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Author Tom Kane's blog. Tom's genres are Humour, Sci-Fi, Horror, Military Fiction, Travel and Dark Paranormal Erotica. You can find his books on Amazon kindle, paperback and most other eReader formats.
Maggie: A Brittle Sea Extract
2020-09-08 06:16
Nature takes its own counsel and its own course. Nature’s overriding loyalty is to nature and nature decided to cure Magda of all but one of her ills. Magda awoke with a start, sat up… Read More
The Loss: A Brittle Sea Extract
2020-09-07 13:29
Matthew G. Turner III was not a man to show any emotions, except for one, anger. And when a man as powerful as he gets angry, people had better get out of his way. At least, that’s th… Read More
Rescue Mission: A Brittle Sea Extract
2020-09-07 04:34
The scene of debris, bodies, capsized-boats, flotsam, and a mass of small icebergs scattered across a wide expanse of freezing Ocean sent a chill down Blackmore’s spine. It wasn&rsquo&helli…Read More
Magda’s Journey: A Brittle Sea Extract
2020-09-06 18:43
The great day had arrived, and Magda was agog at the sheer mass of people, horses, and carts massing on the quayside. Even automobiles, unheard of where she came from in the Ukraine, a form… Read More
2020-09-04 12:21
Another boom from the shore and this time the shell hit the water only feet away from the ship’s stern. “Helm! Move it! Give us all the speed you can. Get us out to sea and use… Read More
A Little Bit Of Perspective
2020-09-03 19:09
How you live your life is in many ways about your point of view, your perspective, or how you see things. Take the current pandemic as an example. It’s not only killing thousands of p… Read More
2020-09-02 12:39
If you’ve ever swam in the sea where there’s a strong current, you have some idea of what it’s like swimming against the tide and in some cases how dangerous it is. Well… Read More
2020-09-02 03:52
Extracted from The Brittle Sea Most employees lived on the top two floors of the building while the work was carried out on the next two floors down. The ground floor was free for delivery… Read More
The Orange Rat
2020-08-23 12:06
What’s the connection, dear reader, between fruit, the word black, the sea and Covid-19? Okay, I can see you’re flummoxed so I’ll tell you. The fruit in question is orange… Read More
The Eyes Have It
2020-08-13 13:09
What is it about eyes. Why is it when we look into the eyes of certain people, we feel lost in the moment and suddenly your heart is pounding and butterflies have just burst forth in the pi… Read More
Copy This
2020-08-13 11:32
Those of us in the writing community probably have an idea what one is, but most do not. I refer to a copywriter. Equally, some, probably only a handful of people, know what a copy boy used… Read More
It’s All About Image
2020-08-09 13:42
Who said Image is Everything? It was in 1989 when a young up-and-coming American tennis star named Andre Agassi, on the set of a commercial shoot in the Nevada desert, stepped out of a whit… Read More
Beware The Gurgles, They Strike At Random
2020-07-29 03:42
If you hear a small noise, down below, don’t restrain it, let it flow. It’s only the Gurgles, those bubbly burgles, letting your gas join the show. The Gurgles live in holes in… Read More
Book Extract 2: The Brittle Land
2020-07-29 02:48
Maggie’s Trauma Magda took a long sip of bourbon and savoured the warmth of the liquid, the subtle fieryness of the smooth liquor as she allowed it to slowly roll around her mouth, be… Read More
The Ground Rules
2020-07-28 03:12
You’re a bean of Columbian distinction you need to be roasted to perfection. Not too much, not to dark, you have to be right for those up with the lark. When the time comes to ground… Read More
Where The River Meets The Money
2020-07-22 02:01
As you probably know, dear reader, I’m English. That means I was born into the English language. I learned the language the natural way from birth and then honed my skills at my Gramm… Read More
The Indie Author: Publishing
2020-07-21 07:23
Many years ago, in the dark days before the personal computer shone a light on the world of writers, I wrote my stories, books and poems on a portable typewriter. My only aid to writing was… Read More
The Division #2
2020-07-07 08:21
Image by David Mark from PixabayTwo Anderson slowly opened his left eye. His head felt like it was splitting in two and his right eye didn’t want to respond. All he could see was flash… Read More
The Dark
2020-07-06 07:38
The Dark Copyright © Tom Kane 2020 This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagin… Read More
Book Extract: The Brittle Land #1
2020-07-06 03:43
I intend placing a few extracts to The Brittle Land on my blog. Though these will be in chronological order, they will not be consecutive order. In other words, some chapters will be left o… Read More
The Brittle Land: 1st Draft
2020-07-01 01:56
Writing a first draft is always a daunting prospect. But if you want to be a writer, an author, a novelist, a paperback writer, whatever you want to call it, you have to write. You have to… Read More
The Brittle Land: Planning #2
2020-06-29 18:42
I’m just over 30 chapters titled in book two the the Brittle Saga Trilogy, The Brittle Land. Another 30 entitled chapters and I’m virtually finished planning. With over 10k in w… Read More
Morning Glory, What’s The Story?
2020-06-29 06:24
Nope, nothing to do with Oasis, though I do like the music. This is to do with a lovely climbing plant. In my Mediterranean garden I have something of a Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde plant that… Read More
2020-06-29 00:01
The Faces were an English rock band formed in 1969 by surviving members of the original Small Faces lineup when their lead singer Steve Marriott, left the band to form Humble Pie with Peter… Read More
The Brittle Land: Planning #1
2020-06-24 02:11
If you have an idea for a novel that you want to write as a piece of speculative fiction, how do you go about planning? Or indeed, do you go about planning? There are writers out there who… Read More
The Music Years: Duncan Browne 1972
2020-06-15 22:28
Every now and then you will come across something in your hopefully long life, be it a painting, an image, music or the written word, that touches a raw emotion. So it was with me in 1972 w… Read More
The Brittle Saga Timeline
2020-06-15 11:24
Cover design © Tom Kane 2020The Brittle Sea is published on Thursday 25th June 2020. This is book one of a trilogy which I have called The Brittle Saga. The second book is The Brittle L… Read More
Some Of The Greatest Authors Self-Published
2020-06-13 03:50
There still seems to be a stigma attached to being an Indie Author. We are still looked down on as the little yappy terrier in the midst of a pack of well groomed pedigree hounds. Though wh… Read More
The Music Years: Thin Lizzy 1976
2020-06-09 13:10
Image by Otto Keenan from Pixabay1976 and I’m 21 years old. My job is pretty cool. I was classed as a special executive. Sounds grand but equated to a general dogsbody, but it was a go… Read More
The Music Years: 1979 Bohemian Rhapsody
2020-06-09 08:59
Image by katyandgeorge from PixabayBohemian – a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts. I have never been that interested in going to art galleries… Read More
The Music Years: Lynyrd Skynyrd 1973
2020-06-08 00:23
Image by Kevin Phillips from PixabayIf I said, “Sweet Home Alabama” and you were familiar with American Southern Rock music, then you would probably say, “Oh yes, Lynyrd Sk… Read More
The Music Years: Wishbone Ash 1972
2020-06-07 17:59
I was a late comer to being a fan of Wishbone Ah, but once I let the guitar intro for Blowin Free wash over me, it was a cinch that once a fan always a fan. No matter how many times I hear… Read More
Being Skillful Is Being Human
2020-06-05 04:56
Image by Brett Hondow from PixabayIn my long a varied life as a professional human being, I’ve learned a few skill-sets along the way. Apart from the obvious, like walking and talking… Read More
The Music Years: Gerry Rafferty 1978
2020-06-04 18:28
Image by David Mark from PixabayIn 1978 I turned a corner. I quit my job and started to work for myself. I had a goal, a vision in fact, of using technology to get myself into writing a book… Read More
2020-06-01 11:43
As things currently stand, and I know after feedback I have a few tweaks to do on The Brittle Sea, it looks like a June 18th or possibly 25th 2020 release date. I still intend to do a price… Read More
The Division #1
2020-05-31 18:04
Image by David Mark from PixabayI’m starting a serialised science fiction story here, which I’m hoping will run into about 8 parts, so watch out for the first posting first week… Read More
The Brittle Sea – Rewrites
2020-05-30 00:52
With a first tranche of editing completed and rewrites finished, I have a few new chapters I want to add in and expand on one other chapter. So that now leaves me at 96k words, so I should… Read More
The Brittle Sea – Front Cover
2020-05-28 13:14
Okay, dear reader, and any writers who may be reading this. Above is my latest attempt at a front cover for The Brittle Sea. I have a simple question, or two, for you. What does this cover… Read More
The Brittle Sea – Blackmore’s Lament
2020-05-28 04:24
“There’s a song that makes me cry,a song that tells of freedom. A song of love, that lovers sing, that lovers build their dreams on. I haven’t heard that song today, I kno… Read More
The Music Years: 1971 John Kongos
2020-05-27 04:38
Image by Lorri Lang from PixabayI have a confused area in my brain that is called the 1970s. It wasn’t so much sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll that had me reeling, it&rsquo&hell…Read More
The Brittle Sea: Read Through Update #3
2020-05-24 18:34
My first read through is complete and I’ve found about 130 typos and silly mistakes. But also I’ve identified three rewrites. I’m estimating the final draft will be about… Read More
The Brittle Sea: Read Through Update #2
2020-05-20 07:42
Image by Free-Photos from PixabayThirty percent into reading ‘The Brittle Sea’ for the first time, and I’m surprised at how well it reads. But then, I’m biased, I wro… Read More
The Brittle Sea: Beta Read Through
2020-05-19 08:13
I’ve had about 8 hours sleep now, in the last 48 hours, must admit the editing took a lot out of me, especially with the really hot and muggy weather we have been experiencing. Now th… Read More
The Music Years 1973: Keep Yourself Alive
2020-05-12 00:46
Image by Emslichter from PixabayIt’s 1973 and I’m 18 years old. Long hair, hippy lifestyle, flares, brown and yellow platform boots and a desire to stay at home and read! What? Y… Read More
2020-05-11 23:46
Image by Peter H from PixabayDuring this Coronavirus lockdown I haven’t really wanted to do too much other than what I’ve been doing, i.e., writing. My normal routine is working… Read More
2020-05-01 23:18
Image by Olga Lionart from PixabayIt seems that everywhere you go, everywhere you look the news is all about the virus. You cannot escape it, you cannot hide from it, it is all seeing, all c… Read More
Coughs And Sneezes Spread Diseases
2020-05-01 00:52
Image by mohamed Hassan from PixabayWhen I was a young child, you would often see government adverts on the TV concerning health & safety issues. They were called Public Information Film… Read More
The Slow Tick Of A Time Bomb
2020-04-24 02:52
Image by 13smok from PixabayThe current lockdown here in Cyprus means we can’t go outside our premises just for the hell of it, except to walk our dog. For any other purpose we need to… Read More
The Staff Of Life
2020-04-22 02:41
Homemade Bread RollsBread, sometimes referred to as The Staff of Life, is a staple food in all human societies and has been for thousands of years. Bread, in all its forms, is the most widel… Read More
What Goes Up, Must Come Down
2020-04-19 09:47
Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from PixabayI’ve just watched a fly-by of a police helicopter. Never normally seen in this neck of the woods, but increasingly being put to use to detect ill… Read More
Here Comes Summer
2020-04-17 13:47
It’s been pretty hot today, 28°C/82°F here in Cyprus, and  it’s still hot at 4pm, despite it clouding over. Wall to wall blue sky means, hopefully, the summer is co… Read More
A Simple Writer Framework
2020-04-10 04:46
Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayWriting is creative process. But you also need a framework to work within that allows you to be creative. What you need is a plan. But it’s not all… Read More
A Pandemic War
2020-04-01 03:09
Image by Tony Phelps from PixabayThe Coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe at an alarming rate, overwhelming many governments who simply were not prepared for what hit them. The v… Read More
A Place In The Shade
2020-03-30 13:11
I started writing a blog about my experiences as an expat Englishman living in Cyprus and never expected it to be popular, just something you may notice in passing and have a quick look at… Read More
The Brittle Sea: 2nd Draft Progress #3
2020-03-30 04:49
So far I’m about 40% into the 2nd draft of The Brittle Sea and so it’s going along nicely. However, there are always sticking points, and I’ve reached one. They say… Read More
Make Way For 1984
2020-03-28 03:38
Image by Mystic Art Design from Pixabay“It was a bright day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Thirteen? I hear the world gasp? Okay, maybe not the world, but at l… Read More
Please Sir, Can I Leave The Room?
2020-03-25 02:39
Image by mohamed Hassan from PixabayI rarely ever asked for permission to leave the room in school for a call of nature, or any other call. My bladder has always been pretty good at dealing… Read More
Coronavirus: Just One Touch
2020-03-22 09:39
Image by Alexas_Fotos from PixabayJust one touch, that’s all it took. She had no idea that pressing the numbers on the keypad, while entering her pin number, was going to be so devasta… Read More
The Brittle Sea: 2nd Draft Progress #2
2020-03-20 13:21
It’s been pretty slow going wading my way through 80,000 words in order to put meat on the barebones of The Brittle Sea. There have been times when it has seemed pretty daunting, work… Read More
Coronavirus: What If?
2020-03-19 19:34
Image by Fabien Huck from PixabayIf you’re stuck indoors because of self-isolation and are keeping to a social-distancing regime, then here’s something to keep your mind active… Read More
Coronavirus: Apocalypse Now Or Later?
2020-03-17 20:04
Image by Enrique Meseguer from PixabayAs a writer, particularly one who loves the science fiction genre, I’ve often written story outlines that are based on an apocalypse. A what if sc… Read More
Coronavirus: The Long Haul
2020-03-17 01:01
Image by Alexey Hulsov from PixabayA virologist at the University of Nicosia in the captal of the Republic of Cyprus has declared that he believes Cyprus should be clear of  the #Corona… Read More
Coronavirus: What Could Be Worse?
2020-03-16 00:42
Image by Steve Richardson from Pixabay Someone on Twitter once commented how nice it must be living in Cyprus. I couldn’t have agreed more because it’s a lovely island in the M… Read More
Coronavirus: Cyprus Closes Down
2020-03-15 19:06
Image by Omar González from PixabayThe Cyprus government has ordered that certain public venues must close their doors to the public from 06:00 on Monday 16th March 2020, for four wee… Read More
Coronavirus: A Sobering Thought
2020-03-15 18:19
Image by mohamed Hassan from PixabayIn his opening remarks at the March 3 media briefing on Covid-19, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated: “Globally, about 3… Read More
Coronavirus: No Poo Today
2020-03-15 08:51
Image by Alexas_Fotos from PixabayNo poo today, my roll has gone away. No more in the store, the last one’s out the door. You can sing-a-long to this to the song No Milk Today as perfo… Read More
The Fun Side Of Doom & Gloom
2020-03-14 05:36
Image by Jeroným Pelikovský from PixabayIn light of the Coronavirus pandemic, I think we could all do with a little bit of humour, in the face of adversity. The Brothers Dumb T… Read More
Coronavirus: A Partial Ban Is No Ban
2020-03-14 01:12
Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayLast night the president of the Cyprus Republic announced as at Sunday 15th March 2020 there would be a 15 day entry ban for people coming into Cyprus&helli&hell…Read More
Coronavirus: A Sociological Event
2020-03-13 08:44
Image by pasja1000 from PixabayI was born in 1955 and I celebrated my 65th birthday in January 2020. At the same time I was also laid low by the swine flu, so thank you mother nature for suc… Read More
Coronavirus: Lockdown
2020-03-13 00:32
Image by Free-Photos from PixabayOriginally this post was to be about the small number of known cases of COVID-19 that were in Cyprus. The situation hasn’t changed in so far that there… Read More
Coronavirus: One Flu Over The Viral Nest
2020-03-12 05:28
Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayOne early morning, back in January, my wife and I had to get up early to wave her daughter and family off who were returning to Jordan after the Christmas a… Read More
The Brittle Sea: 2nd Draft Progress #1
2020-03-09 05:23
If I were a Super-hero, I would say that I had an ability that I’ve never heard of in anyone else. maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t know of anyone who can both write a chapter… Read More
Playing The Gesy Game
2020-03-07 02:36
Image by Steve Buissinne from PixabayWhen it comes to health care, there’s a relatively new kid on the block in Cyprus. GESY is the entity that now acts as the Cyprus National Health S… Read More

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