October 2012

Random Penguin

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Media giants Pearson and Bertelsmann have announced the intention to merge their publishing arms — Penguin and Random House, respectively. The split for Penguin Random House will be 47%-53% in favour of Bartelsmann and should close in the second half of 2013, subject to regulatory approval.

Sadly I think they got the new name backwards: Random Penguin would have been so much better…

A Splendid Salmagundi

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Recently I contributed a short story to this anthology that’s just been published on Amazon. My story is called The First Day, and features two of the minor characters from Hunted. It’s a nice little introduction to the world of the Kingsmen, and I think you’ll like it. Check it out:

A Splendid Salmagundi is a delicious salad of short stories seasoned with a light dusting of poems, covering a variety of genres.  You will find one or two true stories, some humour, some horror, fantasy, adventure and science fiction.  Many are Amazon published authors whose work you may already have read.  Others will soon be favourites.

Contributors are alphabetically, D M Andrews, Tim Arnot, R J Askew, Baarbaara, Andrew Barrett, Kath Brinck, Michael Brookes, Alexandra Butcher, DD Chant, Mel Comley, Lexie Conyngham, Raymond Daley, Ian Ellis, Robert Franks, Cornelius Harker, Mark R Faulkner, Vic Heaney, Jonathan Hill, Darren Humphries, Andrew Lawston, Stephen Livingston, Will Macmillan Jones, M T McGuire, Kath Middleton, Marc Nash, Harry Nicholson, Jenny Shaw, Rosen Trevithick, Simon Turpin, David Wailing, Jim Webster, Philip Whiteland.

Click HERE to buy on Amazon UK

Click HERE to buy on Amazon US (.com)

A Splendid Salmagundi Official Website

Dodger – Tickets now on sale

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Tickets for the STC’s world premier production of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Dodger go on sale today.

“Dodger is a tosher – a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn’t. But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him.
And Dodger’s tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins…”

The play is being staged at the Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon (about 10 miles South of Oxford), from 22 – 26 January 2013 (matinée Sat), and features me in the role as Henry Mayhew. If that doesn’t tempt you, I don’t know what will…

Tickets and more info: http://www.studiotheatreclub.com/CurrentPlans.html

Tweeterlicious

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I really must learn to use this Twitter thing! Anyhow you can twitter me, follow me, all that good stuff. @TimArnot. There’s a nice little button for it if you scroll down the page. Just think, one day you can say to your grandkids “I remember when Tim made his first tweet… bloody awful it was too!” or words to that effect. Go on, follow me: You know you want to!

New title… Hunted

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Sorry it’s been a while (actually it’s been a bloody long while – just looked at the date on the last post – oops!) Anyhow, my October resolution will be to post more often…

The novel now has a new title. It’s HUNTED (I rather like those single word title books – I’m sure you’ve seen them, Uglies, Gone etc.) and the subtitle is Kingsmen book 1. Yes there will be a book 2! (yay!) and I already have some thoughts on it.

Next month sees NaNoWriMo, and I’m entering that. Im planning out what I’ll write at the moment. It won’t be Kingsmen related, and will feature space ships. More on that later. Towards that goal, Ive decided to try and get the first draft of Kingsmen finished before the end of this month. That means daily targets and stuff, which is all good practice

Anyhow, breakfast calls, so more anon. 🙂