Welcome to the blog

Greetings, I am Tom…of the North.

What?  My name is Tom and I live in the north, I had to call it something.

If someone had have asked me a couple of years ago what a blog was, I’d have been able to give only a general wide ranging response.  Whilst I hadn’t actively avoided them, I certainly hadn’t made any serious effort to read one either.  So, to get from there, to the point of having created one with a serious intent to maintain it is quite the turnaround.

So why have I now created one?

Well there are all sorts of answers to that question.  To start with it’s a good way to practice my writing and (hopefully) get good feedback on it.  It’s also a good way to connect with other writers or indeed anyone interested in the writing process, whether you’re published or not I’m interested to hear what you have to say.  Hopefully I can also help unpublished authors avoid many of the traps and pitfalls I have encountered on my writing journey.

In that vein, I shall be posting about the things that inspire me to write what I write, experiences in publishing my book and the dreaded (for me at least) process of promoting it.  I’ll cover the things that help me when writing, from the relaxed conditions in which I write, to the music I listen to while I write (anyone else have a writing playlist?).

You will no doubt be unsurprised to hear I have plenty of other interests besides writing.  From movies, to video/board/table-top games, football (soccer), the emotive subject of politics and all sorts of other things besides.  Overall, I think we’re going to have plenty to discuss.

Finally, I welcome any comments you may have; however, I do ask that you be nice and respect other people’s opinions.  So basically, just be cool to one another.

Peace out and have a great day.