Much to ‘fathom’ out

Chapter two wrapped. Only 15k words at this point but, having done it all before, the remainder doesn’t seem daunting at all. I’m taking my time with this piece as there’s no reason to impose any kind of deadline. Besides, in terms of complexity, NexiLexicon is shaping up to be a very intricate beast and so I’d rather focus on depth of content as opposed to rushing to completion.


2018 McKitterick Prize entry

The Jesus Man has been entered into a national literary competition called The McKitterick Prize. At my age, it’s pretty much the only one I’m eligible for and, to be honest, I don’t really put much stock in this kind of thing usually. The prize, however, is a special award and just being considered will be an experience in itself.

Mr Weston’s thoughts

Customer Review
By Kindle Customer on 18 September 2017
A novel to be read and enjoyed on many levels. There is the inevitability of a tragedy where the story reflects and examines the terrible excesses of the human race in an English that in its extraordinary breadth is brilliantly visual.
Despite the cosmic scope of the setting the author manages to convey with an unerring judgement the psychology and beliefs of the principal characters that lead to the dissolution of the race.

First Amazon review of TJM

Big thanks to ‘Twisted Mind’ (whoever you are) for this review of The Jesus Man.

Customer Review
5.0 out of 5 stars – Twisted mind.
By Amazon Customer on 1 September 2017

Baird has the ability to craft huge, bold plot lines and populate them with the most distinctive, entrancing and lovable/hateable characters. This is not your average end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it. He has so much craftsmanship when it comes to building a story from the ground up.

The Jesus man was a vivid, complex and enjoyable piece with some tough content and outstanding imagery that is worth reading and deserves a place on any horror/fantasy/apocalyptic fan’s bookshelf.

First of Ten

The first chapter of my second novel is done. The first 7.5k words. I’m enjoying the freedom I feel with this novel (i.e. I feel I’ve already proved myself with The Jesus Man), not being bound by a story that is already mapped out. The research for it has been very interesting too, I’ve taken in info about navigation, 19th Century ship building, same century advancement in firearms technology and cultural references of the time. Enjoying the history lesson, the reference material I’m having to order and I appreciate the help of local sailor Craig Robinson, a source of invaluable information!

TJM Hard Copy Versions

I’m getting orders coming in for the recently added option of hardback and paperback versions of my book, which is great to see!

If anyone wants a hard copy rather than an ebook, then paperbacks are £10 and hardbacks £15 plus a £1 contribution to p&p costs for either (UK only) – PM me for overseas enquiries and I’ll arrange dispatch and cost.

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