New look for the Astronomicon website

View of the new website layoutI’m pleased to be in a position to announce that I’ve completed major revamp of the whole Astronomicon website. Almost everything beyond the logo has changed/moved/improved. The whole look is more contemporary, dynamic and now works properly across almost all browsing devices.

Ideally, I would have done it back in November but my failed attempt at NaNoWriMo this year took up all my spare time (and some sleep time too!). Now it’s complete, I can get back to writing my next science fiction novel. 

From now onwards, I aim to post regular updates on my writing progress. Anyone interested in reading the next Astronomicon series will get a better idea of the path to publication but, more importantly for me, it will help keep me working and on track to get it finished in as short a time as possible.

NaNoWriMo update

Astronomicon: Icarus front cover designWe are past the halfway mark now and things aren’t going too badly on the NaNoWriMo front. I’m having to work around the restriction of not having enough spare time to write every day, but I’m only slightly behind my target. Next weekend I plan to catch up and, hopefully, get a little ahead. Even with such a tight deadline, I fully expect to achieve the target 50,000 words by the end of this month.


See my progress here: Paul’s NaNoWriMo Stats.


Any writers reading this and wondering if they should give it a go next year? GO FOR IT!! I recommend it to everyone. You might not achieve the 50,000 word target, but it’s excellent experience and for many people it’s the impetus they need to make proper headway in writing a book. Many writers cite it as the key thing that gave them that push to finish their first novel, and once you know you can finish one, writing more becomes SO much easier. The only way to fail is not to try.

NaNoWriMo challenge going well!

It’s such a relief that, after five days into the 50,000 word challenge, I have managed to keep my head above water and keep up with the daily target. Better still I have built up a little leeway which should buy some breathing space if I have some difficult days later on.


I have to say that NaNoWriMo has been excellent fun so far. There’s an excellent atmosphere in the community, the forums etc. there – lots of support and advice and a competitive spirit which help most of us keep going.


On top of all of that, Astronomicon: Icarus is shaping up nicely. Now I’ve been able to fill out a lot of details and dialogue, I like the way it is developing. There’s a lot of action, a couple of minor disasters (so far) and I believe (and hope!) that a lot of my characters are rather interesting.

I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this year.

Astronomicon: IcarusI considered doing it last year, but the timing did not suit me and, looking back, I now know I wasn’t ready for it anyway. This year’s a completely different situation. I have just finished the fourth Astronomicon book (Those Left Behind) and that leaves me in the perfect position to use NaNoWriMo to complete the first draught of another Astronomicon title “Icarus”. It should be challenge and an interesting experience.


Assuming I finish the first draft by the end of November, then I can concentrate on editing and polishing in December before submitting it for proofreading and editing. Whether I can get it out on Amazon before New Year’s Eve, I don’t know, but I’ll give it a try.


Anyone else taking part in NaNoWriMo this year?