Archive | Jan 2019

Island of Hope Update – 26/01/2019

I’ve had a really great week at work this week, incredibly productive. That does mean, however, that my writing has suffered. Maybe it’s because I wrote a big pivotal scene last week that I felt I needed to shift my energy back to my day job. Anyhow, you still get a small update to ‘Islands of Hope.’ This week we start Chapter 35 and, guess what, Kira is getting captured again, this is becoming a bad habit! Will she escape once more? You’ll have to wait till next week to find out. For now you can head over to wattpad to read Chapter 35, just click here. If you want to start from the beginning then click here. See you again next week!

Islands of Hope Update – 19/01/2019

I managed it, not sure how, but I managed it. The scene I had in my head for so long, one of the defining scenes of the book, is now live on wattpad. It complete’s Chapter 34 and reveals whose side Ukrit really is on. I am now thinking I should have put a few more twists and turns in beforehand, explored his character a bit more. Maybe that will come anyway when I edit the story before it goes onto Smashwords. For now, though, you can enjoy a key point in the story. It did not turn out exactly as I planned but I think it still has the same impact (pun intended – you need to read the chapter to get that!) and seems more realistic than what I was going to write. OK, Chapter 34 can be got to here, or you can start from the beginning of the book here.

Islands of Hope Update – 12/01/2019

I had really hoped to finish the next section of the book this week, there is a scene I have been waiting to write for some time. I have, however, been back at work and therefore time is disappearing at an alarming rate! I started the scene, a continuation of Chapter 34, but have not got to the best part. Rather than rush it, I thought it better to wait until next week and have a well written scene. For now you can read the start, where Martha has entered the boardroom and is starting to let rip! Chapter 34 is live on wattpad, get it by going here, alternatively you can start from the beginning of the book here. In other good news, I got a positive comment about ‘Islands of Hope’ and two votes on wattpad. Things are looking up!

A Writer’s Guide… to being a Teacher (in the UK)

My first guest post, hopefully helping writers write about teachers…

Official Author Website of Ari Meghlen

This is part of the series of blog articles called “A Writer’s Guide…”, check out this article by writer Chris Harvey on being a Teacher.

A Writer's Guide to being a teacher (in the UK). Image: empty classroom

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Islands of Hope Update – 05/01/2019

Welcome to a new year and the first ‘Islands of Hope’ update of 2019. Is it an exciting one? Probably not, but it does set up for the scene I’ve been waiting to write for some time. I know I have taken on this project as a pantster, but there were still key points in my head. For now you will have to settle for the first part of Chapter 34, back with Martha and her hunt to finally confront Ukrit. You can read the update on wattpad as usual, just click here. If you want to read from the start then head here. Here’s to a good 2019, and hopefully you will enjoy what ‘Islands of Hope’ has in store.

The good old (slightly late) end of year review – 2018 Edition

Another year over, another review of the year. This was supposed to come out at the end of December but it has been a very hectic festive period. Right, on to the review, it’s been a great year for writing with the release of my comedy fantasy novella, at last! Also lots of poems written and my sci-fi serial novel going well. So here we go, a quick look at 2018…


cover-blogA Close Shave with Destiny

Three years ago I started writing a short story to sell for 99p so I could raise money for Movember, a charity that helps men’s health causes. You grown a moustache in November and get sponsored. The short story developed into a 40,000 word novella so I felt it best to donate some money to Movember and release the book as a piece of work in its own right. After three years of writing and editing I finally released the book in both e-book and print formats. I am really happy with the story but could have done with more proofreaders. Still, I hope people enjoy it. You can get it on Amazon using the following links…

Kindle UK

Print UK

Kindle US

Print US


Islands-of-Hope-CoverIslands of Hope

My serial novel was in its second year in 2018, again the plan was to update something every Saturday, even if it was only about 150 words. I am happy to say I managed that, updating every week. The story is now about 45,000 words long, so almost actual novel length. I will continue to update it throughout 2019. I have just got to a good bit so am excited to carry on. If you have not read it yet, it is set two hundred years in the future where a corporation runs most of the Earth. Kira, a girl living in a slum, steals some bread and is caught. She is sold into slavery, but her buyer is not the cruel man people think he is, instead he is building a resistance. If you want to read it so far you can on wattpad, just click here.


Bad Poetry Cover BLOGPoems

I don’t write poems that often, just four or five a year when I get some inspiration. They are housed in my collection on wattpad entitled, ‘Bad Poetry You probably never want to read.’ I managed six in 2018, which I think is pretty good. You can read the whole collection by clicking here, or head to the blog posts for each of the six poems (just click on the poem titles), they were…

JanuaryPolishing a sheep is a so hard job – the title comes from a phrase my, then four year old, son said. It made me think of something a crazy farmer would do, for some reason it rang around my head in a west country accent. I wondered what else the farmer might do, like iron a chicken or hoover a cow. But why do that? To get them ready for a show of course!

MayA Great British Holiday – In the Easter holidays I went to stay in a holiday cottage with my parents, wife and children. We had a great time sampling the delights that the midlands had to offer, however it kept raining. This poem is my love affair with what Britain has to give to the traveller, even though the weather can be less than desirable.

AugustAn Ode to the Greatest Toy – As a parent you can shape your children to like the things you like, reliving your childhood through them. I made sure my son was into Lego a long time ago. We always worked together to build models, however, in the last year my son has become able to make models by himself. He now likes to rebuild old models we did together so I have been relegated to brick finder, this poem speaks of my frustrations.

OctoberChange – Change is a poem about a tree growing, dropping seeds and new life beginning. It was written for National Poetry Day. There is not much more to say it about it really.

NovemberCancelled – I wrote this poem at a train station whilst waiting for a train after the one I should have been on was cancelled. Even more annoying was that I had rushed to get the first train. Oh well, at least it gave me an idea for a poem!

DecemberThe Boy who Saved Christmas – My last poem of the year was released just before Christmas. The family had visited Father Christmas and the big man’s hat had fallen off. My son picked it up and gave it back to him, I like to think he may have saved Christmas. Even if he did not, I got the idea for this poem out of the situation.



So, all in all a good 2018 in terms of writing. I set my goal as ‘just write’ as usual, and I feel I definitely achieved that. So what about 2019? Well, I have never hit targets when I give myself a list of them, so I will go with ‘just write’ again. I seem to write more with less pressure on me! Having a time-consuming job and a young family also means I do not have the time to write that I would like. That said, it would be good to get my Young Adult novel, ‘The Fifth Coin,’ ready to send to publishers for query and complete the first draft of my serial novel, ‘Islands of Hope.’ I do also want to write another Super Lizard short (I’m actually part way through one) and a flash fiction for ‘The First Flash of Hope.’ So, yeah, plenty to keep me going.


Right, I will sign off with a Happy New Year, thanks for reading my stuff, and I hope 2019 is great for you. Also I hope you continue to read my work, and maybe even review one of my books on Amazon or Goodreads…please, pretty please!