E. M. Dillon

New slang term for the publishing industry?

E. M. Dillon August 9th, 2008

I think I may have invented a new slang term for the publishing industry…

“Your book has too many Napoleons,” the editor said.
I was confused, never having heard the term before.
Napoleons?” I asked.
“Yes,” he replied taking off his glasses and staring at me with cold, weary eyes, “NapoleonsBony Parts… Your book needs fleshing out in many places.”

Time Spheres update: 21st July, 2008

E. M. Dillon July 21st, 2008

I just thought I would let you know that I have started work on volume two of Time Spheres, titled “Time and Tide”.

So far I have just written chapter titles and a very brief synopsis of each chapter to guide me as I go.

I’ll keep you advised.

All the best,

E.M. Dillon


E. M. Dillon July 8th, 2008

Harper Collins have launched a web site called authonomy.

To quote the authonomy site:

We’re on a mission to flush out the brightest, freshest new literature around.

Why that sounds like Time Spheres!

So I have created a profile for myself there and uploaded “Time Spheres: Out of Time”. If you like the book and want to help nudge it towards publication, register with authonomy, search for my book by its title (or follow this link) and click “back the book”.

The more people who back it, the greater its chances of being noticed by a publisher.

You will also find lots of other new and exciting books there.

Many thanks,

E.M. Dillon

Time Twins Spheres update: 26th June, 2008

E. M. Dillon June 26th, 2008

Well, it has been a while since I gave you an update but I have been working away in the meantime.

On the one hand, I have been working away at my day-job, because an aspiring author still has to earn money to pay for life’s luxuries, such as food and clothes and rent.

On the other hand, I have been giving thought to some new threads to my story and there have been some changes.

The first change, as you may have noticed, is that I have changed the title to “Time Spheres”. I did this so as to allow myself the freedom to explore and focus on characters other than the twins.

As for the other changes, you’ll just have to read the book and tell me what you think. Some of the changes won’t make sense until a later volume, so you will just have to remain curious for a while. I think you will find it worth the wait.

All the best,

E.M. Dillon

Time Twins update: 12th January, 2008

E. M. Dillon January 12th, 2008

With minor changes to the version you have already seen, click here for the re-vamped Chapter Two.

Time Twins update: 10th January, 2008

E. M. Dillon January 10th, 2008

It has been a while since I last posted here and I thought I would let you know about a couple of changes to Time Twins.

I have been planning to add a new thread to the story, so I decided that while doing so, I would also review the book to see where it might benefit by expanding the narrative. As I do so, I will release each chapter in its own .PDF file. You will need a copy of Acrobat Reader to be able to open those files. The first of those files is available here. Can you see where the new thread has been stitched in?

Do let me know what you think of this version as opposed to the version you have read already. Remember that you need a password to open the file. If you don’t know the password, then e-mail me.

Time Twins update: 17th July, 2007

E. M. Dillon July 17th, 2007

I did some thinking over the weekend and as a result made some minor changes throughout the novel last night. The most significant of these are:

  • An expansion of the scene in Chapter 1 when the twins stop for a rest in the town of Craven Arms.
  • An expansion of Chapter 19. I won’t say what it involves here. Read the chapter and see for yourselves.

Eight things about me

E. M. Dillon July 3rd, 2007

Notorious “Insultant”, Rowan Manahan, has tagged me to disclose eight items of trivia about myself, so here goes…

  1. The only bones I’ve ever broken are my clavicles. I broke both of them in the same accident (which involved a paddling pool, a stool and a notion that diving off the stool might be a good idea) when I was one-and-a-half and the left one again when I was 23.
  2. I am neither a cat person nor a dog person. I love both species and the reason I only have cats is that I have no desire to pick up dog poo with a plastic glove.
  3. I proposed the idea for Time Twins to Rowan Manahan as follows: “I have an idea for a story where some kids go time travelling.” In fact, that was the sum total of my idea. However, he liked it and by the end of the day I had a two-page synopsis. The rest will be, or is, history, depending or when you are reading this. Or maybe it’s geography, depending on where you are reading this.
  4. I don’t eat anything I am not prepared to kill myself, so haddock is OK, but fluffy bunny wabbits aren’t. When I say: “Haddock is OK” I mean it’s OK from my point of view. Things are looking quite grim from the haddock’s point of view, of course.
  5. When I was a child, I used to include in my nightly prayers a request to become Spider-man when I grew up. I still want to be Spider-man. I just don’t want to be Peter Parker.
  6. As a boy, I once stole an onion from a display outside a grocer’s shop because my cousin said I was too chicken to give it a go. “Why an onion?” you ask. Well, it was the nearest thing to hand and I was too chicken to go inside and steal something palatable or useful. Stealing is wrong, I know that now. I have since donated many onions to charity.
  7. I was asked stuff during a radio interview too you know, Manahan! Oh, wait, you were there.
  8. My favourite book is The Warlock in Spite of Himself (curse you Christopher Stasheff for being so good!). To preview the book, follow the link and scroll using “Previous Page” and “Next Page”.

I think I’m now supposed to tag eight other people. The problem is the only serious blogger I know is Rowan Manahan and he has already been tagged. However, here are the people I would tag if I knew them:
Eoin Colfer, J.K. Rowling, Jacques Cousteau (if he had a blog and was alive to run it), Jackie Chan, Michael Moorcock, Iain M. Banks, Joss Whedon and Christopher Stasheff.

Time Twins update: 5th June, 2007

E. M. Dillon June 5th, 2007

I had a thought about injecting a little more excitement into one of the chapters, so I’ve changed the end of chapter 16, adding about three pages to it.

Although the copy you download is A4 sized (to make it simpler for you to print), the version I work with is A5 sized, as this is similar to the size of an actual paperback. I’ve resized the margins in my working version to make them more like a real book. This gives me a clearer idea of how long the work is. As a result, the average number of words per page has gone up from 240 to 270. However, this means the number of pages has dropped from 214 to 195. I don’t like being below that magical “200″, so I’m going to have to write at least five more pages, so watch out for yet another update soon.

Time Twins update: 22nd May, 2007

E. M. Dillon May 22nd, 2007

Well by now, I imagine you have read the whole draft of Volume One.

While it was always intended to be just the first part of a larger story, I felt that the reader might be a little dissatisfied with a simple “to be continued”. As my good friend MTM put it, it suffered a little from “Empire Strikes Back” syndrome.

I gave it some thought and came up with an idea which I felt could seamlessly stitch into the story. I have therefore made some minor changes to chapters 4 and 15 and more significant additions to chapters 18 onwards.

You can get away with not reading 4 and 15 again, but please do read 18, 19 and the Mesologue to catch the new slant, and please do let me know if you spot any seams!

Next »