I can't talk about much at the moment regards work as it's all very hush hush for the next few weeks. However, I can tell you that if you want to hear me babble about one of my favourite historicals, The Aztecs, you can find a podcast where I do so here:
It's been a very stressful time recently, for all of us. Friends and family I know are either putting themselves on the line to fight a virus we never thought would touch our daily lives - others jobless, fearful of their futures.
And the wonderful Emily Cook led a campaign of joy and positivity, gathering fans of Doctor Who around the world to rewatch episodes we love and adore. She's brought old showrunners, directors, writers, creatives, actors and all into the fray giving us new insight and new stories about a world we love to escape too.
Today, I can now reveal my hand in it in this magic.
I was given the honour to work on a small intimate project: a new short story by Steven Moffat. Illustrations were needed and of anyone she could have picked Emily asked me. Deadlines be damned, how could I possibly say no?
Below is my work for the Raggedy Doctor, turned around in less than 24 hours and I had the opportunity to work with people I never dreamt I would. Somebody pinch me!
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed working on it. The link to the video is here:
I've been invited very recently on a few podcasts about the current Doctor Who series which has been pretty exciting. I share ideas on different stories, and in the case of Who & Company share my love of my other favourite TV show - The Librarians.
It was wonderful to be invited on and if you fancy a listen, the links are down below!
Who and Company:
Surprise! I’m one of this months featured writers for Doctor Who Magazine where I talked about Sophie Aldred's book, At Childhood's End! Which you can purchase at your local newsagents, or online with a digital copy at https://pocketmags.com/doctor-who-magazine
I had some wonderful news this evening. My story 'A Single Wolf Grey and Gaunt' came strong second as Best Sci-fi & Fantasy Short Story 2019 in the Critters Readers' Choice Poll.
Thanks to everyone who voted and read and enjoyed my story and thank you to James Bojaciuk, Nicole Petit and M. H. Norris for helping and editing and supporting me with my first published short story!
Find the announcment and links to purchase the story here: https://18thwall.com/blue-ribbon-days-2020-the-critters-readers-poll
"Thunder called its warning..."
2019 has not been the best year for me personally, with the loss of my mother still so heavy, it's hard to think about the positives.
But something magical happened to me this year. I was contacted about doing a subscriber short trip, as a new writer for Big Finish Productions, creating a story for one of my favourite Doctors.
After pitching the idea, a story set in a period of history I was already familliar with, which was approved I then wrote 5,000 words and created something I hoped entertain the subscribers. What was amazing was spending time at Ladbroke Audio where I was given such a warm welcome and the wonderful Stephen Critchlow was a pleasure to have him record my story.
Listening to someone else read something I had written, and then knowing others would get the chance to listen to has been the proudest moment of the year. Big Finish have been amazing to work for and I hope that it won't be the last time.
Today it's out for the subscribing world to listen to. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
I did say that something was coming. Oh it's a coming.
As this is my last charity anthology as an editor, I wanted to focus on what we I love best about the show, and the theme relating to the most recent things going on my life. So I present to you 'A Hand to Hold' A Charity Anthology about the biggest family in the universe....
A sneakpeak and the details for the guidelines for writers below.
Artists, keep on the look out before the end of the year!
Entry Date for Story Pitches: November 23rd 2019 12am GMT.
Email your pitch in a word document with the title ‘A Hand To Hold’ Submission and your name to firstname.lastname@example.org
"There is no bigger family in the universe than the one the Doctor created.
This is a charity anthology to celebrate the characters and relationships we’ve come to love during the show’s 56 year run. From the First Doctor and his treasured Susan, to the Doctor being a father figure to Ace, to Sarah Jane tinkering around Bannerman Road with Luke and Sky, they’re all so important to us. For A Hand to Hold, we’re looking for stories with heart, and family at its center, even if it’s the family the Doctor has given us along the way.:
Proceeds from the anthology will go to Mount Edgecumbe Hospice in Cornwall, where my mother was recently a patient. Their outstanding work is funded only in part by the government and would be great to raise some more money to keep the hospice running smoothly....
Check out the details for the rest of the guidelines....
This post has been a long time coming and I am very grateful that is now, when I am sat in Cornwall when I've been told the best news...
So guys, It looks like I've become a published author today.
My short story "A Single Wolf, Grey and Gaunt" is one of many of the short stories curated by Nicole Petit from 18thWall Productions.
Here's the description:
Award-Winning curator Nicole Petit presents the ginchiest look into the supernatural world of the 1950s.
Between poodle skirts and white picket fences, there should be only one place to meet a monster: at the local drive-in. Captured by technicolor, these creatures of the night are banished by hanging up the speaker.
But there are other forces at work in the night. The ghost of a wooden roller coaster haunts the theme park that tore it down. Hot-Rodders race a particularly hellish speed demon. An American P.I. in London braves the fog to find a man chasing lights in the sky. A small town boy detective takes on three impossible, eldritch cases. There’s no telling what’s out there, beyond the drive-in’s screen.
Sockhops & Seances features stories by Kara Dennison, Sophie Iles, Jaap Boekestein, Richard Sheppard, James Dorr, Josh Reynolds, Joshua Wanisko, Jackson Kuhl, David M. Heonig, M. Lopes da Silva, and Jon Black.
I started pitching for this story for 18th Wall in February last year, aching to write original fiction.
The only thing I was truly sure about was setting my story in Cornwall. A few weeks earlier I was visiting family in Fowey, before my parents then moved here early this year and i considered what a great setting it would be for a supernatural story. Fowey in particular felt like a great place for a mystery.
Whilst we were on the beach together, laughing and joking my brother was playing fetch with his dog Roxy on Par beach and that image wouldn't leave me head, and even now, was the biggest inspiration for the first scene.
Everything started to click into place after that, and was a joy to write, and re-write with the help of the wonderful editors and curators at 18th Wall.
Whilst I am determined to not reveal any spoilers, if you're into anything regarding old British legends, wise-cracking New Yorkers, deer-hounds, and 1950s television then you'll probably enjoy this story!
Last thing but really not least, my fictional Cornish harbour town was named after my Nan, Mena Trethewey, who passed away four years ago this January coming. I miss her every day.
Want to find out more? The best links to purchase the story is here:
Ebooks - PDF, Kindle, & EPUB (US, UK, & CA)
I've been lucky to have some wonderful friends in Bristol, who have helped me find an office space to work in. So I spent this morning setting it up. I have to admit it was very exciting. From June 10th this will be my home from home.
And here are some pictures to celebrate (and there's still not all of the artwork I want up on display yet. Though I shall save some for my home office...)
A year ago today my life changed forever.
Why? Today marked the first anniversary of the first night of Doctor Who On Twitch!
Honestly, I had no idea what this would become. I was working in a call center then, I had a few followers but nothing to brag about. I was still very new social media and putting my artwork up.
Who knew I'd have at least 30 followers by the end of that week, just for some simple doodles of my favourite characters and on, to create a charity anthology. On to leave my full time job to write and draw full time.
It's insane that's what it is!
So to celebrate here are a just a few of my favourites from my first three weeks of drawing.
So tell me, what was your favourite artwork inspired by the Twitch Stream?