December 17, 2017
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11:36
December 17, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 010 - December 10, 2017
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04:06
December 10, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 009 - December 3, 2017
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06:26
December 3, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 008 - November 26, 2017
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05:02
November 26, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 007 - November 19, 2017
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08:16
November 19, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 006 - November 12, 2017
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05:02
November 12, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 005 - November 5, 2017
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09:57
November 5, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 004 - October 29, 2017
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09:01
October 29, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 003 - October 22, 2017
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10:19
October 22, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 002 - October 15, 2017
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08:55
October 15, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 001 - October 8, 2017
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12:14
October 8, 2017
Jon's Author Diary - 000 - Introduction
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01:05
October 1, 2017