Category: Announcements


Announcement: Back on Track

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it readers?

Apologies for the lack of updates over these past months. There’s a long answer, but the simple answer is that my postgrad work load, coupled with some system shake ups at works, have meant that I haven’t had the energy to get into the place I need to be for writing Cold Ghost. I suppose that comes across as a weak excuse, but it’s simply how things have been for me.

With this in mind, I’m hoping that by summer, my initial training will be all nicely wrapped up and I might have at least a larger buffer under my belt in order to proceed. Until then, Cold Ghost will remain on an irregular update schedule at best.

In the mean time, if you just can’t wait and want to see my everyday rambling, you can check out my tumblr. Fair warning, it doesn’t have a lot of web-fiction related content and does have lots of content on social justice, cats and kimono.

For those of you who are still fans or reading after all this time, thank you so much. I hope that Cold Ghost can get back on track and you’ll enjoy where the story goes from here.

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Dreamers of Dreams, the anthology featuring Cold Ghost & other web fiction stories is now live and can be read here for FREE! Here is the link, so please go here to download!:

http://scr.bi/dFv2jX

Also, time is running out to vote on the short story which I will be writing for the Author’s Support Edition. Please vote in the poll in my previous announcement and comment to have your say. I want the short story to be something you would enjoy, so I’m counting on you all for feedback on this one!

Hello reader, it’s been a long time, hasn’t it? Some things have been in the pipe line, and I would like to pass along the good news!

On April 11, 2011 there will be the release of the first volume of Dreamers of Dreams: A Webfiction Anthology. This will be an Ebook release, released simultaneously on several popular Ebook and webfiction stores. It is a free book containing excerpts and opening chapters of several web fiction novels currently available for free online. The works that will be included in this anthology include works that have been completed and novels currently being serialized.  There will be a large range of genres available in this anthology, with everything from science fiction, urban and high fantasy, murder mystery and more dystopian apocalypses than you can shake a Boomstick at.

The intended aim is to try and introduce readers to new stories and serials that they may not have heard of, and raise the profiles of newer writers who are showing promise and are putting themselves and their works out their on the internet. There are also hopes that this is anthology which shall be released on a regular (but as of yet, undecided) basis.

Volume one of Dreamers of Dreams will include the following authors and stories:

Ted Campbell             – Flyover City!

Eva Shandor               – Cold Ghost

Cassandra Stryffe      – Zombie Diapers

Bex Aaron                   – Independence Day

J.J. Adams                  – The Undeadslayer

Alexander Hollins        – Phoenix 2125

Rebecca Wilson          – Soul Chaser

Christopher Wright      – Pay Me, Bug! 

Kyt Dotson                  – Black Hat Magick

G.L. Drummond          – Enter the Weird

Miladysa                      – Refuge of Delayed Souls

Meilin Miranda                        – Scryer’s Gulch

M.E. Traylor                – Guts and Sass

The anthology has been compiled and distributed by DreamFantastic Publishing. If you’re looking for more information on the anthology, or would like to find out more about the individual authors who are involved with this project, take a dander over to http://www.dreamfantastic.com/anthology/

Even more exciting, a .99 cent edition of the anthology, the Author’s Support Edition, will be sold starting the end of April. Why should you buy this? Because it will contain additional bonus content from many of the authors involved in the project, some of which may not be available on their sites as of yet. You would also be supporting the authors and their works by purchasing this edition, and showing support for your favourite web serials. For those Cold Ghost fans wondering what will be in it for them, I am including a polished chapter for the regular edition, and will be writing an previously unseen short story for the Author’s Support Edition, which you will be able to vote on at the bottom of this blog post.

If you havea any questions or concerns, or even if you are interested in being included in future anthologys, you can contact the fantabulous Alexander Hollins at Editor@dreamfantastic.com.  Hopefully as and when the anthology does live, I shall link my lovely readers to it, so they can discover more material.

EDIT: If you vote other, or vote for the third option, then please PLEASE comment and clarify! If you all vote for supporting character and then don’t state which supporting character you are voting for, then it makes it much harder to write this vignette!

Just to inform you that no, I have not been eaten by a smarmosaurus.

Sadly, the month of November exploded, and I have been inundated with Real Life things, such as work and paper work for my work and course work for my training for my work. Looking at the updates, I realised that the last time I updated was at the end of October, and I do apologise for this unannounced hiatus. It came out of no-where, and before I knew it, November had come and gone.

I was called to my home town to pick up a large chunk of my belongings, and I have a large chunk of course work that is due in next week. Luckily, I have done most of it, but it still needs to be typed up as my trainers have an online submission system because it is an off-site class. I have Chapter 17 of Cold Ghost written up, but I have decided I should hold back until my other deadlines have been met for obvious practical reasons. Hopefully, Cold Ghost will then return to its usual schedule and I may have some catch-up writing time during the Winter Break.

I did notice however, that we had a huge surge in hits during November, especially from the Slash Pile. To any new visitors, thank you very much for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed what you found here; please feel free to drop me a message. To my regular readers, thank you for your continued support at this time.

I am hoping that perhaps I can put up some Ontario Diaries to distract you in the mean time, which will happen some time this week. Cold Ghost will re-commence on the 17th of December 2010.

You may have guessed from all the capslock, but I finally have internet again. The hiatus for ‘Cold Ghost’ is almost over.

I say ‘almost’, because I have a teaching interview on Monday morning, and I feel that that needs to be my number one priority. It’s wonderful to have the web back, and it’s wonderful to be considering the prospect of updating ‘Cold Ghost’ and continuing the story. But I’m going to have to delay Cold Ghost’s full return until after this interview.

The good news though, is that I am a glutton for punishment. And just because I’m not updating right now does not mean I won’t be writing at all. You see, I’ve signed up for WeSeWriMo 2010 and set myself a target of 20, 000 words over all. Not very impressive sounding I’m sure, but since I have a lot of IRL things to prepare for, it’s still a tall order. One of my other aims is to have an increased update schedule this month – it may not always be a full chapter of Cold Ghost, I’m hoping that after Monday there will be more updates on the site in general. I might even get up some Ontario Diaries or Shinjuku Diaries for you!

Thank you for all of your patience during this difficult time. I do sincerely hope that you enjoy ‘Cold Ghost’ and continue to read it.

Many apologies for the lack of update on Friday and lack of communication. I apologise, I realise this is unprofessional and I shall explain myself forwith.

In short, not last Thursday but the Thursday before, it was confirmed that I had acquired gainful employment, which is wonderful. On the downside, my new accomodation does not have internet access, and is unlikely to have any until August. I don’t even have access before I start work, or just after I finish it. In order to leave you all this message, I’ve had to pop around to a friend’s house and gank their access, but this is not something I can be doing constantly, especially around my current work schedule.

This unfortunately means that ‘Cold Ghost’ must go on an importu hiatus until I have proper internet access. Once again, I apologise for my lack of posting and not being able to notify you of this better. I hope sincerely that you will continue to support ‘Cold Ghost’ on Top Web Fiction and Web Fiction Guide, and will continue to read it when it starts updating again in August.

Announcement: Updates

Recently, the updates have been a little late going up, and I do apologise for this. In my defence, both update days occured on Fridays when I was VERY busy, the second of which, I had to attend a training conference. Unfortunately, yet again I will be travelling on an update day, and in a worst case scenario, may not be able to update until Tuesday UK time, as I have an important interview to prepare for on Monday. Hopefully, I will be able to prepare myself adequately in the next two days, and this will not be a problem.

I will also be relocating in the near future, and I am as of yet unsure about internet arrangements for the new abode. This is merely a ‘shout-out’, if you will. As soon as I know anything that will negatively affect my updating abilities, I will of course let all of you know about it as an announcement. Thank you so much for your continued support and patience.

As always, I very much appreciate people leaving ratings or reviews on Web Fiction Guide, or voting for ‘Cold Ghost’ on Top Web Fiction. It doesn’t take more than a few seconds to vote, and it raises our profile dramatically, and while reviews obviously take a little longer, they provide me with excellent feedback to make ‘Cold Ghost’ better. In fact, if we hit the top 10 of Top Web Fiction, I’ll be offering the first part of the Ontario Diaries as an incentive, and if we hit the Top 3 (aiming high here, guys!), I’ll be offering artwork/sketches as well. So get votin’!

Hey there readers!

Just to let you know I have set up a community for discussing Cold Ghost and My Last Wilderness. You can find it here at:

The Salsa Bazaar

Feel free to join up, watchers! I’ll put a link in the My Links Section.