Early Islands of Hope Update – 12/04/2019

I am away from tomorrow so you get the ‘Islands of Hope’ update a day early this week. We are back to Johanna this week, she’s in the third and final cage, hoping someone will buy her. Will she get the escape she wants so she can get her family back together? I did not quite manage to finish Chapter 37 but will hopefully next week as it is another short one due to so many strands of the story coming together. I really hope it is all getting exciting as I am enjoying writing it. You can get Chapter 37 on wattpad by going here, or start from the beginning here.


Islands of Hope Update – 06/04/2019

Not a massive update this week for two reasons, firstly I have been working on the poem ‘I Grew A Beard’ which you can read here, and secondly, Chapter 36 is not a big one so it only took just over three hundred words to finish it off. I really enjoyed this bit of the story though, as it allowed me to write some dialogue with Du Puteron being purposely annoying. I think I managed to channel my inner cheeky imp well. Anyway, Du Puteron has been arrested, but who did he send the message to? You’ll have to wait till next week to find out, actually it won’t be for a few chapters so will be longer than a week! For now, you can read the completed Chapter 36 here, or start from the beginning here.

New Vlog – I Grew A Beard

It has been some time since I have done a vlog, but here’s a new one for you. I thought about reading some of my poetry before, but have been experimenting with different ways of recording since my compact camera broke. Most recently I borrowed a digital video camera but, as you can see from the vlog, the sound levels are not great. Can’t I just get a cheap camera with good quality video and decent sound levels? Apparently not! Anyway, turn up your volume to max (you’re going to need that volume!) and enjoy the poem. Oh, and I hope you enjoy the intro thing I created too.

If you want to read any more of my poetry you can on wattpad in my collection ‘Bad Poetry You probably never want to read.’

New Poem: I Grew A Beard

Well this poem came out of nowhere! Basically I got a bit too lazy to shave then decided I would grow a beard for a bit until I could be bothered to shave properly again. After a week’s growth, my wife said that it really suited me. Then other people, after initially asking me when I was going to shave, started to say they like it. So there we go, I now have a beard. Only problem is that I have no beard trimmer so it is all starting to look a bit crazy. You can read the poem the beard inspired below, and even see my beard to decided whether it looks good or not. It is hopefully written like a journey, from unsure stubble, to proud beard owner onto unkempt fraud. If you want a few more clicks you can also read the poem in my poetry collection on wattpad entitled ‘Bad Poetry You probably never want to read.’ There is other poorly written poetry there too!


I Grew A Beard


I grew a beard

When the stubble appeared

I looked like a zero

More hobo than hero


I grew a beard

A path I almost veered

When people started asking

How long this fluff was lasting


I grew a beard

I thought you’d sneered

At my lovely bristles

A face full of thistles


I grew a beard

But it’s not what I feared

I thought it would itch

Until full-bodied and rich


I grew a beard

I thought it looked weird

But it looks quite good

Much better than it should


I grew a beard

I didn’t get jeered

Just got asked a question

About my hairy direction


I grew a beard

Glad I persevered

It doesn’t look too bad

My view’s now ironclad


I grew a beard

Now it’s quite revered

It’s talk of the town

A metaphorical crown


I grew a beard

And now I’m cheered

A sophisticated man

Part of an elegant clan


I grew a beard

It’s got dog-eared

I don’t have a trimmer

How can I get it thinner?


I grew a beard

With food it’s smeared

Why won’t it behave?

I think I’ll just need to shave

Islands of Hope Update – 30/03/2019

Not as big an update as I would have liked this week, it’s been my last week of term at school so very crazy. The good news is that I think I wrote my favourite line of the novel so far. This week we find out that the boat was from Princips, as if you didn’t know! The group that entered the island confront Du Puteron and this exchange happens…

“I suppose you know why we are here,” came a gruff male voice, denoting someone in their mid-forties.

“Is it for the ice cream?” Du Puteron did not try to hide the grin, “the ice cream is very good.”

Just shows Du Puteron’s comic side and it makes me smile, even if I did write it! You will have to wait till next week to find out what Princips have planned for him though. You can read those lines, along with a few others, in this week’s update by going here, or you can start from the beginning here.

Islands of Hope Update – 23/03/2019

This week the story starts a new chapter, no, not philosophically, literally a new chapter. We are back with Du Puteron who has stayed behind on Guernsey. But there is a boat approaching, who could be on it? Du Puteron does not think it is anyone good, but he is still going to finish his ice cream. You’ll have to wait till next week to see who is on the boat, but for now you can read this week’s short update on wattpad. Chapter 36 is here, or you can start from the beginning here.

‘Islands of Hope’ aesthetics

I have been taking part in a game called The Merry Writer for a few months on twitter. It is run by Ari Meghlen and Rachel Poli (click their names for links to their websites) and is where they ask a writing related question every day. You can reply by tweet and are therefore connecting with other writers. One task that comes up every now and then is to provide aesthetics for your WIP (work in progress). I am not the sort of person who creates aesthetics, in fact before I entered the game I did not know what they were, although I have images in my head. Therefore, to take part, I had to find some images and pop them together using my image editing skills. After creating a few I thought I would write a blog post to share them with even more people and hopefully get people excited about the serial novel I am working on. So here goes, these are the three aesthetics I have created for ‘Islands of Hope’…

Two Cities

islands aesthetic

These images show the difference between the two worlds that the novel starts in. On the left we have the idea of the technology rich mega city where the wealthy live, safe in their walls and happy with their lives. On the right we have an example of a slum, the poor scrabble to make a living, just hoping to survive. Crime and corruption are rife here. Kira, the main protagonist, starts in a slum but is taken to a mega city when she steals a loaf of bread. She is sold into slavery, but her owner is not the slaver she thinks he is. This is where her adventure begins.



Kendra is the managing director of Princips Ltd., the company that has a monopoly on the world and therefore runs it. She runs the company with an iron fist, and has a few skeletons in the closet. Not that anyone would find them as she does not let anyone get close to her. Cross her at your peril. When a group of Princips’ employees, trying to protect the slums and make life better, find some dirt on her they think they can bring her down. But then again, life isn’t that easy.

Future Technology


As the story is set a few hundred years in the future, new technology is part of the world. As Princips have taken time to take over the world, technological advancements are not as great as we would have hoped, however they are around. One example in the image above shows an airship, there should be rotatable propellers to thrust it up and forwards but I could not find an image with that on. Also, virtual reality is a big thing in terms of training people. The image of the soldiers shows what the guards in the mega cities are like, although they have guns with rotatable barrels for different types of ammunition. The most important breakthrough is the holographic watch, a fully powered computer where the screen can project out of the watch.


If you have not read the novel so far I hope these aesthetics excite you. You can start reading the book on wattpad by clicking here. It is updated every Saturday. If you are reading it already then please drop me a comment about how you think it is going. Any feedback, positive or negative, is appreciated.


Photo sources: all photos are from either pixabay or pexels and are copyright free and available for commercial use.