Giving Effective Feedback – New Video Upload

Hi Everyone

I have haven’t been posting any sporadic blogs over the last week or so as things have been incredibly hectic, so, please accept my apologies on that.  However, I have managed to find the time to pull together my video on giving effective feedback, which is the companion video to my editing tutorial, which I link in the video and you can access HERE

So, without further adieu, Giving (effective) Feedback


As ever, I hope you found it useful


Happy Writing!




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The Monthly Roundup – New Video Upload

Hello Folks

This week’s video update is my monthly roundup, a sort of video blog that just updates people on what I have been up to that is related to writing and storytelling, and maybe the odd other thing that has been significant to me.

Anyway, here is the video




I will also include links to things referenced in the video.

The Blog I mentioned relating to Speed Reading is  HERE

You can grab a copy of Gardens of the Moon HERE

Atticus Books in Lancaster has a blog HERE

and my blog about my false start is HERE


That is all for this week.

Happy writing!




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Editing: New Video Upload

As much as I want to upload videos on creative writing techniques and so forth, I feel that since I am going to be encouraging viewers to do exercises in group sessions and then give feedback, it is appropriate to cover feedback.  However, I also believe that before I go through giving good feedback, I should cover editing properly albeit briefly.

This video is about the editing process.  Enjoy.



I will shortly be posting a longer video on giving feedback.  I have opted to keep them separate so as not to have too long a video which may be taxing on devices etc.

You will be able to see the feedback video here shortly.

All the best, and happy writing to you!



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Storytime – Voices

Hello Everyone

As part of my ongoing commitment to storytelling, from time to time I will be posting some of my work, read to you by myself, for you to appreciate and hopefully enjoy.  It is also in part to give you an idea that I do have some expertise in what I am talking about, and I will try and pose some questions about the story at the end of each video.  These should not be viewed as homework so much as they are food for thought and prompts for discussion among a group of writers and story tellers.

And without further preamble, Voices…




I hope you enjoyed that story as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Don’t forget you can follow me on Facebook or Twitter, and you can crowdfund this channel on Patreon

All the best, and happy writing to you!



The Empty Page: New Video Uploaded

Hi Everyone

For your information, I have just uploaded a new video to Youtube, entitled the “Empty Page”, which is a video dealing with one of the issues writer’s sometimes face.




If you are interested in the software used to create this video, I used

Corel Video Studio Ultimate 9x  for video editing – Available here

Inspiration for mind mapping – Available here


I hope that was of use to you.

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All the best, and happy writing to you!




An email arrived from “The Bloodletter”- Shared Storytelling Experience

Hi Folks

I got a strange email the other night, claiming to be from “The Bloodletter”, with the title “The Game Begins Now…”.  I was a bit dubious, but had a look as I was curious.  What I found was the start of a story, with me filling the role of the protagonist (from the set up, it is entirely possible my character could just as easily be hero or villain of the piece).

Now, in this day and age, I was just a a tad cautious.  It could be spam, however a few of my friends with similar interests also received it and confirmed the authenticity.



As it is of relevance to Fantastic Tales & Adventures, I have decided to share the first story prompt here.  And my reply to it.  Tell me your thoughts.


From the Bloodletter (Quite clever, the dual meaning there)


You awake like a rushing ascent through cold water. Your head jerks to the left and your right cheek stings. Someone just slapped you, quite hard. Your eyelids open, your eyes blearily focusing on the brightly lit room around you.


You must be in a hospital. There’s a blonde woman in a nurse’s uniform standing over you, a smirk across her wide, full mouth. Her teeth seem large, especially the canines. Her eyes hold no pity. Despite appearances, you know she’s not a nurse. Your arms and legs are held to the gurney with thick leather restraints, but it looks like the buckles could be broken with the right twisting motion.


She pulls a worn photograph from her pocket and holds it right in front of your face. “This,” she whispers “is our enemy”. The photo shows a pale skinned woman with masses of curled red hair. It’s obviously taken through a telephoto lens, likely at night. The woman in the photo looks harried, the picture taken as she looks back over her shoulder.


The blonde drops the photo onto the bedside table and lifts a small, square wooden case from the floor. She opens the latches, and from the velvet interior lifts a strange device. It resembles a steel sphere, with a round compass on top and something like a fly fishing reel attached to the side. The glass dome covering the compass has hinges and can probably be opened so that the compass needle can be accessed. “You’ll need this. Follow the compass, walk, and wind the wheel. She has hidden herself well, and the journey can only be completed on foot.”


She replaces the device in the box and leaves it on the table beside the photo. She reaches down beside the bed and lifts up an ornate leather sack, like a wineskin. The stopper is bone white and richly carved. “Her blood goes in here. All of it.” She drops the sack across your feet.


She looks into your eyes for a moment, then silently mouths “I’ll be thinking of you”. She straightens, taps her temple with the same smirk and walks quickly out of the door and down the corridor.


You assess the situation:


1)   Your skin is much whiter than it was, and when you rub your fingers together it has a hard, rubbery feel. Your muscles are larger and have much better definition. Your body feels stronger, more powerful. More energetic. Your teeth have grown and become sharper. You must be almost bald as you can feel no hair between your scalp and the mattress.

2)   You know that you are strong enough to break out of these bonds, and careful enough to do it quietly. There are numerous things around you that could serve as improvised clubs or perhaps piercing weapons. The only chance for a gun would be taking it from a police officer. You learned this gestalt approach in special ops training, but it comes to mind quicker and more clearly than before.

3)   It’s dark outside. By the wind and rain lashing the windows, you guess that you’re on a higher floor of the hospital. The best route down would be the stairs, although the concrete architecture suggests that climbing down the outside could be possible.

4)   You need to find clothes.

What do you do?


My Reply


My first thoughts are of escape.  I roll onto my right side, ball me left hand into a fist and use my strength and weight, which is likely to be more than I recall due to the unexpected muscle mass.  I pull, and then relax.  Then repeat.  Once I have freed my left hand, I will undo the remaining restraints.

Once free I gather my thoughts on what is the last thing I can remember.  In fact, what do I remember about my life at all?  How I got here at all is urgently important, however knowing a bit more about who I am, other than basic information regarding special forces training.  I also want to know what I look like.  If there is bathroom in my room, I will go in there and have a look at my mirror.  I will then wrap my elbow in a towel, or a bedsheet if there is no towel, and break the mirror and keep a shard as a weapon, slicing a bit of the cloth or towel to wrap round to make a handle for it.

I am formulating an escape plan, but it depends on information.  I make a search of the room for any clothes, even a hospital gown.  Then I turn out my room light, if it was on, and open my door ever so slightly to peak out.  I am hoping there are fewer staff on at night, and that they are less alert.  What do I see?


Exciting stuff!


All the best