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January 1, 2022
This is such a strange time of year. All the anticipation leading up to Christmas has gone, but the new year has not really got into swing. Many people have been back at work already, but the decorations are still up. Before you can decide what might happen and what you'd like to achieve in 2022, you need to assess where 2021 has brought you.
Personally, I expected to complete Discord's Shadow far sooner than I did. By the time it was finally launched on 6th November there was little time left for embarking on other projects, However, I'm not downhearted about it. Instead of concentrating on what I didn't get done, I'm thinking about what I did.
I completed the first draft of Discord's Shadow, all the edits, keying in, formatting and proofreading, found a cover, set up the pre-orders and the marketing. I've also written 31 Iyessi songs. Better yet, I've had some really positive feedback and sales to make the hard work worthwhile. In addition, I've written more than a handful of poems, a couple of short stories, some non-fiction and revised some of my previous work. Thanks to the last of these, one of my plays should be getting an airing in 2022 (Covid-19 permitting), and there are several publications in prospect. More importantly, I've joined Get the Word Out, a local group of writers that read, perform and otherwise share their work.
Considering all the disruptions 2021 has thrown up, not least learning to live without our two dogs, I don't think that record is too bad. Slow, I might have been, but I kept going. If any of you reading this feel you haven't achieved what you should have in the past year, remember anything that you've got done is an accomplishment in itself. I'm sure many of you have had to contend with far more than me. Be kind to yourselves. You haven't given up, and that is perhaps the greatest success.
Hopefully, this year will be easier. May 2022 bring you health, peace and happiness.

P.S. Today is your last chance to download Discord's Child FREE and Discord's Apprentice half-price in the Smashwords End of Year Sale. Go to http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ksdearsley before 11.59 pm.
 

Hit the Ground Running

December 26, 2021
This is the time of year when submission calls and competition deadlines can be thin on the ground. Editors and contest organisers deserve a break too! It gives writers a chance to look about them and gather some ideas for all the opportunities that are coming up in January. Here's a round-up of a few.
Playwrights should get writing now if they want to send work to the next BBC Script Room call. They're looking for stage, television, film or radio scripts at least 30 minutes long. You'll have...
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Getting Away from It All

December 18, 2021
I don't have a secret door to a fantasy world in the back of my wardrobe, nor can I flip open my phone and ask Scotty to beam me up, but I shall be running away for Christmas. There will be no last minute rush to the shops, nor any family arguments about which old film to watch on TV. I shall be in my own world, or more likely, a someone else's world.
If I'm not scribbling notes and ideas for my own writing, I shall have my nose in a book or two. There will be no shortage of choice as the Sma...
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Making My Escape

November 20, 2021
Technology is wonderful but I've had quite enough of it for a little while, thank you very much. I've been trying to add details of Discord's Shadow to Goodreads and the cover won't upload. I've tried everything I can think of without success, although I had no problems uploading it anywhere else, so I've had to ask the Librarians for help. They're very good, and I'm sure they'll manage it straight away, but to escape the frustration I've turned to the latest Third Flatiron anthology, Things ...
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Double Trouble

November 16, 2021
Just when you think everything's under control, something comes along and slaps you in the face.
I came up with the title of Discord's Shadow before I even started on the first draft. At the time, I did an internet search, and was happy that it didn't clash with anything–book, song, game, anything else. At intervals, I repeated the search. When I put the novel on Smashwords and Amazon for pre-order I checked again. Now, only a week since Discord's Shadow was released, I put the title in on ...
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Two Days to Go

November 4, 2021
With only a couple of days to go before the publication of Discord's Shadow, it's now available to pre-order on Kindle and in paperback at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KQRY6MS and B09KNCZR3D respectively, as well as on Smashwords. This has been such a long time coming that I wanted to make it a little more special, so you can also download the first in the series, Discord's Child, from Smashwords FREE until 6th November using the coupon you'll find at  http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ks...
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The Wait is Almost Over

October 26, 2021
Preparing Discord's Shadow for publication has been rather like getting ready for Christmas: you have a list of things to do and things to get that seems to get longer rather than shorter as the days race by, then just as you're ready to throw up your hands and resign yourself to being too late, they're all done. There are still a few things on my publication list, such as reformatting the manuscript for Kindle and paperback but, at the risk of jinxing myself, they should be easily doable in ...
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Time Well Spent

August 22, 2021
I treated myself to enough books to fill a shelf in the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale, and I couldn't resist starting on them any longer. I must have had the wrong glasses on when I chose them because instead of series starters, I found that two of the books I downloaded are second instalments. Once I stopped being irritated with myself, I realised what a good opportunity this was.
As anyone who follows this blog can hardly have avoided noticing, the third novel in the Exiles of Ondd series, ...
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I Used to Be Indecisive...

August 9, 2021
"Set up a mailing list," they said. "Make your readers feel special, send them newsletters, give them something extra." It sounded like a good idea, so I looked into it. I researched reputable providers and it seemed simple enough.
Having written a landing page and welcome email, and devised a programme of newsletters, I began to have second thoughts. I got as far as setting up an account for verification before I discovered that my existing email address would not be accepted as it isn't att...
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The Time Has Come

July 19, 2021
At last I can announce that Discord's Shadow is available to pre-order at Smashwords. This means that it now has a firm publication date of 6th November 2021. I was going to make it a week earlier, but the Smashwords site recommends releasing books at the weekend after a holiday, and as 1st November will be a Monday, I decided on Saturday 6th instead. (Never let it be said that I don't pay attention to advice!) This date will not change, barring floods, fires, hurricanes, earthquakes or the i...
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About Me


My writing career began as a freelance feature writer for the local press, businesses and organisations. Now a prize-winning playwright and short story writer, my work has appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic. I write as K. S. Dearsley because it saves having to keep repeating my forename, and specialise in fantasy and other speculative genres.

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