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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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242 - 40th Birthday, Trial of Thieves, Malice, John Gwynne
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06:13
May 14, 2022
141 - May 8, 2022 - Trial of Thieves, TOOL, 40th birthday...
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06:14
May 07, 2022
240 - Trial of Thieves, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
In this week’s author diary, Jon talks about his rewrite of Trial of Thieves, reading Good Omens, and project that may or may not happen. Follow Jon on TikTok @joncronshawauthor
07:06
April 30, 2022
239 - April 24, 2022 - Trial of Thieves, Blind Gambit, David Eddings
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06:37
April 23, 2022
238 - April 17, 2022 - Ravenglass Legends 2, Jeffrey L. Kohanek
In this week’s author diary, Jon Cronshaw talks about writing up his outline for the second Ravenglass Legends book. He also talks about reading The Eye of Obscurance by Jeffrey L. Kohanek, Take Off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawker, and others. He then outlines his plans for next week. Visit joncronshaw.com to get your free copy of Birth of Assassins. 
04:58
April 16, 2022
237 - April 10, 2022 - Trial of Thieves, Ravenglass Legends, Jeffrey L. Kohanek
In this week's author diary, Jon talks about having some time off, his progress on Trial of Thieves, and outlining the second book in his Ravenglass Legends series. You can subscribe to Jon Cronshaw's Author Diary wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit: joncronshaw.com to claim your free copy of Birth of Assassins.
03:56
April 09, 2022
236 - Trial of Thieves, The Wolf and the Wyvern
In this week’s author diary, Jon talks about his progress on Trial of Thieves, The Wolf and the Wyvern, plus building a new Facebook group for readers. Get your free copy of Birth of Assassins from joncronshaw.com
07:54
April 02, 2022
235 - March 27, 2022 - The Wolf and the Wyvern, Trial of Thieves, The Demon Cycle
In this week’s author diary, Jon talks about his progress on Trial of Thieves, starting a new project set in the Ravenglass Universe, and some news on the future of Indie Author Mastermid. Visit: joncronshaw.com to claim your free copy of Birth of Assassins.
07:05
March 26, 2022
334 - March 20, 2022 - Trial of Thieves, The Heroin's Journey, The Daylight Way
In this week's author diary, Jon talks about his progress on Trial of Thieves, and why he chjanged his method of writing.  He also discusses The Heroin's Journey by Christine Downing and The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett.  Visit joncronshaw.com 
06:32
March 19, 2022
233 - March 13, 2022 - Trial of Thieves, Peter V. Brett, Robert McKee
In this week’s author diary, Jon talks about reaching the midpoint of Trial of Thieves, coming to an abrupt stop, and rewriting the outline for the second half of the novel. He also reviews The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett and Character by Robert McKee. Subscribe to Jon's YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/joncronshawauthor
04:13
March 12, 2022
231 - February 27, 2022 - Trial of Thieves, Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate, new venture
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02:40
February 26, 2022
230 - February 20, 2022 - Trial of Thieves.
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04:37
February 19, 2022
229 - February 13, 2022 - Ravenglass Legends, Trial of Thieves, Robin Hobb
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06:09
February 12, 2022
228 - February 6, 2022 - Trial of Thieves, Robin Hobb, assassin's Quest
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04:25
February 05, 2022
227 - Dawn of Assassins, Trial of Thieves, Ravenglass Legends, Robin Hobb
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03:04
January 29, 2022
226 - January 23, 2022 - Dawn of Assassins: what went wrong?
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09:03
January 22, 2022
225 - Dawn of Assassins, Black Death Survival, Greatcoats
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06:15
January 15, 2022
224 - January 9, 2022 - Dawn of Assassins, Black Death Survival, Greatcoats
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05:41
January 08, 2022
223 - Review of the year 2021
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16:02
January 01, 2022
222 - Jon's favourite reads of 2021
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08:00
December 25, 2021
221 - Decemner 19, 2021 - Admin schmadmin, The Traitor's Blade
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05:14
December 18, 2021
220 - December 12, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, The Traitor's Blade, Horus Heresy
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06:40
December 11, 2021
219 - December 5, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, Horus Heresy, James
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06:03
December 04, 2021
218 - November 28, 2021 - EGYPT!
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07:42
November 28, 2021
217 - November 21, 2021 - Interview with Robert Wright for Black Country Talking Newspaper
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23:20
November 20, 2021
216 - November 14, 2021 - Egypt, The Magician's Nephew, Rob Moore
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02:49
November 13, 2021
215 - November 7, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, Black Death Survival, Michael Anderle, Craig Martelle, Games Workshop
Welcome to Jon’s author diary for the week ending November 7, 2021. I’ve not had the best week in terms of mood. I can definitely feel seasonal affective disorder rearing its ugly head. This means I feel both restless and tired and my creative energy has been very low. I usually find this hits me around the end of October, so I’m not surprised that it’s here. I’ve not written anything new this week, but I did get Dawn of Assassins back from the editor and went through that. That book is now ready for publication, so that’s exciting. My original plan was to release it as an experiment on Kindle Vella while I’m working on the second book, but it’s not available yet for UK-based authors, so I’ll be launching the book in January. Hopefully that will do better than Black Death Survival, which on reflection has been a complete waste of time since starting the project. In future, I need to remember not to fall for the sunk cost fallacy. I spent a lot of time working on the book, several months I could have spent doing other projects. I’m sure it’ll pay for itself over time, but it’s not done well at all, and I don’t think a post-apocalyptic story featuring real people in the UK is what the readers want. But this is good. This is me drawing a line under a project that had been open for over three years. It’s also me drawing a line under writing post-apocalyptic fiction because what the readers want does not align with the types of stories I want to tell. So lots of reflection this week. Reflection about my writing career so far, the successes and failures, the ups and downs. In April 2017, I drew up a five-year plan to make a sustainable full-time income as an author. The plan worked. I did it. But as we’re moving towards the end of 2021, I keep asking myself ‘what next?’ Do I continue writing books and building up my back catalogue? Or, do I scale the business up? I feel like it’s time draw up a new five-year plan. I can write more stories in the Ravenglass universe. I can work with other authors, outsource tasks, and expand what I do. I’m inspired by what companies like Games Workshop and authors like Michael Anderle and Craig Martelle have built. They’ve created universes and a cast of unforgettable characters. I wrote my twenty-one book series The Ravenglass Chronicles and Dawn of Assassins is set in the same universe. It’s a universe where I can tell many stories, from stone age fantasy to space opera, and everything between. And that’s exciting. That’s potential. Me doing this alone isn’t sustainable. I need to grow this thing. In terms of reading, I read Legion and Battle for the Abyss. These were books 7 and 8 in the Warhammer 40k Horus Heresy series. They couldn’t have been different in terms of quality. Legion was very good, but I struggled to get through Battle for the Abyss. I’ve found with this series that some books are much better than others, but I like the idea of having a huge overarching story that gives space for many smaller stories to be told. So, next week is going to be interesting. I should be going to Egypt. We’ve got the tickets. My bags are packed. I’m still not fully convinced that I’m going, but if I do, I’m sure it will help with the SAD stuff. Finally, if you haven’t done so already, you can get your free copy of Birth of Assassins by visiting joncronshaw.com. So, until next time, cheerio.
06:21
November 06, 2021
214 - October 31, 2021 - Trial of Thieves, Susanna Clarke, Perinesi, Chuck Palanhuik
Welcome to Jon’s author diary for the week ending October 31, 2021. This is the Halloween special of Jon’s author diary. And like all of my previous Halloween specials this episode is like any other, except I’m wearing an awesome vampire costume. For those watching the video, you’ll obviously notice the lengths I want to make this costume as genuine as possible -- I am of course a modern day vampire who has done all he can to blend in with the populous. This week has been the half-term break. My wife and son have been at home, so I’ve done very little in the way of work. I have spent a bit of time going over Trial of Thieves, which is the second book in my Dawn of Assassins series, previously called A Murder of Crows. I want to make sure that the changes I made to Dawn of Assassins are reflected in the second book. It’s basically meant adding an extra scene and removing references to an event that no longer occurs. It also means I’ve got a new subplot in the story, which is always fun. Not that this book isn’t complicated enough with its weaving subplots... In terms of reading, I read Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. This is one of those books that gets under your skin. It’s marketed as a fantasy book, but it really isn’t. The story is excellent. The world is fascinating. The audiobook performance might be one of the best I’ve ever heard. But it’s not fantasy. It might appear on the fantasy shelves in a bookshop. It might have been nominated for a bunch of fantasy awards. But it’s not fantasy. Or, at least, if it is fantasy, it’s fantasy in the same way Robert Holdstock’s Mythago Wood is fantasy, or Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is sci-fi. It feels like fantasy, but it isn’t. It’s realism masquerading as fantasy. But this isn't about arguing the borders of genre. There's something very interesting going on with this book. And calling it a fantasy would be taking away its power. Piranesi is about a man living through something very traumatic. The hints are littered throughout the text that this is a character living with Dissociative Personality Disorder in order to cope with the awful situation he finds himself. It’s subtle. But it’s there. And it’s disturbing when you piece it together. This is one of those books that I know will stick with me for years to come. This led me onto another book about Dissociative Personality Disorder: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. I’ve watched the film, so I knew the twist. But the book is excellent. The voice is off the charts. And I’m convinced that Tyler Durden isn’t the only extra personality inhabiting the narrator. I also read a non-fiction book by Carl Abrahamsson called Occulture. A fusion of the words occult and culture. This essay collection explores how occult ideas influence the development of art, philosophy, music, and film. If you’re interested in thinkers like Carl Jung, Aleister Crowley, and Anton LeVey, this will make for a fascinating and insightful read. Next week, I’m back to work on Trial of Thieves. And I need to start packing for my research trip to Egypt, which still looks like it’s going ahead. I have to say, I feel like I’m playing a game of chicken, and that I can’t get fully invested in the idea of going on a trip because of everything that has gone on during the past year-and-a-half. I’m in the mindset that I’ll believe it when I get off the plane in Cairo. Take care, Jon P.S. My novel Blind Gambit is now free on all major ebook stores.
04:40
October 30, 2021
213 - October 24, 2021 - Black Death Survival, Dawn of Assassins, Bernard Cornwell
Welcome to Jon’s author diary for the week ending October 24, 2021. I have had a crazy busy week. Black Death Survival is now live! Visit: geni.us/blackdeathsurvival to get your copy. If you’re a fan of dark, gritty post-apocalyptic tales about ordinary people in extraordinary times, get your copy now. If you’ve been following my writing career for a while, you’ll know what a rollercoaster this story has been for me. It was very close to being abandoned, but I hate leaving projects unfinished. What this means is I’m at the point where the only live project I have is the Dawn of Assassins series. So, that’s going to be something new for me. We’ll see if I can cope! As well as doing everything to do with the book launch, I also finished my redraft of Dawn of Assassins. I ended up adding about 3,000 words to the manuscript, and tweaked the ending slightly. This wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, but I’m happy with what I’ve done. Which reminds me, I now have to covers back for the first three Dawn of Assassins books. They look amazing. After some feedback about the second book, that is no longer going to be called Murder of Crow, but trial of thieves. This fits better with the story and won’t see my book competing with a bunch of others with the same title. So, I’m looking at releasing Dawn of Assassins early next year, followed by Trial of Thieves, and Crucible of Shadows. I’m writing it as a trilogy, but it has the potentially longer series. As well as all the writing stuff, I had my friend Russ come to stay last weekend. We spent most of Saturday drinking and coming up with ideas for his Dungeons and Dragons campaign. I’ve not played D&D since I was a kid, but I do love worldbuilding and designing characters. So, I had a lot of fun doing that. I also went to the first in-person meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Speakers Group. I joined the club during the early days of the pandemic and this is the first time we’ve met in person. I had a really good time and it was great to meet people I’d known over Zoom face to face. In terms of reading, I read the Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell. This is book 5 in his Saxon Chronicles series. I really enjoy these books. Great characters, great action scenes, and an excellent story. I also read a writing craft book called the Creative Compass. This discussed the different layers of the writing process. It was interesting to see how the technique pretty much mapped my own. Though every time I read about the traditional publishing process of sending out query letters, waiting for months, and hoping an acquisitions editor will smile upon you seems so antiquated and unnecessary. I’d definitely recommend the book if you’re interested in the actual process of getting a book down. Next week is the October half-term. This means my wife and son will be at home and that I will be having a much-needed break. Do remember to get your copy of Black Death Survival. If you go onto my YouTube channel, you can watch me reading the first chapter. So, until next time. Cheerio.
07:51
October 23, 2021
212 - October 17, 2021 - Black Death Survival, Dawn of Assassins, RJ Barker, The Bone Ships
Welcome to Jon’s author diary for the week ending October 17, 2021. I’ve had a busy week. Much of it has been spent getting everything ready for my launch of Black Death Survival. This is now up for pre-order and the paperback is live. The hardback is in review and I’ve been going through the auditions for the audio edition. I’ve taken a step back from writing A Murder of Crows and have decided I need to write another draft of Dawn of Assassins. I thought this book was done. But it needs something else. My unconscious mind has been nagging at me for a few weeks about this book. And it was right. So, I’m going through one more time to make sure the setting feels more lived in. The story’s there, there characters are there, but I need to spend a bit more time showing the setting to the reader. It’s a grubby, grimy setting, and although I can picture that in my mind, it doesn’t come through onthe page. So, this is going to put my schedule back for this book, but I’d rather release something I’m proud of than a book I know isn’t as good as I can make it. Reading This week I read The Memory Code by Lynne Kelly. This was a book about how oral history is communicated through objects and markers on the landscape. Her main argument is the places like Goblekli Tepe, Stonehenge, and Easter Island could have been built to help tell stories. Her research was fascinating, though I’m not sure I buy all of her arguments. I also read The Bone Ships by RJ Barker. This was excellent. If you enjoy nautical fantasy with luscious worldbuilding, this is a book for you. What’s next? So, next week is all about getting everything ready for launching Black Death Survival. Plus, I want to carry on with my redraft of Dawn of Assassins. It also looks like my research trip to Egypt is going ahead next month, so I need to start gathering provisions for that. Take care, Jon
03:04
October 16, 2021
211 - October 10, 2021 - A Murder of Crows, Black Death Survival, RJ Barker, The Bone Ships
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06:31
October 09, 2021
210 - October 3, 2021 - A Murder of Crows, Black Death Survival, Bernard Cornwell, Terry Pratchett
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03:51
October 02, 2021
209 - September 26, 2021 - A Murder of Crows, AC Cobble, P. T. Hylton, Michael Anderle, Bernard Cornwell
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03:34
September 25, 2021
208 - September 19, 2021 - A Murder of Crows, Terry Pratchett, Bernard Cornwell
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03:27
September 18, 2021
207 - September 12, 2021 - A Murder of Crows, Dawn of Assassins, Terry Pratchett
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04:27
September 11, 2021
206 - September 5, 2021 - A Murder of Crows, Garth Nix, Lee Child
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02:54
September 04, 2021
205 - August 29, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, A Murder of Crows
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03:35
August 28, 2021
204 - August 22, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, Bernard Cornwell, M.D. Massey, Ed Cannon
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04:37
August 21, 2021
203 - August 15, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, David Daglish, A Dance of Cloaks
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07:17
August 14, 2021
202 - August 8, 2021 - A Murder of Crows, Cross-bay walk, Robert V. S. Redick
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05:19
August 07, 2021
201 - August 1, 2021 - Murder of Crows, Robert V. S. Redick, Master Assassins,
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July 31, 2021
200 - Black Death London, A Murder of Crows, Leigh Bardugo, The Grisha trilogy
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July 24, 2021
199 - July 18, 2021 - Black Death Survival/London, Crucible of Shadows, Leigh Bardugo
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05:59
July 17, 2021
198 - July 11, 2021 - Black Death Survival, The Gibson Contiuum, Robin Hobb, Crucible of Shadows
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17:58
July 10, 2021
197 - July 4, 2021 - Black Death Survival, Robin Hobb, The Story Grid
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10:57
July 03, 2021
196 - June 27, 2021 - Black Death, Crucible of Shadows, Robin Hobb
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06:44
June 26, 2021
195 - June 20, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, Crucible of Shadows, Scott Lynch, Robin Hobb
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05:57
June 19, 2021
194 - June 13, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, Scott Lynch, Michael J. Sullivan
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03:11
June 12, 2021
193 - June 6, 2021 - Dawn of assassins, Scott Lynch, Red Seas Under Red Skies
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03:29
June 05, 2021
192 - Dawn of Assassins, Eurovision, Michael J. Sullivan
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06:03
May 29, 2021
191 - May 23, 2021 - Covid jab, Dawn of Assassins, Scott Lynch
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03:45
May 22, 2021
190 - May 16, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, Lindsay Buroker, Emperor's Edge, Kel Kade, King's Dark Tidings, The Annunaki Connection
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08:30
May 15, 2021
189 - May 9, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, Michael J. Sullivan, My Octopus Teacher
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05:46
May 08, 2021
188 - May 2, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, Michael J. Sullivan, Blackguards, The Dark Crystal
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03:35
May 01, 2021
187 - April 25, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, Michael J. Sullivan, Jeff Vandermeer, Lindsay Buroker
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09:36
April 24, 2021
186 - April 18, 2021 - Facebook live, Dawn of Assassins, Amazon Vella, lockdown lifted, Michael J. Sullivan
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05:36
April 17, 2021
185 - April 11, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, Easter holidays, Sci-fi Roundtable, Michael J. Sullivan, The Riyria Revelations, Rise of Empire, Heir of Novron
Welcome to Jon’s author diary for the week ending April 11, 2021. In this week’s episode, Jon talks about his trip to Wolverhampton, his quarter two goals, and shares his impromptu speech about scary creatures. Plus, he has an announcement about the Sci-Fi Roundtable podcast.  Visit: joncronshaw.com to claim your free novel, Birth of Assassins.
10:35
April 10, 2021
184 - April 4, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, Easter break, Across the Nightingale Floor, The Riyria Revelations, Michael J. Sullivan
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending April 4, 2021. Jon talks about the barrage of ideas he gets when he stops writing.  He discusses the books Across the Nightingale Floor and theft of Swords. Visit joncronshaw.com to claim your free copy of Birth of Assassins.
05:09
April 03, 2021
183 - March 28, 2021 - The Wasteland series, Dawn of Assassins, Lindsay Buroker, Emperor's Edge, David Gemell, Assassin's Curse
Welcome to Jon's Author Diary for the week ending March 28, 2021. In this week's episode Jon talks about his forthcoming launch of the Wasteland series boxset, his progress on Dawn of Assassins, and his plans for the Easter holiday. Click HERE to claim your free copy of Birth of Assassins.
03:17
March 27, 2021
181 - March 14, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, Jon Courtney Grimwood, The Fallen Blade, WrestleMania
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11:05
March 13, 2021
180 - March 7, 2021 - Wizard of the Wasteland, Dawn of Assassins, David Dalglish, A Dance of Mirrors
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04:27
March 06, 2021
179 - February 28, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, The Little Thief, A Dance of Blades, TED Talks, David Dalglish
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08:15
February 27, 2021
178 - February 21, 2021 - Half-term break, A Dance of Cloaks, David Dalglish,
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02:58
February 20, 2021
177 - February 14, 2021 - Dawn of Assassins, The Queen's Thief, Among Thieves, memory speech
Welcome to Jon’s author diary for the week ending February 14, 2021. It has been a busy week. I’ve written the first chapter to my next novel, working title Dawn of Assassins. I had February 22 down on my calendar to start this one, but I couldn’t wait to get going! Throughout January and the first week I’ve February I wrote a short prequel novel and a short story to help me get the characters’ voices and motivations feeling real before I started writing the main series. It’s set in the same universe as The Ravenglass Chronicles. Time has moved on a few hundred years, so the technology and society have progressed, and the city of Nordturm is much larger than it was in the original series. It follows the life of a thief called Fedor who is dragged into the dark world of assassins. You can expect the wyverns, ravenglass magic system, and parallel worlds you saw in The Ravenglass Chronicles, but with the emphasis on Nordturm’s criminals rather than a spoilt princess. I’m really excited about the story and my hope is that you’ll come along for the ride.
10:15
February 13, 2021
176 - February 7, 2021 - The Little Thief, Thief in the Myst, Warhammer 40k, Ben Hale, Lindsay Buroker
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03:50
February 06, 2021
175 - January 31, 2021 - Birth of Assassins, The Palace Job, Patrick Weekes, Jack of Thieves, Ben Hale
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07:26
January 30, 2021
174 - January 24, 2021 - Birth of Assassins, Brandon Sanderson, Rhythm of War, Patrick Weekes, The Palace Job, The Wasteland series
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04:11
January 23, 2021
173 - January 17, 2021 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, Birth of Assassins, Brandon sanderson, Egypt
Welcome to Jon's author diary for the week ending January 17, 2021. We’re a few weeks into the year, and I’m still writing 2020. Oh well. If you’re a regular listener to my weekly Author Diary podcast, you’ll know that last week I had a crappy time dealing with the latest UK lockdown. I’ve not been able to see my mum, siblings, or friends since the summer, and it’s been very difficult to keep hope and have faith that things will get better. So, this week, I decided to dig deep to get the words down. Even though we’re home-schooling my son, I’ve been getting up at 5.30am to write. And it’s been going well. I’ve passed the 20,000-word mark on my next book, which has the working title Birth of Assassinsand is the prequel to a new series set in in the Ravenglass Universe. I figured it would be nice to move from telling the story of a magical princess to one about a gang of thieves. It’s been a lot of fun discovering a group of new characters and I’m struggling to keep up with the ideas I’m getting for the series. I’m doing this book as a freebie for you guys to thank you for your support over the past year. I know it’s been hard for everyone, so I’ll let you know when it’s ready and you can download your free copy. I was disappointed this week to have to move a holiday I had booked to Egypt this coming March, but with the UK in lockdown, it’s looking highly unlikely that we’ll be able to travel any time soon. So we’ve moved it to November. Hopefully, by then, there will be a little more normality…hopefully. Egypt is one of my bucket-list places, so I can’t wait to go. I have wanted to see the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx since I can remember. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll discover for myself whether the pyramids were built by aliens, or whether, as I’m inclined to believe, they were actually built by humans. We shall see. Review milestone I was very pleased to see this week that the first boxset in the Ravenglass Chronicles passed the 500 reviews mark on Amazon. And 70 percent of those reviews were five-star! I’ve not had a book go over 100 reviews before, so that’s a nice achievement unlocked. Long may it continue. Release news In terms of releases, the second half of the Ravenglass Chronicles (episodes twelve-to-twenty) is now live. So, for those of you waiting for me to complete the series, it’s all done and dusted and available to enjoy. Click HERE to order.
03:51
January 16, 2021
172 - January 10, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, lockdown 3
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02:56
January 08, 2021
171 - January 3, 2021 - Goals for 2021, favourite reads of 2020, Birth of Assassins, Wasteland series, 48 Laws of Power, Brandon Sanderson
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10:03
January 02, 2021
170 - December 27, 2020 - Review of 2020
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11:08
December 26, 2020
169 - December 20, 2020 - The World, The Ravenglass Chronicles, King of the Wasteland,. Cleric of the Wasteland, Brandon Sanderson, Stormlight Archive
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04:57
December 19, 2020
168 - December 13, 2020 - King of the Wasteland, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis
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03:36
December 12, 2020
167 - December 6, 2020 - Birth of Assassins, the Wasteland series, the Great Pyramid of Giza speech, Under the Black Flag, Lives of the Stoics
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09:53
December 05, 2020
166 - November 29, 2020 - New project, The Ravenglass Chronicles, Knight of the Wasteland, Richard Tarnass, George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
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05:55
November 28, 2020
165 - November 22, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, The Wasteland series, Brandon Sanderson, Seven Basic Plots, George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
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05:59
November 21, 2020
164 - November 15, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, Roald Dahl, The Seven Basic Plots, The Dark Side of the Enlightenment, the tarot
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10:17
November 14, 2020
163 - November 8, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, Empire of Storms, The World, Judgement
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03:18
November 07, 2020
162 - November 1, 2020 - Kurt Vonnegut, Throne of Glass, The Ravenglass Chronicles, NaNoWriMo, Sarah J. Maas, Hygge, Oxsight Crystal, Show Don't Tell
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08:11
October 31, 2020
161 - October 25, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, next series, Throne of Glass, Alan Partridge
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09:04
October 24, 2020
160 - October 18, 2020
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02:24
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.
04:41
October 03, 2020
157 - September 27, 2020 - The Ravenglass Chronicles, Terry Pratchett, Pirates, Raising Steam, Stephen R. Donaldson, NaNoWriMo
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06:04
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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04:52
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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09:59
September 05, 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.
11:44
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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05:09
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 08, 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 01, 2020
148 - July 26, 2020 - holiday, Eurovision, Aladdin, NLP, The Moon, Sci-Fi Roundtable
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04:13
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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07:42
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 04, 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
08:08
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
07:55
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 06, 2020
140 - May 31, 2020 - Cleric of the Wasteland progress, Egypt update, Sins of Empire, Creativity, Sci-Fi Roundtable
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09:51
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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06:42
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 09, 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 02, 2020
135 - April 26, 2020 - lockdown, mental health, Forbidden Archaeology, Ancient Aliens, Scott Adams, economics MasterClass
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06:46
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  
07:47
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.
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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