Author: mharoldpage

Feeling Grown Up – a Hypothesis

There’s this idea that few of us feel truly grown up, that inside the typical 60 year old is a 16 year old going, “What the hell is happening to me?” Charlie wrote a wise article about this (comments are also worth reading).

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Posted in Modern Culture

It wasn’t the casualty rate that made the Somme so bad

Obviously, the Battle of the Somme was bloody awful. Arguably, it was an appalling waste. But, in the grand scheme of things, how bad was it really? It was certainly a horrific mega battle, running for 5 months, with British Empire casualties estimated

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Posted in History, Military, Uncategorized

Day one of Conpulsion!

A long long day. Took Kurtzhau and friend there via bus, the lads being old enough to help haul swords and bags. We went off to our separate MilSF games, then I dashed downstairs to demo swords with DDS. Short

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My Young Adult Books

I write my books for adults, but some of them are also suitable for Young Adults… Shieldwall: Barbarians! The Shieldwall series was inspired by playing Rome Total War: Barbarian Invasion. It’s an old-fashioned boy’s adventure, basically “young officer finds his feet”

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My writing space

I write inside a small room off our living room. With the door open I have daylight. In an empty house, I have peace. I have two monitors, a windows PC running Scrivener.  Lots of books (not shown in the picture)

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Posted in Writing Life

4 ways to write if you can’t sit still (e.g. due anxiety)

This came up recently on Reddit; due mostly to anxiety, a poster could not write without constant pacing. (PSA: Constant pacing is pretty much incompatible with typing a story!) I don’t get anxiety but I am a professional author, so

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Posted in Writing Tips

Big Magic Creativity Beyond Fear when you’re a professional with responsibilities

So I just reviewed Elizabeth “Eat Love Pray” Gilbert’s Big Magic for Black Gate. It’s a good entertaining book, and it has a wise message: Give yourself permission to enjoy your creativity for its own sake; don’t burden it with

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Posted in Writing Life

Charles Stross and I build a Sword and Planet universe and Kurtzhau (12) breaks it

“But it’s Science Fiction,” insists Charlie. He’s just handed Kurtzhau (12) a signed copy of the Atrocity Archives. “No,” I say with a laugh. “It’s Horror – or at least it is as far as the school is concerned.” A few

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How do I manage my writing time?

Writers must multi-task. Professionally, it’s a must — we’re editing one manuscript while drafting another, all the while keeping up with blogging and admin. Artistically, it’s also a must. Too long just editing and we grow stale and twitchy. Too long

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Posted in Blog Post, Business of Writing, Writing Life, Writing Tips

Spec for perfect Fantasy mapping tool for authors

This is a rough draft for sharing… 1 Introduction Fantasy authors, game designers and referees need a tool for creating and maintaining imaginary worlds. Since we are in the business of crafting and/or extemporising narrative, our requirements only partially overlap

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