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Early Islands of Hope Update – 13/12/2018

Some of the eagle-eyed among you will notice that it is not Saturday yet you are getting an ‘Islands of Hope’ update. The reason? We are into the Christmas season and therefore I am away visiting family and the like, I leave tomorrow night (at the time this is published!) so need to update today (Thursday, or the date in the post title if you are reading this weeks from now, now being the time I am posting this, not writing it as it is now Wednesday to me, that is Wednesday 12th December 2018, not some other Wednesday, you get the gist!), my previous early updates have been on a Friday but this time you get a Thursday. Anyway, on to the good news, Chapter 31 is finished (cue cheering sound track – I don’t have one here so you will have to play it in your head or find one on YouTube!). The reason it is done is not due to me finding loads of extra time, but more that my car broke down and I needed to get the train to work, then the train was delayed so I sat on my phone and hammered out the rest of the chapter. In this update Martha finds some interesting evidence about the recent vote, she thinks Ukrit is involved. Is he? We know Kendra is, but how did Ukrit get the evidence from a network that is not connected to Princips? That is a question for later, for now you can head over to wattpad for the completed Chapter 31, just click here. Alternatively start from the beginning here. Sorry for the jokey tone this week, just starting to feel a bit festive, to quote the Coke advert (sorry to the people who actually wrote the song, I mean I could have looked it up but couldn’t be bothered) ‘holidays are coming.’


Islands of Hope Update – 08/12/2018

As the school term winds to an end we have events of every kind going on, which affects the time I have to write massively. So this week I am still plugging away with Chapter 31 of ‘Islands of Hope.’ Martha has managed to get into Ukrit’s tablet but what will she find? I had hoped to give you that information but ran out of time. For the moment you can read Chapter 31 on wattpad here, or start from the beginning here. If you come back next week I may even have completed Chapter 31, don’t hold your breath though!

Islands of Hope Update- 01/12/2018

Can you believe it is December already? Time to get Christmassy! Before all that there are some ‘Islands of Hope’ updates to worry about. I had hoped to complete Chapter 31 this week, but in my job Christmas means loads of extras. I did manage a bigger update than the last few weeks though, about four hundred and fifty words. Martha has made it into Ukrit’s office, but he’s not there. What can she do while she waits? You’ll have to read to find out. You can read Chapter 31 on wattpad by going here, or start from the beginning here.

Islands of Hope Update – 23/11/2018

Between parent’s evenings, badminton matches and parties it has been a very busy week. I feel I have barely spent any time at home and as such have done very little writing. It is another very short update to Islands of Hope therefore, about one hundred and fifty words again. I did say my only plan was to update it every week so I have at least managed that. This update sees Martha heading to Ukrit to confront him as she thinks he is lying. You can read Chapter 31 on wattpad by clicking here, or start from the beginning here. I would like to guarantee a larger update next week but I am afraid I cannot.

New Poem: Cancelled

No, the new poem has not be cancelled, it’s called ‘Cancelled.’ This is a bit of an extra for you. I was on a training course the other day and rushing back to get my train home on time. When I got to the station (in time I might add!) the train had been cancelled, I wasn’t best pleased, especially as I had over an hours wait till the next train. But then, from bad things good things appear, or rather mediocre things, OK bad things, but from bad things other bad things appear did not sound as good. Anyway, this poem popped into my head. I wasn’t going to write it but the first verse kept playing over and over. I think it works quite well. I was desperately searching for something to rhyme with something train related in the last verse, I came to carriage and marriage and that gave the whole poem a slightly sadder feel so I went with it. The rest of the poem is from experience, but I have been married for many years and we did not wait over an hour for a train on our wedding day, so the last bit is artistic licence. Anyway, you can read ‘Cancelled’ in my poetry collection on wattpad, entitled ‘Bad Poetry You probably never want to read,’ by clicking here, or as you are already on the blog post you may as well just read it below…



Hurry hurry

Check the clock

Keep on running

Just can’t stop


Time is ticking

Double fast

Keep up the pace

It has to last


There’s the building

Right in sight

I will get there

Using all my might


Quickly looking

Find the screen

Which platform?

Have you seen?


Do we go

North or South?

To Edinburgh

Or Bournemouth


I think I have it

Yes I do

That one there

Six thirty two


The noise has stopped

Why the hush?

Our train’s been cancelled

Why did we rush?


So here we sit

With overpriced food

And a cup of tea

That’s over brewed


It’s not the way

To start a marriage

Waiting an hour

For a packed carriage

Islands of Hope Update – 17/11/2018

Wow! That was a really busy week, extra stuff at work and on a training course. It all means I have barely been online to interact with any of you good souls. It also means that I have done very little writing (although there is a bonus poem coming that I wrote as I was stuck waiting for a train). So the ‘Islands of Hope’ update this week is a mere one hundred and fifty odd words. Sorry about that. I could have written a little more but have offered to write an article for another site so focused on that in my free time. For the moment you can read the start of Chapter 31, about Martha checking out the story Ukrit told her, by going here, or start from the beginning here.

The Locations of ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’

My comedy fantasy novella has been out for a few weeks, and the competition to win a copy is over. So I thought I would give you some more information about the book incase you missed the first couple of weeks of marketing. This blog post will tell you a bit about some of the key locations in the book.  The book is set in a moustache so I cannot really show exact images of what locations look like. However, I have been on pixabay and gathered some images that give a good idea of what the locations would look like. Before I start, I want to give a massive thank you to Ari Meghlen who gave me the idea to do this post, you can check out her website here, it has lots of great writing tips on it.


Right, so here are the five main locations in ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’…

Folical VillageFolical Village – (name based on a hair follicle) A small village of wooden shacks where the main protagonists come from; Wignut and Barnabas. The villagers believe in the one true God and are very religious. Well, all except Wignut, who thinks religion is a load of rubbish. He and Barnabas are sent out from the village to find some sticky stuff to glue the houses down after the village elder, Melstone, prophesies the coming apocalypse.

SpoticuleRed Spoticule Volcano – (name based on a spot) A large volcano with steep sides that is a blot on the landscape. Barren and lifeless yet tall and overbearing, our adventurers know that it is quicker to go over it than round it. But is it worth the risk? Especially as it could erupt at any point.


White FangsThe White Fangs – (name based on white hair being in moustaches i.e. it is patch of white hair) A mythical place that has become part of legend. It is eerie and scary so no-one enters there. It is a patch of pure white trees. Legend says the Wanderers patrol it, lifeless humans who have had their souls sucked out. They now wander The White Fangs looking for other people to take the souls from.

Philtral ValleyPhitral Valley – (name based on Philtrum, the divot in the face that leads from the lips to the nose) A beautiful valley that leads from The White Fangs to the Caves of Nosterak, known for bandits. It is lush with rich foliage and a babbling brook running through it. Has steep sides, but once within the valley it is a paradise.




Caves of NosterakCaves of Nosterak – (name based on nostrils) Two large caves next to each other. No-one has travelled inside as it is said that the Boogelas live there. Horrible creatures from your worst nightmare that lure you in then eat you alive. There are many other stories about what the Boogelas look like and what they do to people, but no-one has actually seen them so they may just be a myth. Best not to enter the caves, but Wignut and Barnabas need the sticky liquid inside.

So there we have it, some of the locations in ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ along with images I have gathered off of pixabay. Not all the locations are what they seem though, some have surprises within them. If you want to know what there are you can find out by reading ‘A Close Shave with Destiny.’ You can get it from Amazon using the links below…

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Kindle US

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