Islands of Hope Update – 24/02/2018

It has been another busy week. I have been introducing new technology into my lessons at school and am teaching extra sessions on a Saturday for the next three weeks. That means smaller updates I’m afraid. I thought this week’s might only be a hundred words at one point but managed to get down about three hundred and fifty. I am actually really glad with this update, it starts to bring some of the three story threads together. Basically it is Martha finding out about one of Kendra’s secrets, that links to Kira’s Mum’s mission and in turn will link to Kira later on. I hope it starts to build excitement about where the story goes next. I now have to think if I want Chapter 15 to be really short or add in an extra bit that might be a bit too much tell but might make you think a little more. Oh well, for now you can read Chapter 15 on wattpad here, or start from the beginning here.


Islands of Hope Update – 16/02/2018

Said I would complete Chapter 14 this week and I did! As it was half term I managed almost one thousand words. It is mainly description about the underground base but has allowed me to build in some new technology and make the story feel a bit more sci-fi. I feel we have now moved Kira into a good place and the story can start to kick on. My concern, however, is that I have some good ideas of where the novel can go but, for the first time, have come to a junction where I am unsure of the next direction. I have an idea for the next chapter but really need to do some thinking about the project, I know I said it was pantster but even inside pure pantster writers there is an element of knowing where the story will end! Anyway, the update is now on wattpad, you can read Chapter 14 here or start from the beginning here.

Islands of Hope Update – 10/02/2018

Well I said I would finish Chapter 14 this week, I didn’t. Did manage another five hundred odd words but there is more to go. I blame how busy I am at work! It is half term this week though so I may well be able to add even more words. There is little else to say this week so for now you can head on over to wattpad and read Chapter 14 here, or start from the beginning here. I will finish the chapter by the end of the week!

lslands of Hope Update – 03/02/2018

I had intended to complete Chapter 14 this week but I’ve been busy, very busy. You almost only had a two hundred word update, but a late surge got me a few hundred more. I could be disappointed that I did not write more but hey, at least I have an update. It does mean Chapter 14 will continue next week as well. I could have added in a little more but the, not very exciting, cliff-hanger of what is behind the holographic wall seemed a nice place to stop. I will try to finish this chapter next week but cannot say for certain if I will. Please stick with me, the story is moving forward and being updated each week which is what I planned. Anyway, for now you can read Chapter 14 here or start from the beginning here.

Islands of Hope Update – 27/01/2018

This week we return to Kira and she finally meets up with Du Puteron. It is not a happy occasion and Kira is very sceptical. I am not sure the dialogue is as good as it could be but it does the job. I am more impressed that I wrote as much as I did this week, it does feel like I’ve barely been at home! Chapter 14 will continue next week with a look at the underground training areas, for now you can read the start of Chapter 14 on wattpad here, or start from the beginning here.

New Poem: Polishing a sheep is a so hard job

With editing ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ and writing my serial novel ‘Islands of Hope,’ I have had very little time to do other writing. I wrote a lot of poetry at the start of last year but have not for a while. Partly due to other projects and partly due to looking for a topic. I have actually wanted to write another for a few months. The other day the opportunity arose! The wife and I we were singing songs to our 1-year-old girl, when we stopped we noticed our 4-year-old, who was playing with some trains, was singing the songs but with different words. The last line of his song was, ‘polishing a sheep is a so hard job.’ We laughed and then an idea for a poem jumped into my head. It is about a farmer who does strange things to animals to get them ready for a show. I was going to write it as ‘ Polishing a sheep is a very hard job’ but felt what my son said, whilst grammatically incorrect, sounded better. I tried rhyming but it felt forced, when I went without I felt I could write it like a conversation, or rather one person talking at another. I think it is best to read in a stereotypical British West Country accent because that is how I wrote it, partly due to the grammar errors in the title. You can read it below or go to my poetry collection ‘Bad Poetry You probably never want to read’ on wattpad. Oh yeah, if it is not clear, don’t try any of this at home!


Polishing a sheep is a so hard job

Polishing a sheep is a so hard job

They runs away when they see you

And you just gets one then they hear

That psst psst spraying and they’re gone

When the polish is on you gots to rub it in

But it mats up all the fur real bad

You gets a comb and pull and pull

Then you can get that real good shine

And it’s all worth the work you puts in

If all gets too much then remember this

They’ve got to be ready for the show


Ironing a chicken is a so hard job

They don’t like the heat you see

So yous has to iron from a distance

And that don’t always make them feathers flat

But get in too close and push too hard

Then the feathers burn and go black

Now no-one ever wants that

Especially not the chicken herselves

So though yous got to hold tight

You need to caress her and keep her calm cause

She’s got to be ready for the show


Hoovering a cow is a so hard job

You sees they gets lots of crumbs on em’

Not like biscuit or cakes but more likes mud

Now these ones are easier to catch

And if yous skilled you get on their backs

But they has lots a crannies about

The worst bit by far is the udders you see

When yous got that little hose they pop in

Then you pull it off and another is in

When milk comes out the hoover don’t like that but

She’s got to be ready for the show


But the hardest job is mopping a duck

You might say, why mop a duck who live in pond?

Well, pond water is the wrong type o’ water

And you can’t put cleaner in them ponds

Or else it makes duck sick you see

So I have to stretch over with mop in hand

But it just slips off his downy feathers

And off he swims, quacking out laughter

Once I fell in and thought why do I bother

But you know why I keep going? Cause

He’s got to be ready for the show


And when the show comes

They won’t laugh at what I do

First in show, four times through

And the prize is just a bonus

For the pride I feel in my heart

I polished the sheep

I ironed the chicken

I hoovered the cow

And I mopped the duck

All so they were ready for the show

Now, where’s that goat? He ain’t gonna descale himself

Islands of Hope Update – 20/01/2018

Well here we are again, another Saturday, another ‘Islands of Hope’ update. You know I think I use that phrase a lot as well as the one that will inevitably be at the end of this post. This week I have, somehow, managed to finish off Chapter 13. It has been a great week to show that you can be snowed under with work, and whilst working really hard still achieving a decent amount of writing. I am finding that when I have strong ideas about the story the words just seem to flow. Anyhow, this week sees the completion of Ukrit and Martha’s meeting and sees her join the flock of dissenters in Princips Ltd. Back to the main character of Kira next, but for now you can enjoy Chapter 13 here or start from the beginning here. Hope you are enjoying the story so far, feel free to leave me any comments about it.